Sleeper Cell by Chris Culver
Published: March 2018
Previous Book in the Series: #6 – No Room for Good Men
Sleeper Cell by Chris Culver is the 7th in the Ash Rashid mystery series.
First, let me thank the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Ashraf Rashid is a lieutenant in the Indianapolis Major Case Squad. He has a wife and two children. His Muslim faith is often brought into the story-lines, as is his battle with the bottle. He tries very hard to do what is right, but often finds himself in precarious situations. He works closely with the FBI.
Ash is working with the FBI to find out why one of their agents was murdered, and why that agent seemed to have been so involved with Ash’s brother-in-law Nassir. Nassir and Ash’s sister are separated, mainly due to the group of men that Nassir is working with. The group is building a “summer camp” for Muslim children, but there seems to be more to this camp than meets the eye. Why had the dead undercover agent infiltrated their group?
Meanwhile, the FBI has been monitoring a lot of chatter about a terrorist group planning something in the area. The Indy500 is fast approaching, and it would be the perfect place for an act of terror. The more Ash investigates, the more roads lead back to Nassir. So what will Ash do if one of his own family members is a terrorist?
Chris Culver never disappoints. I am really enjoying this series. I think Ash is a wonderful character, and particularly like the way he interacts with his family. This book, instead of shying away from the Muslim terrorist issue, brings it out front and center. It doesn’t justify the radicalization of young Muslims, but it does show us some of the reasons they are swayed. It also shows us how a whole group of people can be victimized by the bad actions of a precious few. I find the whole subject rather interesting, and very sad.
The plot and pace of this book were really good, and tension continues to build throughout the story. The writing, as always, was smooth.
Loved the book, and look forward to more!
Read: June 2018
Favorite Quotes from Sleeper Cell:
“I love you, too, sweetheart. Try not to get shot.”
“I wish you didn’t have to say that so often,” I said.”
“My wife’s coffee was the exact opposite of her character. Hannah was kind and sweet; it made my day just to see her. Her coffee was as black as death and seemed to suck the joy out of every room in which it found itself.”
About the Author: Chris Culver is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ash Rashid series of mysteries. After graduate school, Chris taught courses in ethics and comparative religion at a small liberal arts university in southern Arkansas. While there and when he really should have been grading exams, he wrote The Abbey, which spent sixteen weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list and introduced the world to Detective Ash Rashid.