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Gauntlet [PDF / EPUB] Gauntlet tons of Semtex is detonated in a massive explosion in Libya The operation seems to have gone smoothly, but within minutes of the explosion, CIA agent Richard Lawrence discovers that one shipment of t tons of Semtex is detonated in a massive explosion in Libya The operation seems to have gone smoothly, but within minutes of the explosion, CIA agent Richard Lawrence discovers that one shipment of the explosive has been hijacked Days later, a glory seeking Emir broadcasts to the world that he is planning a massive terrorist strike against a US landmark And he gives a time line of one month Now a desperate chase is on, as the men bent on attacking the US use every weapon at their disposal to evade American authorities Time and again they prove willing to destroy anything and anyone standing in their way But Hamilton Turbee, an autistic computer mastermind at the newly created TTIC agency, discovers a way to track them His flawed genius gives the nation its only chance at stopping the attack if the American leadership will listen As the enemies near their destination, it is up to the TTIC team to stop the massive explosion that could destroy the lives of millions.

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  • Hardcover
  • 488 pages
  • Gauntlet
  • Richard Aaron
  • English
  • 14 January 2018
  • 098167688X

About the Author: Richard Aaron

I was born on January , , in a home that sat on the south side of the Rotterdam docks Some of my earliest memories are of watching the loading and unloading of ocean going vessels These ships also led to some of my earliest daydreams, imaginings, and fantasies When I was , my family took me from the shipyards and moved to Canada, eventually settling down in Vancouver the most beautiful city in the world As a new immigrant, and a little kid in a whole new world, the most difficult thing for me was learning the English language something that my critics still bring to my attention from time to time with my absolute support, of course.



10 thoughts on “Gauntlet

  1. says:

    Despite an early plot hole that nearly derailed my reading neither a significant amount of stolen Semtex nor the murdered soldiers responsible for its transport are missed and some inaccuracies in the story for instance, the TTIC has been known as the NCTC since 2004 , Gauntlet was a solid, enjoyable read that deserves a place upon the techno thriller shelf.It probably leanstowards the Michael Crichton side of the shelf than the Tom Clancy side, with the focuson the technology tha Despite an early plot hole that nearly derailed my reading neither a significant amount of stolen Semtex nor the murdered soldiers responsible for its transport are missed and some inaccuracies in the story for instance, the TTIC has been known as the NCTC since 2004 , Gauntlet was a solid, enjoyable read that deserves a place upon the techno thriller shelf.It probably leanstowards the Michael Crichton side of the shelf than the Tom Clancy side, with the focuson the technology than the tactics, but Richard Aaron has clearly spent a lot of time thinking through the ramifications of a terror strike More importantly, he s also invested heavily in the characters on both sides of the struggle.This is a book of immense scope, with a large cast of characters, and various subplots crossing one another The reader almost needs a scorecard at times, just to keep things straight, but Aaron does a good job of making the characters easily identifiable, and instantly memorable For instance, Turbee the eccentric Autistic math geek is a fun character, very much a social outsider, but precisely the kind of guy you re glad isn t on the other CIA Agent Richard Lawrence is another strong character, somebody I could very well see fitting into a show like NCIS, while I found the portrayal of Inspector Inderjit Singh as a solid, serious, dependable representative of the RCMP to be very refreshing.This is also a novel is that is truly international, as demonstrated by its cast All too often the genre seems to be about American chest thumping, with little regard for the other players, but the rest of the world does have a part to play here Even the terrorists are portrayed as characters to whom we can relate, as opposed to just cartoon stock villains There is no doubt that Youseff is a threat to the United States, but you can see how some might consider him to be a hero for the cause.One word of caution after a blistering final hundred or so pages that really drive the story to a climax, we re very much left hanging It really just stops, leaving the bulk of the story to be explored in subsequent volumes If you re a reader who likes a self contained story, then that may be a concern, especially with the wait for a sequel now approaching 4 years However, Counterplay is due to be released sometime this Fall, so now is a great time to become invested in the story Originally reviewed at Beauty in Ruins

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    I often began a review with some jubilant exclamation I am easy to please, butthan that, I have very fortunate to be blessed with the good luck of picking fabulous books to review The newest addition to that list is Gauntlet by Richard Aaron and let me tell you, it skyrocketed toward the top I don t usually choose action thrillers for myself, but again, I was blessed with some awesome luck Gauntlet found its way to me and I had a hard time putting it down for anything outside of work a I often began a review with some jubilant exclamation I am easy to please, butthan that, I have very fortunate to be blessed with the good luck of picking fabulous books to review The newest addition to that list is Gauntlet by Richard Aaron and let me tell you, it skyrocketed toward the top I don t usually choose action thrillers for myself, but again, I was blessed with some awesome luck Gauntlet found its way to me and I had a hard time putting it down for anything outside of work and a few hours of sleep.Gauntlet was a fantastic tale about international intrigue My favorite part about the book, and the trait that really made the book stand out, was that we get to follow the story of multiple characters I m not talking about just two or three characters here The main characters that we get to follow are Turbee, Richard, Yousseff, Zak, Indy and Leon Their stories are rich and complex, added to by handfuls of smaller counterpart characters Even though I wouldn t call these secondary characters main characters, Aaron gives each a rich history and personality that really round out the corners of the story As I mentioned above, Gauntlet is best described as a thriller surrounding international intrigue We follow the stories of the main characters as a terrorist threat on the United States begins to take shape We follow Richard, a CIA field agent with a deeply troubled past His discovery that a significant portion of the explosive SEMTEX, which is due to be destroyed, is missing leads to an investigation that will eventually turn deadly Zak, Richard s lifelong friend is undercover with the enemy and will discover that he may have bitten offthan he can chew Indy, our friendly Canadian, seems fairly oblivious to the missing SEMTEX issue as he pulls his hair out while trying to uphold the law and keep drugs out of his country Unfortunately for him, the local justice department isn t so helpful Leon is the antithesis of Indy He is the drug smuggler that Indy keeps trying to get his hands on and the very one that keeps alluding him Turbee, my favorite character, is a highly functioning autistic genius, working for TTIC, an intelligence group with the objective of thwarting terrorist activities That brings us to Yousseff One wouldn t think that readers in the U.S would harbor any sort of pleasant feelings toward the terrorist set on destroying part of our country, yet I found myself doing exactly that We learn early on that Yousseff is the bad guy of the book Yet, at the same time, he s very much a good guy too I have miles of praise that I could type out about Aaron and Gauntlet, but the most astounding bit to me was how fair he was in his writing He could have easily made Yousseff an awfully terrible person with no redeeming qualities Yet, he portrayed a very realistic picture In our eyes, yes, Yousseff is definitely not a good guy however, we get to see the justification of his actions from his side of things He may be ruthless and his competitors may just disappear in the night, yet he pays all of his employees beyond the asking price for their jobs and ensures that families are taken care of as well as the people from his native lands He is a caring person with morals, although he does backtrack on them occasionally Aaron did a phenomenal job with this character, winding the complexities of real life in the words on the page to make a wonderfully glowing spot on the book.Aside from the characters, the writing in Gauntlet was fantastic With so many characters and the details surrounding them, I expected Aaron to get caught up in the complexities of the relationships and devote less time and effort to make the story flow well Instead, Aaron created a story with complex characters and relationships with wonderful pacing and flow Every bit of high intensity action was quick in pace and pulled the reader along while each bit of self reflection and downtime was slower, but not to the point of dying Aaron really needed pace on his side to pull off a book with this much complexity and he definitely found it.I would recommend this book to anyone that likes some good action I ve heard some people say that they thought they might have a hard time with the many characters, but I ll stand or sit here and say that I honestly don t think it will be a problem Aaron devotes space to each character and although you might think they would, the characters really don t get too muddled up Fair warning time Just because this is not a romance does not mean that you are going to get out of a good old dose of warning Like I mentioned earlier, we are dealing with two opposing sides When one side gets a hold of someone from the opposite side, things don t always turn out well There are a few graphic scenes although, in all honesty, I think the pictures that my imagination offered up were worse than what the words on the page actually described.Now you know what I think Go out, get the book, read it and love it You ll be oh so happy that you did

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    4.5 tons of Semtex has gone missing The highly explosive plastic material has somehow gotten into the hands of terrorists bent on striking the United States in a terrible way Authorities have no idea where the attack will take place and they only have about a month to find out or else a lot of innocent people die With every clue they get the clock ticks closer to the detonation But no matter what authorities do, the terrorists seem to always be one step ahead At the heart of the action is a 4.5 tons of Semtex has gone missing The highly explosive plastic material has somehow gotten into the hands of terrorists bent on striking the United States in a terrible way Authorities have no idea where the attack will take place and they only have about a month to find out or else a lot of innocent people die With every clue they get the clock ticks closer to the detonation But no matter what authorities do, the terrorists seem to always be one step ahead At the heart of the action is a group known as TTIC, or the Terrorist Threat Integration Center And among them is a vital employee who just happens to be an autistic math genius named Hamilton Turbee Turbee is good at cracking codes and doing quick calculations in his head and may just have what it takes to crack the case There s too many unique and distinguished characters in the book to name them all But as the reader is bounced across the globe through this fast paced thriller, it s easy to see how devastatingly widespread and serious the situation is I have to admit, when I was first approached to do a blog tour I was given the choice between a couple of books I decided to go with this one because it sounded somewhat decent, granted not really my style but I thought What the hey maybe you ll like it Mishel I received it a little late, which was no big deal But when I opened the package I became a little intimidated The book is pretty hefty But when I told myself to get over it and started to read, I became so totally engrossed in the story it was scary.Richard Aaron is a great story teller The fact that this kind of thing can actually happen adds some thrilling, if not totally frightening, excitement to the reading experience The amount of detail and research that was put into the book is amazing I never once thought that it was too much I did however, get a headache thinking how crazy it must have been putting a book like this together.One thing I absolutely loved about Gauntlet was it s characters I ve read some reviews that frowned upon the background layout of some of the characters I personally loved it Characters are one of the most important things for me in a story The fact that Aaron gave readers detailed backgrounds on the them made them seemhuman well for me anyway Even the bad guys in the story seemed totally human and I somewhat sympathized with them And yes, I know they were planning a terrorist attack on the US So shoot me Lol I did feel the ending was a little rushed, or just a little off kilter It just wasn t as enjoyable for me Although I gotta admit, the action in the end really had me on the edge of my seat I m so totally ready for the sequel to come out The story isn t over I need to know what happens lol A definite read for anyone that enjoys books like this But even if you aren t into terrorist books or military thrillers of this kind I don t even know what genre the book is because I just don t usually read anything like this I still think you should give it a try The characters, story, action may just pull you in

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    The United States thought they had come up with the perfect way to dispose of six hundred tons of Semtex They would denote it out in the desert of Libya Shortly after the big explosion, CIA agent Richard Lawrence learns that some of the Semtex was high jacked enroute Then an Emir televises that he plans to blown up a major landmark somewhere in the world The only other piece of information that the Emir provides is that he plans to attack within the month To hide the disaster that the USA The United States thought they had come up with the perfect way to dispose of six hundred tons of Semtex They would denote it out in the desert of Libya Shortly after the big explosion, CIA agent Richard Lawrence learns that some of the Semtex was high jacked enroute Then an Emir televises that he plans to blown up a major landmark somewhere in the world The only other piece of information that the Emir provides is that he plans to attack within the month To hide the disaster that the USA has on their hands, the president issues a cover up Now the president and the rest of the world are relying on the Terrorist Threat Integration Center, otherwise known as TTIC to help locate these terrorists before it is too late The TTIC was founded on May 1, 2003 due to attacks on American soil Hamilton Turbee, a mathematician and programmer is the newest member to join TTIC He also happens to be very brilliant He has found a way to track the Semtex Unfortunately these terrorists are lead by a very rich and smart man He has come up with ways to evade the US and stay one step ahead but how long will he be able to keep it up Let me first start off by saying I am enthralled by Mr Aaron Gauntlet is his first novel and the first in a series I was barely a third of the way into this story and already I was thinking about how much I really wanted to pick up the second book in this series Each character in this story played a piece of the puzzle Richard Aaron s writing was so vivid it was like I could feel the grit of the sand Plus talk about an adrenaline rush This story spanned across many different continents from the Middle East to the US, to Canada Gauntlet is not for the faint at heart If you are looking for a solid, best seller then do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this book today

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    Gauntled by Richard AaronA Novel of International intriguePages 504Published 2009ThrillerRICHARD AARON lives in a cold, northwestern city with his wife, four children, and various dogs and cats He has a university degree in mathematics and a masters in law Neither has anything to do with his burgeoning career as a writer He worked in the real world for two decades before realizing that he was actually meant to be a writer Gauntlet was produced soon thereafter He is working on the sequel t Gauntled by Richard AaronA Novel of International intriguePages 504Published 2009ThrillerRICHARD AARON lives in a cold, northwestern city with his wife, four children, and various dogs and cats He has a university degree in mathematics and a masters in law Neither has anything to do with his burgeoning career as a writer He worked in the real world for two decades before realizing that he was actually meant to be a writer Gauntlet was produced soon thereafter He is working on the sequel to Gauntlet and it is soon completed.Visit Richard at his websiteAbout the Book A terrorist threat is looming an attack that would dwarf any other This time, the government knows it s coming, but doesn t know where or how.From a stunning new voice in international intrigue comes a dramatic story of high stakes missions, treachery, honor, an unlikely hero, and the ultimate terrorist attack.Six hundred sixty tons of Semtex is detonated in a massive explosion in Libya the last of a deadly stockpile The operation seems to have gone smoothly, but within minutes of the explosion, CIA agent Richard Lawrence discovers that one shipment of the explosive was hijacked en route to the destruction point Days later, a glory seeking Emir broadcasts to the world that he is planning a massive terrorist strike against a major U.S landmark And he gives a timeline of one month.Now a desperate chase covers four continents, as the men bent on attacking the United States use every weapon at their disposal to evade the American authorities Time and again they prove willing to destroy anything and anyone standing in their way But Hamilton Turbee, an autistic computer mastermind at the secretive and newly created TTIC agency, discovers a way to follow their tracks His flawed genius gives the nation its only chance at stopping the attack if the American leadership will listen As the enemies near their destination, and an attack becomes imminent, it is up to the TTIC team, still without a true leader, to stop the massive explosion that could destroy the lives of millions.As the world watches in horror, the President asks TTIC two questions.Where will the attack be And can it be stopped The Review It s a high intense thriller, think 24, Body of Lies for movies and tv series like that As for books, it s harder since I have seen them around but I have stuck in my own corner of books I read, and these have always felt very manly and testosterone filled, which is strange since I do like to watch movies like it.I decided to show you something intense next to give a feel of the book They smashed his right leg to pieces They tore the tibia completely from its surrounding flesh and tissue, and discarded it It was not with the rest of the body They smashed most of the bones in his feet to pieces with some kind of blunt instrument, probably a hammer They ruptured both testicles, through blunt force trauma The forensic scientists who examined him think this was done through repeated, incredibly vicious blows to the groin He had many internal injuries, some occasioned by blunt force, others by surgical instruments Yousseff Said al Sabbhan, an Afghan drug smuggler who has worked his way up in the world in one of the main characters in this book We get to see his life through back flashes, and it s an interesting story about a young boy who sees a chance and takes it He is one of the big pieces in the puzzle, he and the Emir is working together on a plan that will cause damages in the states Against him stands, Terrorist Threat Integration Center, or TTIC for short Different characters who all work together trying to find out where the attack will take place, because after the semtex goes missing it s just a matter of time.I find it interesting that one of the main characters at TTIC is an autistic mathematician, who is a genius with computers He sees things that the others can t see, and I like that he has made him a hero in this book Hamilton Turbee is someone who stands out together with Yousseff Good versus evil in a world that is about to get darker.This is a book for people who like thrillers, adventure and action Between the flashbacks we get the hunt for answers, will the semtex be used by terrorists, and if so then where Messages from the Emir are aired, and the clock is ticking away Can they stop it in time They are all working hard, and some are taken and tortured It s not a book that jumps over details instead it will give you what would happen.It is a well written book and the bad part, oh how it leaves me hanging Yes it does have an ending, but what will happen next And there are certain characters that I wonder about It s a cliffhanger without really being a cliffhanger It ties up loose endings but leaves room for muchEvil is not that easily stopped, and that is the good thing about this novel It doesn t have a happy ending with good has won again, no it gives you reality But who knows what will happen in books to come

  6. says:

    Wow I could not put this book down Mr Aaron is quite an exciting, thrilling story teller My thanks to my daughter for recommending it.

  7. says:

    In Richard Aaron s Gauntlet, about 4.5 tons of a highly explosive plastic material known as semtex has gone missing and is in the hands of Afghanistan terrorists plotting against America Authorities don t know where the attack will take place and have only a month to find out and stop it from killing a lot of innocent people The terrorists, skilled at what they do, evade detection and catch at every turn A major hub of the action is a group known as the Terrorist Threat Integration Center, or In Richard Aaron s Gauntlet, about 4.5 tons of a highly explosive plastic material known as semtex has gone missing and is in the hands of Afghanistan terrorists plotting against America Authorities don t know where the attack will take place and have only a month to find out and stop it from killing a lot of innocent people The terrorists, skilled at what they do, evade detection and catch at every turn A major hub of the action is a group known as the Terrorist Threat Integration Center, or TTIC One of their most vital employees turns out to be an autistic math genius named Hamilton Turbee who is good at cracking codes and doing quick calculations in his head.The plot will take you everywhere from the caves of Afghanistan where terrorists hide and plot, the deserts of the Middle East, the Canadian border where a cop is investigating drugs, and to Washington and back While reading, you will jump around the world, and this constant movement gives a sense of scope to the plot such that you realize how widespread and serious an issue like the one in the book really is, and of all the work that goes into cracking the plots of and stopping terrorists.Everything is fast paced, jumping from one character to the next, and there are A LOT of characters Each character is distinct, though, even the terrorists that you come to understand the motives of Gauntlet is a book to read when you don t have anything else to do because you will not want to put it down With each page, the suspense builds until you feel like it is going to crack What makes the book evenimmediate and hard to put down is that everything within it feels real, as if it is happening or has happened After all, we are living in a world aware and fearful of terrorist attacks The thought that something like this could happen, or could be happening behind the scenes, is quite frankly very terrifying.This is really the first time that I have read a book like this and I thoroughly enjoyed it I love a complex plot that twists and connects all over the place, and this book certainly delivered a well thought out and wonderfully written series of events I don t want to give too much away, but suffice to say that you will be on the edge of your seat

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    Gauntlet is not an easy or mindless read It required me to pay attention to what was going on and think about what was happening When I started this book, I was a little overwhelmed Not only with the size of the book but the complexity with which the author discusses the various government agencies involved in the plot Once I finally got into the book a few chapters I started to connect with a few of the characters Once that happens for me, I tend to have an easier time sticking to the book Gauntlet is not an easy or mindless read It required me to pay attention to what was going on and think about what was happening When I started this book, I was a little overwhelmed Not only with the size of the book but the complexity with which the author discusses the various government agencies involved in the plot Once I finally got into the book a few chapters I started to connect with a few of the characters Once that happens for me, I tend to have an easier time sticking to the book There were places in this book that became too in depth anddetailed than I needed which seemed to drag things out a bit I also think that this is mucha man s book than a woman s However, even with the length of the book, I found that I gotinterested in it toward the end The further that I got, thethat I really wanted to finish it But I wanted to finish it because I was invested in the characters and I wanted to see how things ended for them Not because I wanted to know what happened The last 100 pages of the book were definitely better than the first 100, but I didn t like the end I really feel like it left me hanging I believe that Aaron intentionally left the ending hanging since there is a follow up in the works, but I don t know that I m invested in the story enough to pick up the sequel That being said, I still liked the book It took me a while to read I wasn t giving up sleep because I couldn t put it down but it was good enough to keep me interested I didn t ever think about putting it down or quitting altogether I just felt that I wasinterested in what happened to the people than the missing Semtex I guess that says a lot for character development, huh

  9. says:

    Gauntlet is a scary thriller A terrorist threat is imminent The government has been warned but doesn t know how or where.A bunch of Semtex, plastic explosive, has been purposely blown up in the desert of Libya as Libya is now friendly with the United States However, CIA agent Richard Lawrence discovers some of the Semtex was hijacked en route Is this part of the terrorist threat or will the terrorists release a dirty bomb The newly formed anti terrorist agency, TTIC is charged with finding o Gauntlet is a scary thriller A terrorist threat is imminent The government has been warned but doesn t know how or where.A bunch of Semtex, plastic explosive, has been purposely blown up in the desert of Libya as Libya is now friendly with the United States However, CIA agent Richard Lawrence discovers some of the Semtex was hijacked en route Is this part of the terrorist threat or will the terrorists release a dirty bomb The newly formed anti terrorist agency, TTIC is charged with finding out what is going to happen One of the members of the TTIC, Hamilton Turbee is a autistic computer genius who untangles all the webs to try to follow the trail of the Semtex His boss dislikes his mannerisms and does not allow Turbee to do his job properly Will anyone listen to Turbee The Emir has entrusted his terrorist plot to Yousseff Yousseff is a self made arrogant international drug lord without a compassionate bone in his body His network of thiefs are hand picked and very good at their jobs Will their loyalty be tested Also involved are two RCMP officers who are trying to find out how drugs are entering and leaving Canada How is it possible with the border being so tightly patrolled From Africa to Pakistan to British Columbia and the United States, this book covers a lot of territory This book was difficult to follow at first because of the multitude of characters and stories around the main plot A word of advice stick with it as the reward is immense A very thrilling suspense that has the reader on the edge of her seat I couldn t read fast enough to see what was going to happen next I hope never to see this scenario in real life

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    Gauntlet is a debut novel by former lawyer Richard Aaron, to be released on March 2nd I read it quickly, in one sitting, as I just had to know what was going to happenThe cast of characters is quite large There s the TTIC Terrorist Threat Integration Center staff and their not so bright director the standout here is Hamilton Turbee, the super rich autistic computer genius The CIA operative Richard Lawrence, who s hooked on painkillers and mourning the apparent death of his adopted brot Gauntlet is a debut novel by former lawyer Richard Aaron, to be released on March 2nd I read it quickly, in one sitting, as I just had to know what was going to happenThe cast of characters is quite large There s the TTIC Terrorist Threat Integration Center staff and their not so bright director the standout here is Hamilton Turbee, the super rich autistic computer genius The CIA operative Richard Lawrence, who s hooked on painkillers and mourning the apparent death of his adopted brother The mastermind behind the terrorists, who puts the plot into motion And the RCMP Royal Canadian Mounted Police who stumble onto the chaos while tracking drug dealers shipments south across the border.With all of these people involved, I m not surprised this is a large book The story proceeds at a good pace, with only a few sections that got repetitive And while I liked the background on Youssef the mastermind , some of it was just a tad implausible I mean, skinny pale little 13 year old from the tribal villages of Afghanistan figures out how to process opium into heroin by eavesdropping on his elders HmmIn any case, as mentioned before, the story was engrossing, and there were no obvious plot holes SPOILER ALERT in the next sentence Except that all the extra references told you way before you get to the end, that they don t quite manage to stop the attack I didn t need to know that with 48 pages to go SPOILER ALERT end The sequel has already been named Counterplay , and I will definitely pick it up to see where this story goes from here

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