Title: “In Plain Sight”
Author: Greg Gardner
Author Greg Gardner is a former U.S. Navy officer, government consultant and technology expert. He has worked in the aerospace industry, at several dot-coms, at several data centers, at the Pentagon and with most federal and many state agencies.
He is a graduate of Concordia, Moorhead, Minn., and received his master's degree in information technology from Virginia Tech. He and his wife travel extensively, which inspires Gardner to write about international locations. What I learned about Gardner is he is a hometown boy from Williston and Fairview, Mont.
He wrote this book during a break in employment while waiting for his next job and, at the same time, fulfilling an item on his bucket list. His friends begged him publish it, and he is working on his second novel.
I selected this book even though it is fiction, to read and review since most of the events take place in the Twin Cities. The plot involves some of the newer issues with assimilation that the many immigrant groups have experienced in moving to the United States, especially the largest Somali settlement beginning in the early 1990s.
The main character is Jon Wells, an FBI special agent who, as a former U.S. Army intelligence officer, spent his career seeking out Islamic terrorists around the world. At age 42, he retired as a lieutenant colonel and, as a veteran, was granted an age waiver to attend the FBI Academy.
After 9-11, the newly formed Department of Homeland Security sought to bring the intelligence under one roof. Numerous joint task forces with local law enforcement agencies were created, especially in areas flush with Muslim immigrants. Now residing in Minneapolis, he is connected to Minneapolis Police Department as well as the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and, of course, his local snitches.
His snitch informs him that the most recent jihad-enticing video was calling for jihad in Minneapolis and was produced in the neighborhood known as Little Somali. Wells plunges into a web of intrigue taking the reader from China, to Germany and to the ISIS Middle Eastern areas of conflict.
The Chinese Security Services had ramped up cyber espionage divisions over the past decade giving it the ability to hit this country with the biggest weaponry of all time: cyber war, leaving the U.S. with a broken economy and frightened citizens.
With ripped from the headlines news of hacking and destroying all that is used by computers in our daily lives, this book is a must read.