Montreal homicide detective Sophie Gillette, still mourning the death of her brother during covert ops in Afghanistan, investigates a fatal hit-and-run, uncovering a terrorist plot to assassinate an American governor, disable New England’s electrical grid, and kill 10,000 hockey fans. ~~~ Montreal, Quebec. Homicide detective Sophie Gillette, still mourning the death of herMontreal homicide detective Sophie Gillette, still mourning the death of her brother during covert ops in Afghanistan, investigates a fatal hit-and-run, uncovering a terrorist plot to assassinate an American governor, disable New England’s electrical grid, and kill 10,000 hockey fans. ~~~ Montreal, Quebec. Homicide detective Sophie Gillette, still mourning the death of her brother during covert military operations in Afghanistan, is dispatched to the scene of a fatal hit-and run during a January snowstorm. Defying easy resolution, the case launches her on a collision course with biker wars, arms smuggling by First Nations warriors and, unexpectedly, a deadly terrorist plot. For years the CIA has warned Canada’s Security Intelligence Service that Montreal, where almost one in four residents has ties to Muslim or Arabic-speaking homelands, is a hot-bed of Al-Qaeda sleeper cells awaiting the call to jihad. Gillette, a talented young investigator on the fast track, carries a load of emotional baggage – father and brother both dead of unnatural causes, mother on the edge of a nervous breakdown. Despite her supportive relationship with an RCMP officer, Gillette suffers anxiety, self-doubt and fear of emotional commitments. Meanwhile, her desire to provide justice and closure for a young widow drives her to resolve the hit-and-run case. In the course of their investigation, Gillette and her partner uncover a cadre of militant student activists, drug financiers, gun-runners and a rogue professor with a PhD in chemical toxicology, all with vague links to a shadowy figure known only as al-Quebeca. Dispatched from Paris to strike America and its ally Canada, terrorist Mustafa Nadir is on a bold mission to assassinate an American governor, disable New England’s electrical grid, and kill 10,000 hockey fans. Even as his love for a woman is swept aside by his fanaticism, Gillette pursues him to a brutal confrontation....
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al quebeca Reviews
Excellent bookExcellent story that keeps you from putting it down, I highly recommend this book to read if you enjoy a good mystery
Full disclosure: This was a solicited review (free book in exchange for honest review).Animal Violence: a very small amountI was torn about this book. I like the author, I liked the characters, and the plot was clever and entertaining. It wasn't quite as well-edited as Harm's Way, the previous one I'd read by this author, but was still well-written enough that the story flowed.My main problem with the book was that there just too many characters and agencies to keep it all straight. I sometimes had trouble following how their leads had gotten them to a certain point - not because of any plot holes, but because I lost track of who was who and which agency/criminal organization they were with.Spoiler Alert:The second problem I had with the book was the action at the end. I got to about 80% and it started to move quickly, which I liked. However, everything kind of fell flat for me when two unranked detectives started giving orders to a SWAT commander and team members. Additionally, Detective Gillette's actions toward the end were unbelievable. Untrained detectives shouldn't be checking for booby traps, especially not with SWAT and the bomb squad on their way.Add a star is you're good with suspension of disbelief and enjoy a thrilling ride and a chilling plot.
I thoroughly enjoyed this fast paced crime novel, my guilty pleasure when I put down the multitude of spiritually oriented books generally piled up around my bedside. An occasional reference to Pema Chodron and a wise, edgy lead female character, allayed my guilt. Annand has a knack for realistic, quick, witty dialog, and since I grew up with a homicide cop father in a Canadian city, I can attest to the fact he has a true sense of how they talk --- that dark sense of humor that helps them get through chronic discouragement interspersed with moments intense trauma and direct experience of the darkest sides of life. In general I found myself noticing over and over the level of detail, whether dialog, or knowledge of terrorism, Canadian cities -- I had a feel I was right there with them.I don't have the best memory these days, but somehow the characters were interesting and well drawn enough that I could follow the complicated threads that are usually a part of any good mystery. Seems too like you can't have a realistic mystery without some death and destruction; I'm a tender hearted one and this level of violence was tolerable for me. Overall highly recommended for a page turning, keep you up past your bedtime read.
Al-Quebeca by Alan AnnaudReading eloquently described places I know well in Montreal, my city, added a cherry to the cake that it was being dropped back to a period called The Bikers’ War. In an atmospheric portrayal of the confrontation between the Hells Angels and the Rock Machine biker gangs on one side and the various levels of public security on the other, the author skillfully finds a way to sneak a seemingly insignificant event into a larger canvas.Though the biker wars are important a sleeper cell of terrorists plots to threaten the delivery of electric power from Bay James to New York. One talented and persistent young police detective tenaciously sticks to her guns with her partner and unravels a web of deceit. Bureaucratic stagnation reigns at some of Quebec’s institutions, but the female detective will stop at nothing to disentangle the various aspects of what she is sure is a terrorist plot. This police procedural created such accurate atmosphere that I was reminded of Inspector Renko of Martin Cruz Smith fame.
Well, it wasn't the worst book I ever read. But it was probably #3 or #4 worst. This one was really a trudge to get through. Some of the worst development of characters ever too. An openly-gay alcoholic party goer who is fully welcome in an Al Qaeda terror cell by other members? And no explanation necessary regarding why this character joyfully looks forward to sacrificing his life for the Al Qaeda cause? Seriously? Among a million other problems throughout this book that completely defy the social norms of reality regarding Salafi-Jihadis. The book is not fun to read when it's absolutely unbelievable
A Television SeriesI felt like I was watching a new TV series. Alan Annand writes with the clarity of video. You can visualize each episode as clear as a watching a weekly tv series. Each ending when I had to lay it down for a time to engage in reality. Then come back to the next episode. Very exciting. Great story. Great actors. (But wait, this was writing) It was so engaging, I found myself thinking about the story when I was away from the book.
This was a new author for me. The adventure in this story really held my attention so I wanted to know what was going to happen next. The story was believable and very true to today. When I have time I will read more books written by this author.
Suspense as a sleeper cell plans a terrorist attack in Canada. Writing style is similar to Kathy Reich (Temperance Brennan series).
I enjoyed it immensely. An exciting police procedural set in Quebec that was eerily similar to events happening around the world today.