When Evil Prospers
John Washburn
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When Evil Prospers
John Washburn
Tate Publishing & Enterprises
330 pages
August 2006
rated 2 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Tragedy strikes again in 2009 as terrorists attack American civilians, this time in Texas. One-fourth of Ameriquest field in Arlington is blown away while the stadium is packed with baseball fans. So soon after 9/11, how can this be happening again? Have we learned nothing from the attack on New York City? Over 5,200 are killed in this latest blast, and thatís not counting the many injured. Hospitals are at maximum capacity with healthcare personnel working impossibly long shifts, and there doesnít seem to be any relief on the horizon.

Two of the perpetrators are involved in a serious car accident as the attempt to make their getaway. One perp lives, one dies. In the other vehicle, a mother dies at the scene and her little girl dies at the hospital. The outraged fans catch the perpetrator as he was tries to escape the wreckage. A Middle-Eastern man, cursing America is apprehended in London along with another accomplice.

Dr. Mark Daltry, his brother Andy, also a doctor, and Markís wife, Teresa, are all at the ballpark when the attack occurs. The brothers live, but Teresa is killed. Despite their shock at Teresaís sudden death, the brothers begin giving medical assistance to the many victims who have been literally blown out of the stadium.

U.S. President Deborah Hillman immediately assembles her cabinet for advice on how best to proceed. Newly elected, she knows this emergency can make or break her political career. There are many diplomatic concerns to be taken under consideration; permission from the United Nations is sought before any military response can be initiated.

Texas Governor Ed Hood cannot believe that immediate action has not been taken to protect the citizens, other than federal funds from FEMA being released. The president invites him to Washington to meet with her and her cabinet. Disclosures of a corrupt U.N. and many nations being against America result in the governor leaving Washington dissatisfied and committed to protecting his state by calling on the National Guard.

As days become weeks, a bereaved Mark Daltry has sequestered himself in his home. When Teresa died, she took all the best parts of him with her. His future seems useless and fruitless. His brother Andy lures him from the house to go the shooting range. After discharging 28 successful rounds, Andy confronts his brother about his grief, about becoming a vigilante, and about his sanity.

When Evil Prospers is a political thriller with a complicated storyline, at times sluggish and bogged down by too much background information on some characters. The thought of more terrorist activity this soon recalls the emotions, tragedy and turmoil of 9/11. A distressing and difficult read.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Brenda A. Snodgrass, 2007

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