The watchwords against terrorism are, "If you see something, say something." But what if you did and no one listened?
We are representing Theodore Judson, author of The Waters of Ninevah, a thriller and a dark comedy about a group of middle-aged men who take their revenge upon a world that has passed them by.
Revenge can take on many forms, but John Taylor and Erin Mondragon become homegrown terrorists in their efforts to wreak havoc on the U. S.
It's 2016 and John Taylor's company suffers a hostile takeover by a corporate raider from Silicon Valley. His wife leaves him for a younger man, his son is estranged from him, and Taylor is becoming a drunk. John meets Erin Mondragon, a college classmate who has been betrayed by a former business partner and has served time in a federal prison for a crime he didn't commit.
To gain his revenge upon the U. S., Mondragon enlists Taylor, along with a former soldier, an engineer whose father went bankrupt and committed suicide, and several other misfits whose lives have taken a bad turn, and they hatch a scheme to destroy all the major dams on the Colorado River. He and Taylor buy property along the river, which they insure at several times its real value. When the dams burst, they and their cohorts become incredibly rich.
This group of terrorists succeed in making the federal government believe the attack on the dams was carried out by a cartel of South American narco-terrorists. But they aren't the only ones looking for revenge. They didn't plan on encountering a smarter-than-your-average-diner waitress and a wily and obscure deputy sheriff from Arizona. Sheriff Bob Mathers (and the last competent man in the nation), learns who has destroyed his beloved territory, finds them out, and plans his own revenge by turning the plotters against each other.
Theodore Judson is the author of Tom Wedderburn's Life (2002), Fitzpatrick's War (2004), The Martian General's Daughter (2006) and Hell Can Wait (2010).