Five Star Review:
For the last five years, the Reiss family has traveled the world by sailboat. The father Andy, mother Jesse and twelve-year-old daughter Rachel are in the Caribbean and have made the decision to sail to Florida before a major storm can develop.
On their way, they encounter another boat that has been severely battered by a storm. Andy discovers two young Americans, Ryan and Nicole that are very ill. Andy is a physician and at first he thinks the two are just dehydrated.
However, when ugly pustules appear on their skin, he realizes that they are suffering from a contagious disease. Ryan and Nicole are terrorists and they have infected themselves in order to pass the disease on to their fellow Americans.
This is a great thriller, the senselessness, brutality, emotional coldness and arrogance of terrorism is a major part of the plot. Gold also portrays sections of the American government as being arrogant to the point of foolish and the hard political reality of having to make decisions where people die in order that others can live. The best part of the book is the repartee between Andy and Coast Guard Captain Barney Adams who’s ordered to stop Andy from landing in Florida while Andy refuses to consider any other option. It is funny and profound, yet it leads to a ratcheting up of tension to the point where one has to back down.
Gold demonstrates that it is possible to write a thriller without gimmicks.