The Man­hat­tan Project

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - FRONT PAGE -

Paul McNeive

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Tsan Yo­hoto, a Ja­panese phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal bil­lion­aire and a sur­vivor of the Hiroshima atom bomb, has nursed a life-long grudge against the United States for killing the rest of his fam­ily. To­gether with a num­ber of like-minded mega-wealthy com­pa­tri­ots he has hatched a plan to bring a bioter­ror­ism dis­as­ter to New York with the help of Al Qaida, who have a small army of rad­i­calised young men all over Amer­ica. Yo­hoto’s men also man­age to co­erce a suc­cess­ful Le­banese fast-food en­tre­pre­neur into help­ing his ef­fort to in­tro­duce a med­i­cal melt­down through­out the city, threat­en­ing mil­lions of lives.

John Wise, a New York cop, is the only man who sus­pects the city is un­der at­tack, but can he per­suade the author­i­ties of the im­mi­nent catas­tro­phe? The author has a ter­rific premise, but the ac­tion flags a lit­tle through the over-ex­po­si­tion of the mar­ket­ing el­e­ments of the story.

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