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I searched high and low to find a new copy of this book. First found a waterlogged copy down the back of a filing cabinet and it had me hooked from the word go. It is an extremely believable account of how one man could bring a city to it's knees.
This is one of the scariest book I've read .... if you consider when it was written and what's happening now some foresight on the author's part mmmmm! I would have to say even though this one of Goddard's earlier book it's by far his best [In my opinion]. B
I have probably read this book about three times in paperback, now that I have it on kindle, hopefully I won't lose it, The book is set in Huntington Beach, CA so if you are from the So Cal area you will recognize many areas of the setting. I find it to be a real page turner and though I have re-read it a few times over about 20 years I still enjoy it. All in all, I recommend it if you are a suspense,crime, fictional with a hint of reality.
This book was written before the 1984 Olympics. Today - one month before the 2004 Olympics - I found the story just as plausible and terrifying now as it was 20 years ago. I think the most disturbing part of the book is how successfully a single (yet well-financed) terrorist could disrupt, distract and divert the focus of law enforcement by knowing how they think and using it against them. Perhaps the greatest feat in Balefire is not the physical action (there's plenty - it's not all psychological), but the ability of the protagonists to think outside the box they let themselves get herded into. I don't know why this never got made into a movie. Maybe it's too real. Read the book -- with the lights on.
I originally bought this just after the L.A. olympics as a paperback to read on a long plane trip. I loved it! Now I bought it in hardback as a keepsake. This is a fantastic story, one of the best I ever read. Also, cars play an important part in the story. I think this is the best "cars in crime" story ever, better even than "Bullitt".
I read this book in 1984 during the time of the Olympics when I was a police officer for a city in LA County. Recently I found the book again and enjoyed it even more. Entertaining, fast pace and I had a hard time putting it down.