Ring of Steel: International Terrorism
by Keith Salmon
Toplink Publishing

"'Gentlemen. The London Stock Exchange has been hacked. We believe that the Chinese government did it. How we know this is not important.'"

A ring of Al Qaeda based in the United Kingdom is using the country’s refugee policy to bolster its numbers and strengthen both its bankroll and influence. A Nigerian named Adeola Adindu is advised to use the refugee loophole to be allowed to emigrate and later becomes radicalized. Inspector James Thornton has big plans for the city, desiring to computerize security and keep a watchful eye over all the comings and goings of known organized criminals. The paths of these two men cross unexpectedly when an immunity deal is struck with a local criminal that offers up the link between one of London’s crime families and this shadowy Al Qaeda cell. With a multi-pronged attack imminent, Thornton has an opportunity to bring down the mobsters and the terrorists in one stroke.

Rooted in the modern thinking and policy of the United Kingdom, this tale is a fictional but topical account of a worst-case scenario that could be exploited. Outlining weak links in governmental policy, cybersecurity, and international banking, the author paints a clear picture of the inadequacies that criminals can use to their benefit. One of the more interesting ways that this story unfolds is the way that it tells both sides of the story with little overlap between the two. Readers can see these sides coming to a collision, and even then, the conclusion will surprise the audience with its direction and intensity. Crafting a fictional dilemma that manages to feel plausible, the author offers technical explanations and thought-out weaknesses that give the reader much to consider beyond the scope of the book's characters and storyline.

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