Author: Dale A. Dye
Publisher: Warriors Publishing Group (2010)
Binding: Paperback, 306 pages
Dale Dye’s thriller, Peleliu File, starts innocently enough. Shake Davis, retired Marine chief warrant officer and counter-terrorism expert, is combing Iwo Jima for the remains of two WW II combatants, a Japanese general and an American photographer. His daughter, Tracey calls to surprise him from Wake Island, where she is part of a Navy ocean science expedition studying dead Pacific salmon washed up on Wake Island. Ordinary stuff, except that the fish all appear to have died from Clostridium botulinum. Notthe ordinary kind found in nature, but rather, a genetically altered and potentially deadly strain. At the same time, a group of terrorists are on the move, with Navy SEALS shadowing them.
The stage is set for action, and Dye provides plenty of it. Shake is called to join the chase for an elusive group of international terrorists bent on loosing biochemical hell. Soon, the CIA is in on it and with them, Shake’s love interest, Chan Dwyer. Likewise, Tracey and her fellow Navy scientists. On the other side are Sayed Abdullah and his Abu Sayyaf jihadists, Muslim separatists bent on overthrowing the Manila government. A bad group, but around for a long time—except they now have joined forces with Iranian QUDs operatives and extremist scientists, chief of which is Dr. Susilo Nasuton. All of these are financed by a Saudi prince. Added to the group is a mysterious figure named Colonel Ibrahim, someone even the terrorists suspect as being non-Muslim. In a former, better life, Ibrahim was Lieutenant-Colonel Ignacio Felodon, a decorated Filipino whom Shake had worked with and trained, a Catholic.
Dyer masterfully weaves a web that leads from the Pacific islands to various command points in the US and back again. The details are superb, with no stinting on the different types of air and sea craft or their crews. Nor are the female characters limited to non-combat roles. One of the few American causalities at the end of the operation is Commander Janet Dewey, killed while attacking the terrorist vessel, Al Calipha. From intel plotting to combat scenes, the Peleliu Files unerringly holds the reader’s attention all the way to its climatic and highly satisfying end.
Reviewed by: Barbara Peacock (2012)