Reign in Hell

Reign in Hell

Book - 1997
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William Diehl stunned readers withPrimal FearandShow of Evil, the national bestsellers featuring Chicago lawyer Martin Vail. Now, in his gripping new novel of suspense, Diehl enters uncharted territory, pushing Vail and the legal system he represents to the brink of destruction. The nation is seized by fear. A terrorist attack on a military convoy leaves scores of soldiers dead as truckloads of highly volatile weapons fall into the hands of an ultra right-wing militia. A fanatic, snake-handling preacher known only as Brother Transgressor joins forces with this radical group, adding fuel to the fire. No one knows who this mysterious figure is or where he came from, but few can resist his ardent convictions--or see that his persuasive ways conceal his own dark secrets and sinister agenda. Having just won a landmark conviction, Martin Vail--now Illinois attorney general--has risen to national prominence. His bravado and cunning reputation catch the attention of the Oval Office. The President demands swift legal action against the militia and turns to Vail, naming him an assistant attorney general of the United States. His job: nail the terrorists in their tracks. Still hungry as ever to make up for the fatal mistakes he made years ago, Vail plunges into his new, near-impossible mission, one that soon explodes into a personal nightmare, as his most chilling adversary, Aaron Stampler, returns--seemingly from the dead--to enact a vengeance that might bring Vail to his knees.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1997
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780345411440
Branch Call Number: FIC/Diehl 359402 1
FIC/Diehl 359401 1
FIC/Diehl 359403 1
Characteristics: 437 p


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Sep 24, 2016

A decent enough novel. This is the 3rd book with the same characters but they seem kind of forced into this story. Good paced narrative with decent characterizations. Worth reading if you are interested.

Nov 19, 2007

Excellent conclusion to the Martin Vail/Aaron Stampler conflict. Interesting take on how the U.S. government reacts to home-grown terrorism brought on by U.S.-trained militiamen, especially in the days prior to 9/11. Interesting commentary on volatile mixture of religion and patriotism. Highly recommend this novel.

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