Gotcha: Al Qaeda Strikes Again by Rick D. Cleland

Rick Cleland is a former U.S. Marine Corps Captain who served in Vietnam in 1967-1968. His brief novel, Gotcha:  Al Qaeda Strikes Again (Trafford Publishing, 92 pp., $11.95, paper), is a critique of how the U. S. government is held captive by conventional thinking and an inability to be proactive.

The book’s hero, Marty Stabler, a Marine Corps officer, is fast-tracked to Captain and is assigned to find out what signals there had been prior to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and who had failed to be sensitive to them. Marty, carrying a federal agent’s ID card, starts poking around to see what he can find out.

We all know what can happen to an innocent who stirs a stinking pot. Read this little novel to find out what happens to Marty and where his poking leads him. The title sort of gives it away. There are some surprises and a few laughs in this book. It is worth the time it takes to read it.

—David Willson

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