Mystery series author Stabenow ventures into new territory with this gripping thriller. Packed with espionage, intrigue and action, it keeps the reader holding on tight as an all-too-possible terror threat unfolds near the Alaskan shore.

CIA agent Hugh Rincon learns of a potential plot against the United States from a trusted operative who is currently working in Thailand. It appears that the attack will be launched from a freighter on the Bering Sea. Rincon's wife, Sara Lange, is serving there as the executive officer on the only Coast Guard vessel in the area. If Hugh has correctly interpreted the bits of information he's gathered, his wife's ship may be the only hope of thwarting catastrophe.

Stabenow's mysteries (the Kate Shugak and Liam Campbell series) have won her a following of loyal readers and this stand-alone novel is sure to please as well. The plot is riveting, as is the portrayal of life on the sea -- where peril can be as close as the next wave. This contemporary thriller is so realistic that one day it could be a headline news story. An exciting, fast read, this is one book not to be missed. (Jan., 272 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed by: 
Jo Peters