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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Code Name: Scarlet by Richard S Lowry is a military story. Rich Graham and Lindsey Warner have fallen in love, under the shadow of the horrifying 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Al-Qaeda operatives have managed to get their hands on a nuclear weapon, a terrifying prospect, and Rich and Lindsey are the main players in the operation to find the weapon. They must locate and secure it before it can be used, but the best laid plans never go as they should. Instead, Lindsey and Rich must think quickly, must improvise, and must make choices that could mean the difference between life and death as operation Code Name: Scarlet goes live. Can their love survive this terrible time? Indeed, will they survive and can they save America?
Code Name: Scarlet is Richard S Lowry’s first novel after publishing a number of non-fiction military books, and I have to say it is a cracking book. The plot is sound and, obviously drawing on his own experiences, is incredibly real and true to life. It is also somewhat scary because we know that this kind of thing does happen and could very well cause mass destruction in the future if it can’t be stopped in time. The character development was excellent and the descriptive nature of the book leaves nothing to the imagination; indeed, it draws you into the story and has you living it while you read it, and that, to me, is the mark of a good author. This is one of those books that I guarantee no reader, especially fans of military fiction, will put down until the last breath is drawn. I enjoyed the read and hope that Mr. Lowry will be releasing more fictional works in the future.