Peter. Point of Entry. Rayo: HarperCollins. 2006. c.336p. ISBN
0-06-084330-6. $24.95. Fiction
agents have decided to attack the United States. With the connivance
of a rogue Columbian politician who aims to seize the presidency
of his own country, they plan to use South American drug mules
to import enough uranium-235 to fashion a nuclear bomb. The
uranium has to make its way from Russia, via a Pakistani nuclear
scientist, to the Syrians, and from them into the hands of
Juan Francisco Abdoul, president of the Columbian Senate. In
the way stand two unlikely allies: newly elected Columbian
President Marta Pradilla, a former beauty queen out to purge
the corrupt old guard, and conservative U.S. President John
Stockman. Readers who get by this thriller’s
initial unevenness—stilted dialogue
that carries too much exposition, flat prose that reads like
a report, bureaucratic language, and awkward sentences—will
be treated to a host of delights: a well-constructed, tightly
interlocked plot; international settings created through the
close observation of authentic detail; an engrossing relationship
between two heads of state; and an immensely satisfying conclusion.
Highly recommended for popular fiction collections.
Library Journal, 131, no. 3
(February 15, 2006), p. 109.