Sovereign Order, an international thriller dealing with an Iranian-sponosred WMD attack on Monaco and the 100,000 plus people in attendance at the Monaco Grand Prix.
The sublimely evil villain is Rashid al-Nassef, long thought dead but actually living under Iranian protection, After several years of chafing in his velvet prison he receives the go-ahead to launch what will be the most destructive and horrific terrorist attack in history.
The assault is multi-leveled in both its substance and in its actors. The martyrs who will execute the plan come from many places; a Bosnian youth designated by al-Nassef to set off the first in a series of assaults, the young Belgian woman whose fanaticism as a Christian leads her to seek the love of Mohammed, the tyrannical and abusive Albanian Muslim and his wife and child who will effect the diversionary explosion on the day of the race, the Scots lawyer seduced into Islam as a youth, and finally, al-Nassef himself who will unleash the final act of horror that will leave the principlaity of Monaco unlivable for decades to come.
The novel features John Cann and Katherine Price, senior partners in a Washington DC law firm with strong ties to the intelligence community as do John Cann and Katherine in their own pasts. John is one of my original central characters and Katherine Price was intorduced in A Grave Breach. Katherine ended up being the hero of both dual plots in that book and, as intended but also by popular demand, she and John have finally gotten together and in Sovereign Order, they travel to the Monaco Grand Prix as an engagement present from a principal of one of the teams and find themselves at risk of losing everything when they face off against the horrific combined-WMD attack on the crown jewel of world formula racing.
Born and raised in New England and now living in Florida with his wife Sandy, James Macomber is a former serviceman, college student, bartender, waiter, salesman, tennis instructor, actor, photographer and practicing attorney. He is the author of international legal thrillers featuring former Special Forces/NSA/CIA operator, now lawyer, John Cann whom Booklist described as a strong, multi-layered protagonist with the star power to keep this series going for a very long time. But Macomber's novels are about more than just Cann. They feature an ensemble cast of memorable characters centering on the 'players' at a Washington DC international law firm with very close ties to the intelligence community. Notable among them is Katherine Price, also a lawyer with a past, hers in counter-terror at the Department of Justice and the State Department.
In novels that reflect and often predict actual events, Bargained for Exchange dealt with terrorists in academia, Art & Part, assassinations in the Netherlands during the trial of the Pan Am 103 Lockerbie bombers, and A Grave Breach, with atrocities, international organized crime and human trafficking against the backdrop of the Bosnian war crimes trials. It was in A Grave Breach, that the character of Katherine Price was introduced and she became, in fact, the hero of the novel. By popular demand, she and John got together in the fourth Macomber novel, Sovereign Order where they attend the Monaco Grand Prix and risk losing everything to a horrifying WMD attack on the crown jewel of formula Grand Prix racing.
And soon to come is Extraordinary Rendition which introduces former Air Force para-rescue Jake Priestly who must battle enemies foreign and domestic, human and otherwise to save a judge whose disappearance threatens the balance of the United States Supreme Court.