I had the privilege of interviewing Don Brown, on our radio show "Kingdom Highlights", for his new book, "The Malacca Conspiracy" published by Zondervan.
From The Back Cover: A bone-chilling tale of terrorism on the high seas
In a lightning-paced thriller of political assassination and terrorism on the high seas. "The Malacca Conspiracy" will whisk you from Singapore to Indonesia, from Malaysia to Washington. A whirlwind mix of love, war, and high-stakes geopolitical roulette, for Zack Brewer and Diane Colcernian-- your favorite JAG characters from Don Brown's bestselling Navy Justice Series--it's the last chance for a longstanding romance that is now or never.
Against the exotic background of the Straits of Malacca, a daring plot is hatched to finance a nuclear attack against American cities, and Zack and Diane are thrust into the midst of a sizzling race against the clock to foil the conspiracy before disaster strikes.
The President of the United States orders ships of the U.S. Seventh Fleet towards the Malacca Straights to reassert control over the sea lanes, but with time quickly ticking away, will they arrive in time for Zack and Diane to survive this dangerous and final high-stakes drama of life and death?
Hang on...and hold your breath!
In between Indonesia and Malaysia there is the Strait of Malacca with the idea being that this very important shipping lane is a choke point and if it is bottled up then the repercussions would be disastrous. Don Brown works from the idea that, in the future, there is a general in Indonesia, which is a Muslim country, that feels that the then president of Indonesia is dealing too much with The United States and needs to be removed. The only way, of course, is by assassination and this general also feels that the U.S. needs to be taught a lesson so he goes and gets a few nuclear suitcase bombs to explode in certain cities in America.
While this book is not a part of the Naval Justice series that introduced Zack Brewer and Diane Colcernian this book does have them playing a large role in the development and outcome of the story. Don Brown has written a perfect thriller, all the characters are in deadly danger from the first word and continue to be so until the last few pages.
"The Malacca Conspiracy" is a work of fiction set in the near future yet it also has the potential of becoming true as terrorism will increase across the planet with those that aid Israel the target of their anger. The Bible clearly states that nations will rise against nations so the events depicted here could become future headlines. We need to read this book for enjoyment purposes, and it is enjoyable, but we also need to have a Biblical mindset and pray for our nations to keep disaster to a minimum. I never had the chance to read the other four books written by Don Brown I will make up for this oversight very quickly, and I look forward to the next book with enthusiasm. I recommend it highly.
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I've read the Navy Justice series and followed the characters of Zack Brewer and Diane Colcernian. I enjoyed those books very much but was disappointed with The Malacca Conspiracy.
First, at the beginning of the book, author Don Brown mentioned a significant rift in the relationship between Zack and Diane. She wouldn't return his calls or even speak to him. Yet, when the two characters meet again, it's as if that rift didn't even exist. Nothing is ever mentioned of Zack and Diane working through the issue to achieve an understanding.
**SPOILER WARNING** - Secondly, after a nuclear weapon was detonated in the city of Philadelphia, there were no automatic procedures taken to protect President Mack Williams by transferring him to a secure location. No precautionary measures at all to protect the President of the United States from an imminent nuclear threat?!?!
The main plot seemed very realistic and illustrated just how easy it probably is to transport contraband materials into the US. I did like the last scene in the Rose Garden.
As with his other books, I could not put it down. His books make you feel like you are reading in a current newspaper. He is up to date and to the minute on current affairs. Looking forward to the next one!
I could not put this one down! The perfect ending for Zach and Dianne - (if you've read the Navy Justice series which I would also reccomend) but still an excellent story. I would reccomend it to anyone who enjoys action, drama and romance all in one and has a keen interest in law, politics and defence forces. I loved it and I can't wait for more books by Don Brown.