TRIPLE CROSS by Mark T. Sullivan

Book Quote:

“The Jefferson Club Lodge was the architectural crown jewel of the resort. Five stories high and constructed of granite, timber, and hand-sawn plank siding, the lodge had been designed to reflect an Adirondack great camp updated with a Japanese influence that was both beckoning and formidable. It featured two wings that ran out from a heated terrace below the ski lifts. Where the two wings met, a semicircular glass wall soared upward fronting the ballroom and, atop it, a grand atrium that was the building’s centerpiece.

To the north there was a skating rink and to the south were the lodge’s famous pools. The pools were carved to affect a trout stream with granite rock formations at each end that soared several stories high and were bored through with waterslides.”

Book Review:

Reviewed by Chuck Barksdale (JUN 30, 2009)

After almost six years, Mark T. Sullivan returns with another enjoyable suspense novel, Triple Cross — this time based in his current home state of Montana. Horatio Burns, the third richest man in the world, invites the other top seven richest men, along with Senator Stongington, the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and some famous celebrities, to his exclusive Jefferson Club resort in the snowy Jefferson Range of southwest Montana. What was expected to be a relaxing and entertaining New Year’s Eve, turns into anything but as masked gunmen manage to overcome the high tech security and takeover control of the resort.

Shortly after all the rich and famous guests arrive at the resort, a team of terrorists manage to cause a power failure that disrupts the security system just long enough to enter the resort property before the backup generators start. The terrorists quickly kill the remote security personnel before entering the resort and taking everyone hostage. The terrorists claim they are against globalism and corporate greed especially all the evil done by the richest men now at the resort.

The in-disguise terrorists, calling themselves The Third Position Army and led by “General Anarchy,” allow some of the hostages to leave but lock up the rich men along with Senator Stongington. They establish a website to show the trials of the men, presenting information that shows the evil the men have done in gaining riches through some alleged unethical behavior. The website viewers are asked to vote on the fate of the men, not knowing at first that their fate could end in death.

Mickey Hennessey, the head of security for the resort, invites his three 14-year-old triplets to visit him while his ex-wife was on her honeymoon. Of course, he has no idea that while they were there that they’d be captured by The Third Position Army. Sullivan is taking some risk in an attempt to make three teenagers believable. At first, he portrays them as somewhat wild, but athletic; later, he shows their willingness to take risks. Overall, this portrayal works although some parts seem to be somewhat unbelievable. Nonetheless, these three are a key part of the story and assist in undermining the Third Position Army.

When given the chance to leave with the other non-critical hostages, the triplets decide to hide to disrupt their captors and attempt to find their missing father. Fortunately, they find a way to contact their father who had escaped, although injured in the process. While the triplets are inside trying to stay hidden from The Third Position Army, Hennessey is outside helping the local police and eventually the FBI in trying to find a way to rescue the hostages, especially his children. Hennessey has some challenges as he has a past run-in with the FBI leader who had one time been his best friend. Hennessey’s friendship ended when alcohol ruined his previous career where they both worked as U.S. Special Agents. Hennessey has straightened himself out with his new job but his old friend has difficulty in trusting him. Nonetheless, they manage to work together against The Third Position Army and try to rescue Hennessey’s triplets while also using them to gain useful information.

Sullivan does a good job of keeping the names of the captors from the hostages and the reader, but does give a few clues along the way. I enjoyed reading the clues and realized that’s what they were, but did not feel they were obvious in giving too much away; they did give some indication that some things may not be what they seemed at first.

I have now read the last three of Sullivan’s books and although they were all different in location and characters, they all were suspenseful and believable. I’m not sure what happened in the over five years between books, but Sullivan’s attempts to start a series from his last book, The Serpent’s Kiss, apparently was unsuccessful. I’m disappointed as he seemed to have created many interesting characters in a good setting. Of course, his new book was enjoyable and I’m looking forward to reading more of his books, including reading from his back list, most of which sit along with many others on my TBR pile.

AMAZON READER RATING: stars-4-5from 11 readers
PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Press; 1 edition (April 14, 2009)
REVIEWER: Chuck Barksdale
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Mark T. Sullivan
EXTRAS: Excerpt
MORE ON MOSTLYFICTION: Read a review of The Serpent’s Kiss


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