Saturday, November 28, 2009

Blackout by Jason Elam & Steve Yohn

Riley Covington is still reeling from his father's brutal murder when he learns he's been traded. Meanwhile, the counterterrorism division has detected a plot to detonate electromagnetic pulse bombs that could leave the U.S. without power, communications, and transportation-right down to dropping planes out of the sky. CTD scrambles to stop the attacks, but they run out of time. Amid the fallout, Riley, Scott, Skeeter, and CTD must regroup to make sure the second bomb doesn't reach its destination.
Blackout is the third book in the Riley Covington Thriller series. I loved the first two, and this one did not disappoint.

Riley Covington is a football player who was in special ops in the military, and who gets called back into special ops when he is needed. I really don't like football, but I totally love this series. It has terrorists, special ops, great characters, suspense - you name it.

In Blackout, there are threats to the US of EMPs - electromagnetic pulse bombs - something that would wipe out all power, from electric to cell phones, even cars and planes - a very

real threat in real life, by the way. Riley and his team are called up to stop this act of terrorism.

I highly recommend this book, and the other two in the series. If you like Joel Rosenberg's fictional series, you will most surely enjoy these books.

First chapter available here:

About the authors:

JASON ELAM is a 16-year NFL veteran placekicker for the Atlanta Falcons. He was born in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1988, Jason received a full football scholarship to the University of Hawaii, where he played for four years, earning academic All-America and Kodak All-America honors. He graduated in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in communications and was drafted in the third round of the 1993 NFL draft by the Denver Broncos, where he played for 15 years.

In 1997 and 1998, Jason won back-to-back world championships with the Broncos and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1995, 1998, and 2001. He is currently working on a master's degree in global apologetics at Liberty Theological Seminary and has an abiding interest in Middle East affairs, the study of Scripture, and defending the Christian faith. Jason is a licensed commercial airplane pilot, and he and his wife, Tamy, have four children.

STEVE YOHN grew up as a pastor's kid in Fresno, California, and both of those facts contributed significantly to his slightly warped perspective on life. Steve graduated from Multnomah Bible College with a bachelor's degree in biblical studies and barely survived a stint as a youth pastor.

While studying at Denver Seminary, Steve worked as a videographer for Youth for Christ International, traveling throughout the world to capture the ministry's global impact. With more than two decades of ministry experience, both inside and outside the church, Steve has discovered his greatest satisfactions lie in writing, speaking, and one-on-one mentoring. Surprisingly, although his hobbies are reading classic literature, translating the New Testament from the Greek, and maintaining a list of political leaders of every country of the world over the last twenty-five years, he still occasionally gets invited to parties and has a few friends. His wife, Nancy, and their daughter are the joys of his life.

Blackout will be available in January from Tyndale Publishing.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this ARC for review.