The Intercept by Dick Wolf

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The Intercept
The Intercept 
by Dick Wolf
Series: Jeremy Fisk #1
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: December 26, 2012
Genre: Crime Thriller
Source: publisher
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Days before the July Fourth holiday and the dedication of One World Trade Center at Ground Zero, an incident aboard a commercial jet over the Atlantic Ocean reminds everyone that vigilance is not a task to be taken lightly. But for iconoclastic New York Police detective Jeremy Fisk, it may also be a signal that there is much more to this case than the easy answer: that this is just the work of another lone terrorist. Fisk—from the department’s Intelligence Division, a well-funded anti-terror unit modeled upon the CIA—suspects that the event might also be a warning sign that another, potentially more extraordinary scheme has been set in motion. Fluent in Arabic and the ways of his opponents, Fisk is a rule breaker who follows his gut—even if it means defying those above him in the department’s food chain. So when a passenger from the same plane, a Saudi Arabian national, disappears into the crowds of Manhattan, it’s up to Fisk and his partner Krina Gersten to find him before the celebrations begin.  Watching each new lead fizzle, chasing shadows to dead ends, Fisk and Gersten quickly realize that their opponents are smarter and more agile than any they have ever faced. Extremely clever and seemingly invisible, they are able to exploit any security weakness and anticipate Fisk’s every move. And time is running out…

When I was approached to review The Intercept, I thought I recognized this authors’ name. We are huge fans of the Law and Order television shows and I was immediately excited. Wolf delivered an action packed crime thriller that kept me riveted in this chillingly realistic scenario that take place over the July fourth weekend in the city that never sleeps; New York. I consumed this over the course of two evenings and cannot wait for the next Jeremy Fisk novel.

The tale begins days before the dedication of the One World Trade Center at ground zero. A group of six civilians thwart a terrorist hijacker from commandeering a plane over the Atlantic. New York Detective Jeremy Fisk, a special agent in New York’s Intelligence Division, is called in along with a dozen units of the FBI, homeland security and the CIA. While everyone is ready to assume the hijacker acted alone, Fisk’s intuition tells him this threat is far from over and the tale that unfolds is brilliant, fast paced and tightly woven.

Jeremy Fisk is complicated, dedicated and it would be safe to say he questions authority. If something does not feel right to him he pursues it. He is fluent in Arabic and highly intelligent. I easily connected with and admired him. His partner Krina Gersten is a fourth generation cop and has worked undercover gathering Intel. I liked the interaction between them; they bounced ideas off each other which helped piece the puzzle together. They have a secret relationship which helped to flesh them out, make them vulnerable and it felt very genuine. The suspects and even Bin Laden make appearances throughout the novel, giving us a feeling of authenticity that made me shiver. It was interesting getting into their mind-set. The six heroes from the flight were fairly fleshed out and each had a unique voice.

Wolf brought this tale to life, and the world-building was brilliant. He blends fact with fiction giving the tale a realism that still gives me goosebumps. He takes us back and forth between Fisk, the six and the terrorist giving us a panoramic view of the tale as it unfolds. At times we know more than Fisk making the wait for him to catch up very suspenseful. Wolf has a firm grasp on the city, the different governmental agencies involved and protocol. He delivers all of this while unfolding the tale at a gripping pace. The twists and turns held me captive. I will admit to figuring it out, but until the last final chapters I was not able to confirm who. A gut-wrenching event near the end devastated me, and I honestly did not see it coming. I found myself vested in the characters and solving the mystery and turned the pages at a dizzying pace. As I read the outside world slipped away, and my only thought was I hope the terrorist are never as diabolical and clever as Dick Wolf.

Fans of crime thrillers will welcome The Intercept and this brilliant new series. At the time of this review there was no news on the expected release of the next book, but I will be watching!

Four and half cups of New York’s finest brew out of five

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25 Responses to “The Intercept by Dick Wolf”

  1. Barbara Walker

    I don’t know what the point is in having the password for my parents’ Amazon account if I can get in, have this book delivered to his Kindle and he STILL hasn’t noticed it’s there. I’m going to have to smack him, he wanted it and I tried to surprise him because I knew he’d love it – even more after reading your awesome review. MEN. lol

  2. Jenea Whittington

    Law and Order is one of my favorite TV programs. I think I have seen them all. Probably a few times each too. This definitely sounds like I would like it. Wonderful review.

  3. A Voracious Reader

    I love a good mystery/thriller/suspense and this one sounds up my alley. Adding it on Goodreads. :)

  4. Turning the Pages

    I’ve been hearing quite a bit of buzz about this book and am totally going to add it to my tbr list now that I’ve read your review!

  5. Candace's Book Blog

    I don’t read books like this, but I don’t know why I don’t. It sounds really intense and books that feel ‘real’ (based in reality I guess) are always more heart wrenching and closer to our heart. One day I’ll start reading more mystery thriller’s again. I use to read them quite often.

  6. A Belle's Tales

    Dick Wolf rocks; and since we love Law & Order, I’ll definitely be adding this one to the list! I love when a book makes the outside world slip away! Awesome review <3

  7. Christy (Love of Books)

    Oooo… I wonder if my son would like this. It sounds like it.. I got him to agree to read Feed, but he’s had a bunch of school reading now. But I’m going to show him this one tomorrow. Great review.

  8. thegeekyblogger

    I totally agree that this book rocked the casbah! I can’t wait to get more of Jeremy Fisk :)

  9. Soma Rostam

    Well, I won this book from a giveaway, it’s now in the US, but I am not going back until maybe another year. So I have to wait until the year is finished to read this, but hopefully, until I go back to the US, the second book of the series will be out and i will be able to read them together

    GREAT review

    Your reader,

    Soma

    http://insomnia-of-books.blogspot.com/

  10. kindlemom1

    This sounds like a great thriller, one that is very realistic! I am so glad you enjoyed this. :)

    Have a great weekend!!

  11. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I saw this on my sidebar and I was like, Dick Wolf, now why does THAT sound familiar?! And then I came here and saw Law & Order and it all became clear! I do believe I’d like this one, and I would definitely enjoy the change.
    Great review!

  12. Heidi

    I know Felicia loved this one as well. It sounds really really good and I love a good thriller! I must check this out.