Airburst by Steven L. Thompson

It’s another old book review tonight. This one comes from a book I picked up at the library’s used book sale.

Published: 1988

Genre: thriller/action fiction

Length: 230 pages

Setting: various locations around the world, 1980s

Summary: The Jihad get inside information about how to get ahold of a nuclear bomb that the Israeli’s have. They steal the bomb, take it to the U.S., put it in a plane, and threaten Washington, D.C. Concurrently, Max Moss has just gotten out of the Air Force, and is puttering around the Florida Keys. While there, he meets Charlie, a retired pilot, who teaches Max how to fly. We also meet Sandy, a CIA operative who bring Max into a clandestine operation, Max manages to save the day using a flight drone his father’s business developed.

Final thoughts: This was a very clichéd story. You’ve got a boy who is lonely and directionless. He meets a wonderful girl and gets pulled into a life of intrigue and patriotism. It was mildly interesting to read about the perceived threat of the Jihadists pre-9/11. The author did manage to surprise me with a simulated bomb going off and nuking Washington, D.C. that I thought was real. It would have been more interesting if it was real.

There was an annoying Prologue and Epilogue that had little to do with the rest of the story, but might have made more sense if I’d read the first three books in the series. Plus, the Israelis kept referring to a shadowy Lorelei operation that was never fully explained.

Title comes from: An airburst detonation of the nuclear bomb would have caused the most damage.

Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this is a review from a previous year

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