Dewey Andreas, who has appeared four times in the previous books in this series, now is a tired facsimile of himself in the wake of the murder of his fiancée. His superiors in the CIA have lost confidence him and want to sideline him in a facility where he can rest and the shrinks can rehabilitate him to his customary superhero status. But he isn’t buying the diagnosis and when he is passed over for an assignment in Moscow he takes matters into his own hands. And his adventures follow, in this novel of computer hacking, terrorism, atomic bombs and other assorted plot lines.
Essentially, the novel recounts an evil deed which lies at the heart of a planned explosion of an atomic bomb in the United States. A five-year-old witnesses the murder of his parents by a CIA agent seeking a valuable formula developed by his scientist father. The son grows up to be a computer genius hacking his way to millions of stolen money and obtaining control of an atomic bomb which he plans to use to gain revenge for the loss of his parents. And Dewey, off the books, to the rescue.
The story is really exciting, filled with gobs of information on the use of computers and how they can be used for both good and evil purposes. It is a well-constructed and -plotted novel recounting efforts to prevent the bomb from exploding somewhere in the nation on the Fourth of July. How’s that for unusual fireworks?