Hard Target by Howard Gordon
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“Move over, Jack Bauer,” raved Vince Flynn when international peacemaker Gideon Davis burst onto the literary scene in a blockbuster debut novel from Howard Gordon, the executive producer of 24.

Now, the action and suspense intensify in his harrowing new thriller. Settled into academic life and weeks away from being married, Gideon gets wind of a homegrown terrorist plot—a high-value, mass-casualty attack targeting the top tier of the U.S. government. His ex-girlfriend, FBI agent Nancy Clement, believes Gideon’s suspicions are valid, but no one will trust his source: a meth-head informant affiliated with a white supremacist group. When the informant is murdered, Gideon enlists his brother, Tillman—newly sprung from prison—as an undercover operative to infiltrate the real conspirators. With only Nancy’s support, Gideon and Tillman go rogue to stop a powerful titan’s audacious plan as the seconds tick closer to mass destruction.

About Howard Gordon

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Howard Gordon is an Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning writer and producer who has worked in Hollywood for more than twenty years. He co-created the hit Showtime series Homeland, and is the showrunner of the NBC series Awake. He also served as executive producer of the hit television show 24 for its full eight-season run, and prior to working on 24, Gordon was a writer and executive producer for The X-Files. He lives with his family in Pacific Palisades, California.
Published January 3, 2012 by Touchstone. 290 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It doesn’t help that the action is split between the Capitol basement, the Virginia home of a Secret Service agent whose family has been taken hostage, and Idaho, where it’s left to a minor character to alert Gideon to the imminent gas attack.

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Gordon’s second Gideon Davis foil-the-terrorists thriller (after 2011’s Gideon’s War) lacks the nail-biting tension that was the hallmark of the TV series 24, of which he was executive producer.

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The plot of the novel involves his team-up with his brother Tillman, whom Gideon had rescued from a prison term in Gordon's first novel, Gideon's War.

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In Pocatello, Idaho, a white supremacists group headed by Dale Wilmot was running dangerous experiments in order to create a deadly plot to wipe out high level government officials in a terrorist attack on American soil.

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Review: Former Presidential UN envoy Gideon Davis, a "man of peace", is simply looking forward to the quiet life of an academic married man.

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