The plot twists in Khalifa’s thriller are dizzying, intricate, and entertaining. Alexander Blackwell, a former FBI agent haunted by his past, is pressed back into service when the enigmatic leader of a terrorist group takes control of a Manhattan skyscraper. But the hostage situation in New York is just the beginning, as Blackwell and the Feds must contend with the kidnapping of a powerful senator’s daughter and demands for the release of two men convicted of bombing an Egyptian resort. The negotiations with the post-Mubarak generalship and the description of the Egyptian prison are among the best set pieces of the book, displaying a wry grasp of Egyptian mores and deft pacing. The clever plot twist that turns this novel from a hostage drama to a byzantine account of staggering theft and calculated revenge is appealing.
What I liked: I sincerely enjoyed the way Mr Khalifa writes. The pacing, the characters and the "voice" of the story are top quality. Terminal Rage is told both in the present and with flashbacks of the two main characters, "Seth' and FBI Agent Alexander Blackwell.
This story had so many twists and turns, it was like a corkscrew. The plot while somewhat plausible is a bit out there but the author made me by into it. The personalities of the FBI characters seemed completely believable. And yes, I realize I'm talking in circles because if I say just the least bit too much, I would spoil everything. Suffice it to say, I went into this free read expecting nothing and felt like I won the lottery. I immediately looked for other novels by Mr Khalifa but most currently available are shorts with one novella. I wanted to read another novel by him, NOW.
What I didn't like: Initially I was wasn't paying very much attention to the time/place listed in each chapter, and you need to. That threw me off and I had to make a conscious effort to pay attention but that soon just became automatic to look to see who/what/where I was reading.
The ending of this book is great!! I will definitely put Mr Khalifa on my list of authors to watch for new releases!!
Highly Recommend for thriller/suspense fans!!