Our hero, Derek Stillwater, has worked undercover as a maintenance worker at a conference center near Colorado Springs, Colorado for the past eight months in preparation for G8 Economic Summit. Twenty world leaders are gathering at the Cheyenne Resort and it is believed there could be trouble.
Despite the deep layers of security surrounding the outer and inner perimeters of the three-building complex, Richard Coffee and his Fallen Angels terrorist group manage to break through the barriers before the summit even begins. Taking the leaders of the G8 hostage, and threatening to kill them all if they do not respond to his demands, Coffee knows the eyes of the world are upon he and his group.
Stillwater must stop his former friend and colleague from destroying any tentative agreement the attendees at the summit are trying secure for their countries. As the terrorist group continues their reign of terror, Stillwater goes deeper into the bowels of the conference center to try to stop the destruction of world leaders.
Unfortunately, he has little support because people either think he is dead or he has joined the Fallen Angels. Even his own side has been given orders to kill him on sight.
As conference security crumbles, Stillwater finds unlikely assistance in a food service worker with amazing fortitude and a Russian security agent. As the clock winds down and Coffee reveals his willingness to kill off the heads of state, Stillwater knows he is the only one who can stop a slaughter.
From the start, author Mark Terry sets a blistering pace that never slows down. Stillwater returns with as physically challenging a situation as anyone could conceive.
The Fallen is the third in the Derek Stillwater series. The whole story takes place in one day, much like the television show 24. It is also reminiscent of the Die Hard movies and would make a great movie on its own.
Although the hero is believable as a man dedicated to saving lives, readers must suspend belief that one man can experience everything Stillwater does, and still remain capable of saving the day. Part of the enjoyment of reading this book is finding out how Stillwater manages to meet each challenge.
Terry seems at the top of his game in this stellar offering that pits two strong characters against one another in a high stakes mind-boggling physical and psychological contest that threatens to destroy the security and leadership of the free world. The short, vibrant chapters propel The Fallen forward to a stunning conclusion.
A special thank you goes to Oceanview Publishing for providing a complimentary copy of The Fallen for review. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, you can go to Amazon.com.