Every hour, explosions rock the United States—without warning of where they will occur.
Big cities. Small towns. Rural back roads.
Sinister messages appear on computer screens across America, and the message is clear.
No one is safe…
– Not disgraced FBI agent Grant, awaiting his call back to the big time;
– Not rapper Pal Joey, an international sensation;
– Not savvy beauty Caitlin, the ultimate “Sin City” party girl;
– Not even Naseem, the would-be martyr who helped plan the attacks.
As an unhinged mastermind paralyzes the country, all roads lead to Las Vegas, where unlikely heroes must put aside their differences and forge an alliance to stop the attacks before the passing hours bring down a Nation.
Can four people, united only by their hatred of a common enemy, stop …
This is understandably a book away from my recent genre of choice, romance and that was quite intentional to be honest. There was a time when I absolutely adored diving into suspenseful mysteries that gave me so many different insights into human nature, and I had been quite fearful that I wouldn’t exactly like going back to those genre of books.
I have never been more glad to be wrong!
It’s also quite hard to review a mystery book without giving away spoilers, hence, I am going to be talking more about what I felt about this book, WITHOUT giving away any references to any characters!
The Blurb of this book, Sabotage, gives away the majority of it’s characters but what it doesn’t give away it’s the masterful way the author had weaved characters and situations that ended up giving me heebee-jeebes!
The darkness that is perpetrated by the mastermind of the attacks seeps inside of me, and I found that I couldn’t get my thoughts away from him even with the goodness I could see in other characters. It might not have been the intention of the author to do so, but he has so expertly delved into the mindset of a character that could have gone either ways – but the author made him believable in a way that I sometimes wished he hadn’t for now I KNOW, that such cruelty, such intelligence could and does exist in this world.
This is a book, not for the faint-hearted nor for the overly involved readers – you would need a distance to read about these characters and what this world goes through – trust me, when I say this you read this book, keep yourself unattached. Kind hearts can’t take this kind of velocity!
The plot is complex and absolutely perfect – for while it takes a while for me to unravel all the threads, I thoroughly enjoy beating the author to his end-game – it’s a competition I hold for every mystery I ever read and I am proud to say that I have almost a 90% success rate 😀
The characters are vast, but it is quite easy to keep a track because it is the WRITING THAT TAKES THE PRIZE in this book – the complexity could have easily overwhelmed the reader, but it does not – and moreover, it is the writing that makes it all the more interesting and keeps you engrossed till the end of the book.
If you adore mysteries and suspense, then this is a book that you definitely need to pick up! ❤
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5
Sabotage takes you from many different vantage points through a series of domestic terror attacks. It moves fast, and was very fun to write. It has been very satisfying to turn it over to a small number of readers and gauge their response.
I have always loved the Beastie Boys, and, of course, who doesn’t love their song “Sabotage”? I had a trailer for a movie using that soundtrack in my head, but the story had never come together. One day, while boating on Lake of the Ozarks, I started seeing a story. It didn’t necessarily match up with the Sabotage trailer yet, but I eventually thought about using the new story along with what I had already written.
Sabotage is very different than my first novel, The Intern. There are some funny characters, but it’s not written for laughs in the way that book was. I also hope the reader enjoys the multiple points of view, male and female, and this obviously gives it a very different feel from my other book.
Dale Wiley is a Missouri attorney who has had a character named after him on CSI, owned a record label, been interviewed by Bob Edwards on NPR’s Morning Edition and made motorcycles for Merle Haggard and John Paul DeJoria. He has three awesome kids and spends his days working as a lawyer fighting big banks.