Frank A. Ruffolo
The Crescent Star
In this first novella of the "Chaos" trilogy, Steve Ciccone is semi-retired from his lifelong service to his country in the battlefields of Vietnam, through the streets of New York City, to the skies of our nation as a Marshal for Homeland Security. Suddenly, Steve is thrust into international terrorism, as al-Qaida operatives try to infiltrate our borders through Port Everglades, Florida. Still grieving the loss of his wife, Steve finds new love through all this chaos with a woman from a highly unlikely place, and must balance his life between family and country with the help and support of the ones he holds close to his heart. Will Steve succeed and keep us safe? Will Steve fulfill his dream and finally retire on the Amalfi Coast of Italy? Stay tuned to find out!
"I was given a copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.
This is the first book in a trilogy of novella's written by Frank Ruffolo, and it was definitely gripping!
Steve Ciccone, "Chic" to his friends, is a fascinating character. He is proudly serving his country in Homeland Security, but hoping to retire soon. He is an honourable and courageous soldier, who has seen war. When a security threat is detected, Steve and his team are mobilised.
This novella may only be 91 pages long, but there is a lot going on in the pages! This is a fantastic action/adventure/thriller that captures the anxiety and dread of a potential terrorist attack. There are a lot of technical terms for those of us who do not use weapons, but Frank Ruffolo has written an explanation in layman's terms along side the technical ones, and this helped me understand and enjoy the story. And what a story! This story is told from many different points of view, and I could easily "see" the story unfold as if I was watching it on television. It's not all action though. There is a budding romance and family get-together's that lighten the story. I loved the rapport between Steve, Frank "Angie" Angelo and George "Geo" Jackson (the other members of Steve's team). They are like brothers and are constantly teasing each other.
I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the trilogy, The Falcon's Canticle. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a fantastic action adventure that will keep you hooked from the first page."
- Lynn Worton
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