Triple Cross

Triple Cross

Book - 2009
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"TRIPLE CROSS is a smart, prescient thriller that makes one wonder why the bottom really dropped out of the stock market.  The story snaps and twists like a cracking whip, you can't help but root for Mickey Hennessey and his kids, and I defy you to guess the ending.  Mark T. Sullivan has written a super-charged bestseller and surefire motion picture!" - Robert Crais     The Jefferson Club is a remote, private resort for the super-rich - the buildings, the amenities, and the security are state of the art and beyond compare.  Many of the world's wealthiest people - business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians, celebrities - gather for the most exclusive New Year's Eve party in the world.  As expensive champagne flows and multibillion dollar deals are arranged, the unimaginable happens - a highlytrained, heavily armed paramilitary force calling itself the Third Position Army breaches the world's best security system and takes everybody hostage.     "Mickey" Hennessey, former U.S. Special Agent, is the head of security for the Jefferson Club.  A divorced father of three teenagers, he's spending the holiday with his kids.  When the club is attacked, his entire team is wiped out and only he makes it out of the club alive.  Now he's outside while his kids are trapped inside, hostages of the Third Position Army who are putting seven of the ten richest men on "trial"for their crimes against humanity, live on the internet for the world to see.  While a top FBI rescue team works feverishly to rescue all the hostages, Hennessey is determined to do all he can, to overcome  every obstacle, to ensure his children's safety - or die trying.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312378509
0312378505
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: viii, 390 p. ; 25 cm

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Sep 24, 2015

A disappointment, in several ways:
First, from a literary standpoint, the language is flat, bland, unpolished. In a novel of this genre, that may be tolerable (even Grisham and Forsyth are not masters of prose) but ...
Secondly, much of the story is too far-fetched and the depiction of all the main characters amounts to little more than archetypes -- e.g. the main protagonist Harrison being a former top level security agent who succumbed to drug and alcohol problems and had to leave the service, saw his marriage fall apart ... etc.; the outrageously super-wealthy elite, wallowing in extreme luxury and single-mindedly pursuing even greater wealth with total disregard for the environment, society and the rest of humanity. And so it goes.
Finally, the exploits of the teenage triplets, subduing an armed, trained terrorist with paint guns; clichés such a cliff-hanging rescues, fights reminiscent of "Terminator" movies; enough already!
The central concept of the book had real possibilities; dialing it back (a lot) and investing some effort in character development might have produced a much better result.

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