2012 Armageddon: Unholy Alliance by Preisler Harrington
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
All the terrorist plots in history pale in comparison to what unfolds in Preisler Harrington’s Armageddon 2012: Unholy Alliance. While there were friction points for me, his novella was highly entertaining from an action – suspense perspective with very strong messages on family bonds and sacrifice.
Jordan is a highly educated wife and mom who can’t land a career during some very tough economic times, a strain felt by most in her very close extended family. Then the Department of Homeland Security brings her on board to help with a backlog of intelligence assessments, and what she finds is the most complex and sinister terrorist plot ever conceived. With so much corruption and bureaucratic red tape, time is quickly ticking toward doomsday. Jordan and her boss, Barrett, work to smoke out dozens of terrorist cells and stop what could be the end of democracy. Will her plans and efforts be enough for her family and the country to survive the destruction this Unholy Alliance of terrorists has planned?
Some thoughts -
The realism of such an evil scenario is a major strength in this story, from the players involved to the methods employed. The social chaos that ensues was also very enlightening and frighteningly realistic. But witnessing the strength and love shared by this very diverse family, willing to sacrifice for each other and their nation was a key plus.
On the other end, some of the dialogue seemed a bit contrived, particularly a couple of scenes where Jordan begins discussing terrorist plans with Leonard. Having a military background, I took exception with such highly classified information being shared with family so early. The only other issue I had trouble with was the ending, which seemed far-fetched or perhaps a little too convenient but I’ll go no further because I don’t want to spoil it for others. This work, including the ending is perfect for a YA audience.
There is a lot to like in this story with plenty of thinking, action and suspense. Doomsday readers will see this as a five star effort while general suspense readers will likely see it lower. Being in the latter category I’ve given it 3.7 stars but again, if the end of the world is your niche, you’ll love this story.
Tom Clementson (Kindle book Review)