Enemy Combatant by Ed Gaffney

Cover ImageFinished 5-9-08, rating 4/5, fiction, pub. 2008

Defense Attorney Tom Carpenter is a man who believes in the law.  His father was a prosecutor and Tom has made a living of keeping the system of justice in balance by providing an excellent defense for even those who may not deserve it.  So, it is no surprise that he is suddenly defending Juan Gomez, enemy combatant.  Juan finds himself charged with the greatest act of terrorism since 9-11 and Tom is positive that he is fighting a losing battle.

Tom comes to the realization that all is not as it seems with the case against Gomez when he and his family are repeatedly threatened.  Tom is held at gunpoint, shot at, shot (all at different times by different people) and finally considered an enemy combatant himself.  His family is depending on him and time is running out for Tom and Gomez.

I could not put this book down.  I kept telling myself that I’d stop after one more chapter, but couldn’t seem to follow through.  This is an edge of your seat, timely thriller.  The themes of justice, terrorism, and government post 9-11 are scary and make for a compelling thriller.  You will be drawn in from the very first chapter.  Highly recommended.