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Hell in a Briefcase: A Matt Cooper Novel [Paperback]

By Brad Whittington (Author) & Phil Little (Author)
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Pages   410
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.11"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2006
Publisher   Broadman And Holman
ISBN  0805440801  
EAN  9780805440805  

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Matt Cooper is a true international man of mystery. A private security executive, his adrenaline-junkie days consist of last-minute first-class overseas flights, Hollywood parties with a live-in actress girlfriend, and direct calls from top CIA brass. But the jet-set lifestyle hardly matters once Matt meets Mr. Roberts, "an old broken-down millionaire" and uncommon Christian who coaxes Cooper into traveling with him to Israel. Through the strange man's incredible connections, Matt goes behind the curtain of Middle East terrorism, witnessing firsthand the untold ravages of holy war. The deeper he goes, the closer he gets to a plot involving eleven stolen briefcase nukes. Suspected of having them is an Al-Qaeda splinter group that saw 9/11 as only an initial blow to the United States.

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I Could've Missed Out  Jan 1, 2007
I received this novel in the mail as part of my participation in a website that features and supports fiction novels from a variety of genres. I read suspense/thrillers. It's what I write and hope to publish someday soon. With all this in mind I cracked this book open and began to read, even though I wasn't all that impressed with the title, cover art or for that matter the back cover blurb that's supposed to hook a potential buyer.

In a lot of ways this story is about contrasts. There are characters who are larger than life. Some who are everyday people like you and me. There are quirky, off center characters, there are troubled people with real problems with no easy answers. There are devout people of faith. There are people far from faith. And others who don't know where they stand on anything it seems. Characterwise there seems to be a little something for everyone to enjoy.

The beginning of the story, for me, didn't do justice to the plot. It was slow and tedious. The story is supposed to be about 11 or so briefcases gone AWOL and the nukes inside could go off at any moment killing millions of Americans. And yet, this element didn't even come into play for several chapters. It seemed to me the first few chapters were about character development. The set up to get you to care that nukes are going to threaten these lives. I'm used to the reverse. Present a problem and then learn about the characters involved and become invested in seeing them stop the threat or at least live to tell. For this reader, that formula works better.

There were characters who seemed to pop up from nowhere and then just disappear after they'd done there bit. And ya know, those characters didn't add or take away anything from the story for me. They could've been left out. For example, I kept thinking the millionaire would come back into the story and mean more. He didn't. The character I was drawn to the most was Matt's daughter. Her story of guilt and how she acted out really gripped me and made me want to skip over to the sections devoted to her to see how it would play out.

This is a techno-thriller so there's a lot of detail about technology and things that I personally didn't need and, for me, slowed the story down causing me to step out of the moment and understand. If you're used to this kind of thing in your reading you probably won't miss a beat. I did. Often.

There were elements to the story that seemed forced and out of place. Much of the spiritual arc with Stevie just didn't ring true for me. It seemed too easy. I did like how these changes in Stevie affected Matt and the fact that Stevie wasn't suddenly a Super Christian. She faltered in her new found faith. Both were real. For myself, I more enjoy novels that are Christian themed rather than bold, in your face, here's a Christian story. In my own writing I'm trying to learn to write like the writer of the Biblical book of Esther. Here is a power story with a lot of religious themes and yet there is no religious jargon, not even the mention of the word, God. For me, Hell In A Briefcase would've worked better had it been done in that way.

The story really kicked in for me about half way or so through. The stakes grew, the action ramped up. There was the revelation that those trying to stop the threat didn't know everything they needed to and key baddies were killed. The ones who held the answers. By the end, it was a good read and I'm satisfied with it as a whole. It's not a perfect novel. It's not one that left me wanting more.

Hell In A Briefcase is a book that I've seen on numerous trips to the bookstore. I was never moved to make the purchase. I blame this on the packaging. It is a good read. Just know that it starts slow and builds up. If you like Clancy and Ludlum, you'll probably love this book.
Very exciting and insightful thriller...  Dec 30, 2006
When I first received this book in the mail and read the title I thought, "What kind of story is this?" Honestly, the title didn't appeal to me, but the front cover was interesting and so was the description on the back. So I started to read. The first chapter had a lot of narration, which usually makes a book boring, but it seemed necessary to the setting and to get you into the mind frame of the story itself. It must've been effective because I found myself wanting to plow through this book from beginning to end. That's a good sign for me because #1, I normally don't read thrillers, and #2, I read SO many books that for it to grab me by the throat it has to be compelling. Hell in a Briefcase was compelling indeed.

Have you seen The Peacemaker (1997) starring George Clooney and Nicole Kidman? This book reminds me of that kind of action, especially with the pulse-racing countdown to find the nukes before they detonated. Continual intrigue, cliff-hanger plot points, a mysterious "mole" (as they called the insider working with the terrorists), and adventure up the wazoo made this story worthwhile reading for me. What a great ride! One of the best points, IMHO, was the fact that I didn't figure out who the proverbial bad guy/girl was until the end when the person was revealed. That was so cool! Talk about well-done red herrings. This is a perfect example of that technique.

Through much of the story I felt like I worked for Homeland Security forces alongside Matt Cooper as an insider, and as a result I know some of the secrets for fighting terrorism with counter-terrorism techniques. I love it when a book makes me feel smarter about a subject when I'm done reading it. Plus, there were excellent characterizations all around. Nikki, the daughter, was VERY well done as was Stevie, the actress. I found the spiritual arc to be very effective and frankly, if there had been no arc, it would've taken away from the story, IMHO.

In this story not everyone "finds Jesus" because that isn't the real world, but the defenses people erected against Christians were very realistically portrayed. One particular person's influence (by the change in her behavior), was dramatic enough to capture the attention of the unsaved long enough to have them wonder if what she had was truly real. That's a great illustration of living out your faith, but the character did it in baby steps, like new Christians do. Very cool! I can't wait for the next book in this series because there are some very well-done loose ends that could lead into another book (like a key bad guy being "at large"), yet I still feel satisfied at the end of this one.
Hell in A Briefcase, by Phil Little with Brad Whittington  Dec 29, 2006
Matt Cooper's life has no "pause" button. CEO of the largest private security company in the nation, Matt's existence consists of traveling overseas to establish international offices for his company, attending the highest class Hollywood parties with his actress girlfriend Stevie, engaging in clandestine meetings with informants and covert operatives, and having the ear of the most powerful people in the country. Oh, and dodging the stray bullet or jumping from a car now and then isn't out of the ordinary, either.

However, deep inside is a man who's hurting over his wife's death in a horrible car accident, trying to raise a thirteen year old daughter all by himself, while juggling the security concerns of an entire nation. Matt Cooper may be quick, brash, and mostly fearless, but he's not invulnerable. Eventually, a shot is going to come that he won't be able to duck, and that gnaws at him inside. Still, he's got the lifestyle, the "girl everyone wants" on his arm, and an exciting occupation that's never boring.

Everything changes when Matt takes a chance to scout out potential markets for his security company in the Middle East, sneaking behind enemy lines to take part in a raid that's part of a Holy War raging for decades. Not only does he see things that change him, make him question his existence and purpose, but also he stumbles upon something more tangible and horrifying - a terrifying nuclear threat to the United States and those he loves, guided by an unseen, maniacal hand bent on destruction and vengeance, a leader caught in the throes bloodlust and jihad.

Time runs out as Matt races against the clock, narrowly avoiding assassin strikes meant to take him out of the game, and everyone becomes a suspect as he realizes there's a leak somewhere, either in his own agency or higher up. Worse yet, his daughter Nikki is slipping away into a depression she might not survive, struggling with the grief of losing her mother and the fear that she's going to lose her father as well. Can Matt save the country, his family, and his own soul in time?

Hell in A Briefcase, co-authored by Phil Little, an internationally recognized counter-terrorism expert, and Brad Whittington, author of the Fred, Texas series, is a complexly woven story told in the high-wire suspense fashion of The Bourne Identity series and any number of Tom Clancy novels. The pacing is frenetic, unrelenting, and the writing is brisk, terse, bringing the reader swiftly into the flow of the action. While reading, you get the innate sense of a clock ticking as time runs out, and the action scenes are written believably, which is often hard to do in novel. Hell in A Briefcase would make an excellent transition to the big screen.

Also, as a co-authored novel, there is no dissonance in the narrative, which often marks such ventures when one writer takes over for another (I'm reminded of the Left Behind series, when it often seemed like one chapter was written by Jenkins, the other by Lahaye). Hell in A Briefcase uses realistic, accurate portrayals of terrorism and counter-terrorism, as well as the strife of living in the war-torn Middle East. Matt Cooper is a realistic character when it comes to matters of faith, there is no "pat" conversion scene when abject sinner turns automatically into a creature of grace, he struggles God's will in his life, as all people do.

For some high-adrenaline action this holiday season, pick up Hell in A Briefcase today.
A realistic SADM story.  Aug 31, 2006
An attack on one or more American cities by Islamic terrorist using nuclear weapons is considered entertaining fiction. Unfortunately, the threat is real, and thoughtful authors present plausible stories that must be considered warnings. Hell in a Briefcase is such a novel. Suitcase or briefcase nukes are misunderstood by most authors. They were designed to be a super demolition explosive, and that they are. The correct term is Special Atomic Demolition Munitions or SADMs. Technical facts in this book are accurate--a pleasant surprise.

Several books and novels deal with an attack on America with suitcase nukes. This is the best novel, with a SADM, plot I have read. A realistic story of a terrorist group planning and implementing multiple attacks with small nuclear weapons. Do they succeed? Read the book. Damage estimates are accurate, and the story keeps you turning the pages. See if you can identify the mole. Matt Cooper is a slightly larger than live alter ego of the author, Phil Little--see Hostile Intent for more information on Phil Little. Matt Cooper, the protagonist, takes the reader on an exciting worldwide adventure with plenty of action. Coop's daughter and girlfriend add an interesting subplot with conflict.

The characters are real, a couple, like Coop, are larger than life. Human emotions and motivations are well done. Islamic fanatics are painted with an accurate brush. The reader is confronted with their twisted logic. A well crafted nuclear terrorist whodunit with a Christian theme that is not over done. I highly recommend this novel.

I hope Little continues the Matt Copper series. Phil Little and Brad Whittington make a great writing team. I am looking forward to the next Matt Cooper adventure.
...And An Explosive Novel  Jul 16, 2006
A departure from Brad Whittington's first three books - Welcome to Fred, Living With Fred, Escape From Fred - all of which were wonderful coming of age stories and very funny besides. Like those tales, Hell in a Briefcase, too, is grounded in spiritual truth and purpose, but with a fierce injection of adrenaline. If you know the kinds of elements and tension making devices required to race a story along, burn rubber and peel its tread on those tight curves, you'll appreciate this action-packed story about terrorism. The characters have real depth and are engaged in their own individual spiritual journeys, making this a cut above anything I've read by, say, Tom Clancy. As high octane as any Grisham fluff I've read, too. Strong characters devoted to their careers and their individual problems make this not only a fine action thriller but a psychological ride as well, which, to my mind, distinguishes the more substantive reads from your every day fluff. Whittington's writing just gets better and better. Thumbs way up.

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