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The Ulterior Motive

by Jack Coleston

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The Ulterior Motive is a great read for those who like Tom Clancy and David Baldacci.

The story is about a wealthy couple who work for the CIA. The wife, in this book, is the ‘bad ass’ operative and the husband, Stanley, is the analytical thinker who soon becomes the co-director of the CIA. Stanley's uncertainty about his job abilities and of his troubled relationship with his father, are continuously referenced in the story. His boss, a former General, dislikes him because Stanley was the president’s pick for the job, not his.

The chief protagonist in the story is the caliphate of a Jihadi organization that the author based on ISIS. The caliphate doesn’t care about his cause so much as the vengeance he seeks for the killing of his family by an errant American bomb.

As the story unfolds, you start to think that you know how it will end. The author throws in a few turns that, by the end of the book, leave you thinking “Wow!”

One great feature of this author is that he takes recent terrorist events to build the story. Although the story is obviously fiction, this inclusion makes the story more plausible.

I had trouble putting down this action thriller. The viciousness shown by all parties in the book, Muslims on Muslims or CIA against Jihadi captives, is realistic as recent news stories prove. Also genuine is the use of devoted Allah followers for personal gains and vendettas by Jihadi leaders. Despite this truthful savagery, I was taken by the story.

Hopefully, this is the start of a series. The chemistry between Stanley and his wife is too good to not fashion another story on. I would love to read that Stanley continues his efforts to out maneuver other Jihadist and Washington political enemies. ( )
  ronploude | Feb 23, 2017 |
I usually like these kinds of thriller books, but this one didn't do it for me. Way too many characters with names I couldn't even pronounce. And not enough descriptions for each character. I found myself lost trying to work out who was who. The story itself had promise, but I think if it was simpler, it might succeed more. ( )
  somethingblanc | Feb 8, 2017 |
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The fate of the United States hangs in the balance and only a select few can prevent the impending disaster. Stanley Carmichael is an intelligent and hard-working member of the Central Intelligence Agency. Yet, he never expected to be named Deputy Director of the CIA so soon in his career. Nonetheless, he finds himself stepping into shoes that feel impossible to fill. Anna Carmichael is a legend. She’s one of the fiercest ex-members of the Special Activities Division, where she saw more than enough blood and war for a lifetime. Now, she’s still CIA, but stuck behind a desk and bored. Luckily for her, it seems her fieldwork isn’t done yet. For as soon as Anna’s partnered with rookie FBI Special Agent Blayze Phillips, she realizes his investigation is a lot more dangerous than it seems—especially when it turns its attention to the mysterious Caliph al-Maqasid. They know that the Caliph spent the last few years successfully uniting fractured terrorist groups in the Middle East. Now he's formed the most well-funded, strategically efficient operation that’s on its way to becoming a true global caliphate. But who is the Caliph, really? Why doesn’t anyone know anything about this infinitely clever, charismatic, and terrifying man? And what, exactly, is he plotting next? The Carmichaels will have to work together to find out, because the Caliph is about to strike at the heart of America.

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