INNER LOOK ISBN: 9781942756873 Penmore Press, a thriller in e-book copyright and written by Marc Liebman.
This is another book in the Josh Haman adventure series that follows the exploits of this highly intelligent and resourceful naval pilot as he continues incredible activity for the United States. The story opens with a report of FBI agents having been apprehended for passing top secret material to the Russians. This is followed by a Prologue detailing a mission over North Korea in 1962 where an American pilot was killed as a result of a wing structural malfunction, leaving his wife a widow with a two-year old son who also became a U.S. pilot killed in action. The story then begins by detailing a military exercise wherein Josh Haman is participating in attempts to discover silent running submarines. Surprisingly, they also detect a Russian sub which they report and are told to follow. Due to incompetence of the exercise commander, before they can be relieved, he runs out of fuel and must ditch. With his experience, he is successful and saves all of his crew as well. The next details set forth are an action in North West Vietnam in 1972 where the reader finds Navy Seal Lieutenant-Commander Marty Cabot and his men discovering a hidden launching base that was wreaking havoc on American aircraft. Another episode where Cabot is helping the Philippine government in 1983 in action against the Moro National Liberation Front. Here further information is discovered of still more leakage of classified material, this time associated with China. The reader then is brought into a somewhat unusual meeting called by William Casey, Head of Central Intelligence for the U.S. Among those present are Juanita Jaramillo, Head of Pacific Operations Analysis and Diane Scoville of the State Department. With introduction of these main protagonists the story proceeds as Josh, accompanied by equally accomplished Navy Seal Marty Cabot, is assigned to attempt to discover the FBI or CIA member(s) who is the mole(s), passing top secret material to the Russians and/or Chinese. Presentation of further detail of this fast paced, fascinatingly involved espionage/counterespionage tale would be a distinct disfavor to the reader.
Discussion: This is a thrilling, completely believable espionage thriller with considerable time in Argentina and the United States but spilling out onto an international stage. The author, a man who has had considerable combat experience in several of the areas, exhibits intimate knowledge of all of the places supplied and offers numerous interesting ‘aside’ bits of information. A glossary is included that this reader suggests would be most helpful if read before beginning the story. Much of the material may be known by veterans. However, if one has served in an earlier war, a number of items may be helpful.
4* Actually 4.5* (-1/2 for proofing) Highly recommended espionage tale