Reap the Whirlwind picks up where Douglas De Bono’s Point of Honor and Blood Covenant left off with the character of Jim Harper. The story is based on the Chinese taking over the Panama Canal and subsequently positioning missiles locked straight on target for the good old USA. This is such an action-packed thriller that it includes a listing of the cast of characters, and I promise you will need to refer to on more than one occasion.
That is not to say that the story is not tightly woven, for it is. The pacing is excellent for this kind of military story. The attention to detail of the most minute military practice, equipment and procedure makes one wonder if all the research De Bono did was simply the Internet search and book-reading kind. It is very believable, and the characters are well-written and fleshed out.
When the head of the Domestic Terrorism Unit, Lou Feldman, comes after Harper because he nearly killed a couple of FBI agents, readers know that this is a glimpse into the way our government protection agencies work. They will turn on one of their own if it is believed to be necessary. A particularly memorable character is Damon Lane, a mercenary working on the American plan Spanish Poppy to take over the Panama cocaine trade and keep the money from selling the smack. Former FBI agent Harvey Randall is added to the list of characters to track down the superspy Goldenrod. When Harper’s family is drawn into the fray, he must decide whether to become a full-time CIA agent once again. Then he must face the possibilities of what will happen if he does.
Reap the Whirlwind is recommended for military novel buffs. It is action-packed but also has enough accurate details to satisfy even former military and government officers.