“Cooper’s Revenge,” by T. L. Williams. First Coast Publishers. 260 pages. $12.75.
It’s not enough that die-hard Navy Seal Logan Alexander loses his career to a severe leg injury while serving in Afghanistan. His psychological rehab is set back by news that his kid brother, Cooper, an Army Ranger in Iraq, is killed by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). When the close-knit, overachieving Alexander family receives this news, they are at first devastated.
Aside from the official military consolations, the Alexanders hear from John Gomez, a combat medic in Cooper’s platoon whose letter tells them about Cooper’s girlfriend, Zahir Parandeh, an Army contract linguist who worked with the American forces in Iraq. Cut off from her conservative Iranian family by her intention to marry Cooper, American-raised Zahir makes her way back to the U.S. Upon her arrival, the Alexanders take her in as one of their own, though Logan is a bit standoffish.
He has, however, found himself a mission.
Below the radar of American government scrutiny, he puts together a team of former Seals and other Special Forces experts, including John Gomez, whose goal is to demolish the Iranian IED development program. This program, implemented by a special arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard know as the Qods Force, has been exporting terror throughout the region and, in fact, far beyond it. Logan somewhat reluctantly adds Zahir to his team.
With Kuwaiti assistance, both private and governmental, a complex plan is developed to destroy the IED facility.
T. L. Williams shows himself a master at detailing Special Forces stealth operations. His description of the plan’s formation is magnificently clear. His representation of how the participants train to sharpen their skills and master the plan’s stages by simulating it at carefully selected and provisioned sites in the U. S. is superb and totally engrossing.
During the training period, Logan begins to gain respect for Zahir, and perhaps a bit of attraction, too.
Perhaps Mr. Williams’ greatest challenge was imagining the enemy. He handles the challenge by focusing alternating chapters on the world of the Qods forces. The central character here is Barzin Ghabel, a fast-track colonel who commands the IED Reseach and Training facility. Proud of the successes against Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan, this Qods Force team is developing advanced technologies to make its IED arsenal and other weapons even more devastating. . . .
To read the entire review, as it appears in the Fort Myers Florida Weekly for April 3, 2013, the April 4 Bonita Springs edition, and the April 11 Naples edition, click here: Florida Weekly – T. L. Williams.