On Home Soil by David Lender

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    The basic theme of On Home Soil could have been culled from the headlines today (San Bernardino and Paris): ISIS is already in America. They are not at the gates. There are no gates. All the terrorist cells need is a charismatic leader: queue “Omar, the Albino.”

    CIA assassin Sasha Del Mira and her agency cohort, Tom Goddard, are involved in a steamy romance, and both begin questioning their motivation to continue in the spying game. When ISIS sends its top battlefield commander in Syria, Omar the Albino, to the States to train and mobilize its underground cells to bring its jihad to the U.S., Tom and Sasha are thrust into an all-out effort to thwart ISIS’ deadly radical Islamic agenda.

    Omar quickly organizes a series of kidnappings, and ISIS videos begin surfacing on the Internet of American hostages in orange jumpsuits. Complicating matters, a nationwide group bent on vigilante justice arises to combat the ISIS menace and threatens to go rogue against anyone fitting a Muslim profile. Can Sasha and Tom track down Omar before he unleashes a bloody wave of beheadings and terrorist attacks on home soil, and before social chaos erupts?

    The fourth book of the Sasha Del Mira series, On Home Soil sees heroine Sasha forced to explore the values and traditions she considers worth fighting for in an international espionage thriller with fast-paced action, driven by a steely female protagonist who is the equal of any male superspy.

    Review by JohnLamb:

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    On Home Soil is the fourth book in the Sasha Del Mira series. The first three are Trojan Horse, Sasha Returns, and Arab Summer.

    All are tightly written, well researched and edited. I reread the first three before reading On Home Soil. (It had been almost three years since I had read Arab Summer.)

    On Home Soil works well as a stand alone. The background from the first three books was seamlessly inserted.

    The basic theme of On Home Soil could have been culled from the headlines today (San Bernardino and Paris): ISIS is already in America. They are not at the gates. There are no gates. All the terrorist cells need is a charismatic leader: queue “Omar, the Albino.”

    “… ISIS will conduct a war of random strikes on soft targets by random cells, a war of psychological terror and social disruption.” Then ISIS will escalate the war on the infidels.

    This is a creative thriller with touching moments between Sasha and Tom, the main protagonists. (If you have not read Trojan Horse, you’ll never guess what Sasha did 20 years ago.) Henry, the other protagonist, and Omar, the antagonist, were particularly well developed characters. You could empathize with Henry and visualize the evil Omar. Even the ending was unexpected.

    Very highly recommended!

    Bonus review: If you enjoy financial scams with plenty of twists, try David Lender’s Rudiger series. The series is a light read with a setting mostly in the Caribbean, and you don’t have to have an MBA to enjoy them. I rate all six books 5 stars for cleverness as well as value.

    Review by Amazon Customer:

    This is a scary tale! An earlier reviewer said it reminds us of the latest terror attack in California and he is right. In fact the man in California had the same name “Syed” as one of the main ISIS characters in this novel. I would think that ISIL or ISIS would attack our homeland using the same methods as depicted in this book.

    Using a group of 6-8 men they go about knocking off 7 of the 10 CIA contol centers in the USA – all at the very same time! This event energizes the collective US forces of CIA, FBI, Joint Chiefs of Staff and numerous local authorities. The author gives excellent methods for destroying the enemy and in the end, they work to perfection. I was fascinated by the use of the drones (Predators and Reapers) that zoom in on a persons face from 40,000 feet and smack them with a missile.

    Sasha and her husband Tom have a long history of CIA assassin work and she is a very tough lady. However in this episode, she is paired more with Henry, another assassin who really becomes a major character himself. He possesses the same quick wit and intelligence as Tom and Sasha. This is an excellent read and I highly recommend it.