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By Jo Bannister

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Critical Angle
By Jo Bannister
Magna Large Print, 2000
ISBN: 0-7505-1542-2
Genre: Mystery

Reviewed by Auggie Moore - August 10, 2006

Michael Diarmid "Mickey" Flynn has a problem. Both the Israelis and the Palestinians want him dead. To make matters worse, if possible, Flynn is in constant pain from a shard of bone imbedded in his back, put there by a terrorist's bomb. An American photo-journalist with a devil-may-care attitude, Flynn sets out to photograph a PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) terrorist training camp. He soon discovers that he was a pawn of an Israeli intelligence agency who used him to get information on the terrorist. The Palestinians come to see him as a traitor, and the Israelis as an unacceptable risk. Both sides feel that the best way to deal with Flynn is to eliminate him.

Jo Bannister, who is herself a former journalist, brings a sense of realism and panache to Critical Angle as she tackles the challenging and divisive role that journalists, and journalism takes in the major issues of the day. This book was originally published under the title of Shards, and is as timely and exciting book today, as it was when first published. While the underlaying issues that she addresses are important, they take a back seat to a fast-paced and well-plotted mystery/thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Can Flynn, with the help of his friend and mentor, Gilbert Todd extract himself from the predicament that he has come to find himself in? If not, who will have the honor of terminating a man who not so long ago was bent upon his own self-destruction?

Critical Angle is a well-written and gripping thriller that is full of excitement and raw emotion. A diverting read that will leave you eager to read more from the pen of Jo Bannister.

Critical Angle can be purchased directly from Ulverscroft, the parent company of Magna Large Print.

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