Day of Wrath

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

Peter Thorn and Helen Gray came together, personally and professionally in THE ENEMY WITHIN (1996) to foil those who would threaten the United States. In the process, Helen was badly wounded and Thorn earned the undying enmity of the President of the United States. Helen recovered from her wounds and subsequently returned to active duty with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The human body, given the opportunity, and obedient to a strong will, possesses amazing powers of recuperation. But Helen’s wounds were physical and amenable to medical intervention. Peter Thorn’s wounds were equally remarkable, indeed near fatal, but nothing could be done. Those who inform a president that Hell should be their next destination will pay a professional price.

Still, there are survivors in this world. People who possess extraordinary abilities. Perhaps in consequence of the fact they routinely find themselves beset by exceptional circumstances. Gray and Thorn are two such persons and despite the best efforts of their superiors they are once again leading the charge against those who would harm the nation. The villains, not surprisingly are corrupt Russians, a rich vengeful Arab and a host of sociopaths left unemployed with the creation of a united Germany.

The collapse of the “evil empire” affected the nations of what was once the Western Alliance in a number of ways. Those who wrote novels in this particular genre found themselves compelled to abandon the contemporary to plumb the depths of the past or the future. Fortunately, a new crop of regional villains or stereotypical miscreants emerged to serve as fictional models. The malefactors who populate this novel are imaginative creations, who find their actualization in persons who appear on television news programs. In consequence, DAY OF WRATH is a work of fiction which might all too plausibly become a historical monograph.