Meltdown by Chuck Holton is number three in the Task Force Valor series. Number one is Allah’s Fire written with Gayle Roper and two is Island Inferno. I read the first one and enjoyed it, but missed number two. I didn’t have any problem picking up the story line for this book without reading them all. Basic storyline of the series is Task Force Valor is following terrorists and bad guys around the world, making sure America stays safe.
In Meltdown, TFV is sent off to Russia to track down the explosive they found in Panama. They are trying to find out who made it and who now has it. While they are in the Dead Zone around Chernobyl in the Ukraine, terrorists attack the nuclear reactor. They are in the fight for their own lives, but also for thousands of people around the world.
While they are over in the Ukraine, America is under attack. The ITEB has made it way to the US and no one group has claimed responsibility. The bombs are disrupting American commerce and life in general. Our citizens, and congress are screaming for something to be done and yet no one can seem to figure out who is responsible.
While this is an interesting book, I was admittedly left a bit flat by the ending. I guess I didn’t understand why Chuck would write the book this way. I can’t really tell you what the ending is or there really is no reason to read this book. I try hard not to judge a book by it’s cover, but a bad ending is not a good thing for a book. Now this isn’t a “bad” ending, but it is not a “good” ending. I know that is confusing, but without giving it all away… Sorry. If you want to know all about it and aren’t worried about knowing the ending, I can explain it all for you. 🙂 Otherwise, this isn’t a terrible read, just be forewarned.