Hunt has put together a taut page-turner. The complex story is carefully presented layer by layer, which keeps the tension and the suspense high. All the pieces come together to give a fascinating look at what the world might be like in the not-too-distant future. While the action drives the story, the colorful characters round out this well-crafted novel.

In the second story to feature former assassin Leah Berglund and reporter Elliott "Del" Delgado, the two face a new crisis. They're brought to Washington to meet with the president because two suitcase-size nuclear bombs are missing somewhere in the U.S. The two have to figure out who the players might be in this sinister scenario.

The clues give Leah and Del several possibilities: a fanatic Muslim government, Cuban Fidelistas, a Colombian drug cartel or a domestic drug dealer. The leads continue to produce surprise after surprise, until the two don't know who to trust. Can Leah, Del and their team get to the bottom of things in time? The bombs are literally ticking. (FORGE, Mar., 336 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sandra Garcia-Myers