Holy Terror by Richard Marcinko
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No one has ever accused Richard Marcinko -- aka Rogue Warrior® -- of being an altar boy, but in the latest installment of his bestselling series, Demo Dick finds himself darkening the aisles of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, tracking a group of terrorists who want to turn the world's largest Catholic church into the world's biggest Roman candle.

A trip to Italy for Dick Marcinko turns into more than pasta and gondola rides. Nothing and no one is sacred as Marcinko sprays irreverent asides, targeting everything from antiterror wannabes to the nuns who taught him in parochial school. Called "the real deal" by Vince Flynn, the bestselling author of Memorial Day, Marcinko entertains, informs, and even finds time to genuflect in his new book.

Visiting a NATO conference in Rome, Demo Dick blisters bureaucratic ears with a speech about Europe's vulnerabilities and the need to get serious about terrorism. He caps off his talk with an impromptu demonstration of the threat, unmasking a plot to kill the conferees seconds before it begins -- and just in time to play volleyball with a live hand grenade. The action ratchets up from there as the former SEAL commander is shanghaied to Sicily to help investigate the attempted theft of nukes from a U.S. base. Is the Mafia involved? Or is this the work of Saladin, a shadowy extremist trying to step into bin Laden's shoes? A high body count lends credence to both theories, but before Demo Dick can untangle the plot, his firm is hired to track down "shrinkage" in a courier operation in Asia. Since said shrinkage involves data and currency worth hundreds of millions of dollars, Demo Dick anticipates a Rogue-sized finder's fee. But he soon discovers the job is a trap. Lured to a cave filled with outrageously hungry tigers in the Thailand jungle, Demo Dick sucks cat breath before being saved by the beautiful if prickly Trace Dahlgren and veteran Rogue sideman Al "Doc" Tremblay. Marcinko has only escaped the frying pan for the fire; he rides a hijacked jet back to Italy, where Saladin plans to wrap up the plot's loose ends in a bonfire at the center of the Eternal City.
In Holy Terror, Marcinko mixes his trademark wit and wisdom with nonstop action in a romp across Europe and Asia.

About Richard Marcinko

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Richard Marcinko retired from the Navy as a full commander after more than thirty years of service. He currently lives in the Alexandria, Virginia, area, where he is CEO of SOS Temps Inc., his private security firm -- whose clients are governments and corporations; Richard Marcinko Inc., a motivational training and team-building company; and Red Cell International, Inc., which conducts vulnerability assessments of high-value properties and high-risk targets. He is the author of The Real Team; The Rogue Warrior's Strategy for Success: A Commando's Principles of Winning; and the four-month New York Times business bestseller Leadership Secrets of the Rogue Warrior: A Commando's Guide to Success. Rogue Warrior, his #1 New York Times bestselling autobiography, set the stage for his bestselling Rogue Warrior novels, eight of which were coauthored with John Weisman. Visit Richard Marcinko's website at www.dickmarcinko.com. John Weisman is one of the select company of authors to have written both fiction and non-fiction New York Times best-sellers. In 1992 he wrote Rogue Warrior with Richard Marcinko. That book, Marcinko's autobiography and the story of the U.S. Navy's elite counterterrorism unit, SEAL Team Six, spent eight months on the Times best-seller list, including four weeks at number one. The sequels, Rogue Warrior: Red Cell, Rogue Warrior: Green Team, Rogue Warrior: Task Force Blue, Rogue Warrior: Designation Gold, and Rogue Warrior: Seal Force Alpha were all New York Times fiction-list best-sellers.Weisman was appointed a Senior Fellow at the Annenberg Washington Program for Communications Policy Studies of Northwestern University in 1989. Prior to that, he wrote hundreds of articles for publications that run the gamut from the Columbia Journalism Review to Soldier of Fortune. He has lectured on media and writing at the National War College at Fort Leslie J. McNair, the American University, Cornell University, and Longwood College.His books include the nonfiction best-seller Shadow Warrior, the life story of Felix Rodriguez, the CIA agent who captured Che Guevara, which was published by Simon and Schuster and was the subject of a 60 Minutes segment. His previous novels include Evidence, Watchdogs, and Blood Cries. His acclaimed CIA short story "There Are Monsterim" can be found in the current anthology Unusual Suspects.Weisman was born in New York City in 1942. He attended the Birch Wathen School and Bard College. He divides his time between homes in the Washington, DC area and the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia.He can be reached via email at jweisman@ix.netcom.com
Published April 24, 2007 by Atria Books. 416 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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I felt that the character and action was not at all realistic and was in bad taste when dealing with the issue of international terrorism and all the fatalities that are happening in the real world.

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