| War and ecological disaster go hand-in-hand, but most of the time the storylines are distinct. In Imminent Retribution, however, Michael Flanagan has succeeded in weaving the two together seamlessly. Leave it to oil, the life’s blood of modern industry, to be the common denominator. The story draws attention to Iraq, a part of the world that has in recent years become a lightning rod for conflict—the reason being that it has some of the largest oil reserves in the world.
What Mr. Flanagan has cleverly noticed is that there are consequences to changing the environment by pumping something out of the ground in such large quantities for a hundred years—especially near a major subduction fault. At the time that I read Imminent Retribution, I had just finished reading Simon Winchester's Krakatoa, which drew attention to the authenticity of Mr. Flanagan’s chronicle of the geologic disaster in his book. Throw in a secret underground bunker, a group of terrorists at each others throats, and WMDs escaping into the environment, and you have a pressure-cooker page turner.
For those who enjoy conflict and a detailed knowledge of the background story, along with an interesting mix of highly charged characters, I highly recommend Imminent Retribution.
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