Sirocco

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The Synopsis

D. L. Wilson's SIROCCO delves into the very real danger of bioterrorism.

Sirocco, a secret organization within the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, threatens to unleash a bioweapon at the heart of the United States unless Congress funds a new Palestinian government and convinces Israel to cede strategic occupied land.

Brett Reynolds, an attorney representing the pharmaceutical lobby, is summoned to Washington for an urgent meeting by Homeland Security to investigate the threat.

With a bio-terror looming that could devastate the US, Brett learns of his brother's death in a bizarre murder/suicide. He discovers connections between his brother and Sirocco's terrorist plot. His investigation leads him on a harrowing chase that ends in a deadly confrontation with Sirocco and a chilling climax in the Oval Office.

 
Excerpt from SIROCCO

May 1987, Wonsan, North Korea

Sharifah Abbas focused on the faint glimmer of light within the Ministry of Health. It was well after midnight. The sidewalks were draped in shadows and an eerie stillness pervaded the normally bustling sector of the city. She glanced nervously at her watch, then up and down the empty street. What was taking Hashim so long? Her brother should have been out of the building by now. All he had to do was photograph one file folder containing the North Korean bioweapons research. The informant had clearly identified the room, file cabinet, file drawer, even the Korean characters on the file folder.

A sudden noise broke the silence, and a dim glow slashed across the building. In that instant, every muscle in Sharifah's body froze. She glanced over her shoulder and spotted a man on a bicycle riding toward her. The balloon tires bounced on the cobblestones, sending weak shafts of light in random directions from a flashlight strapped to the handlebars.

Sharifah tugged her knit cap down until only the dark slits of her eyes were visible above her scarf. Hunching her shoulders, she edged closer to the wall. Even stooped, she was conspicuously taller than Korean women. She held her breath as the bicycle neared, its rattling fenders echoing through the empty street. The rider passed by, apparently oblivious of her presence. Sharifah exhaled slowly as the rattling faded into the damp night air. Then a more ominous sound shattered the stillness–a muffled scream.

 
Reviews

“I enjoyed the unusual take on terrorism presented in SIROCCO, as well as its view of the lives of trans-gendered individuals. The main characters held my interest. I was especially drawn to the relationship between Brett and his sister. It was refreshing to read a book filled with strong women characters, including a female terrorist. D. L. Wilson seems to have found his voice. His style is confident and authoritative.”

“D. L. Wilson is a master of the tense, idea-driven thriller with unrelenting action and much at stake.”