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People Raged and the Sky Was on Fire by Craig Martelle

A terrorist plotting an attack on Washington DC, staying one step ahead byhiding in plain sight, always there, but never seen.

In the classic government way, a tiger team is built to look into the intelligence surrounding a terror threat. They didn't count on Rick Banik to breakdown walls and get the job done, no matter what. He takes it personal.

Rick Banik - the right patriot for a new age.A race against time. A fight against bureaucracy. A maze of red tape and dots that don't want to be connected.How many people must die for the plot to be uncovered? How many will die if it isn't?



  • "Roll over Jack Ryan, Rick Banik is the new kid on the block. I read this intelligently written thriller within five hours, a first for me. A totally engrossing page-turner until its explosive conclusion."

    – M.A. Comley, NY Times & USA Today Bestselling author of the JUSTICE series
  • "If you like Jack Ryan, then Rick Banik is your next best intelligence professional."

    – M.A. Rothman, USA Today Bestselling Author
  • "Like Tom Clancy? You'll love "People Raged"! One heck of a read. Tightly plotted, the action never stops. Intelligence work is deadly boring, until it's not. Analyst Rick Banik is a former Marine working as an intelligence analyst contractor for DOD. He catches a break on intel about a terrorist plot. Twists and turns, action and reaction, new friends and more action ensues. The explosive ending seals the deal. You will love this book!"

    – Amazon reviewer Natli VanDerWerken
  • "This is a page turner. You are given only one chance to catch your breath, make the most of it. When you read this, you'll need to HANG ON TIGHT and plan for not putting this book down! Martelle delivers a story which will keep you on the edge of your seat. His ability to provide authenticity makes it an excellent read. The detail and "insider" language is top notch which helps you feel the drama as it unfolds. I'm already looking for the sequel. I'm interested in the attitude of the main character which holds clues about why this is such a well written piece."

    – Amazon reviewer A. Perry



Now is the winter of our discontent, Rick quoted while daydreaming, hoping the madness before him would stop. Our world is doused in gasoline, and while we vote on whether we should call it gas or petrol, a dark stranger lights a match and approaches. As they tally the ballots, the match drops and fire fills the sky. The people raged in disbelief that good men could fail so completely.

The room smelled of emotionally charged sweat. Men, arguing about the way ahead. The catalyst? A single sheet of paper with a single paragraph. The cover sheet marked TOP SECRET//COMINT-GAMMA //ORCON/NOFORN, was cast aside, long since forgotten. Very few people in the country were allowed access to it. Even fewer actually read it.

Rick sat along the wall, a mid-level analyst without a seat at the big table.

He read the message before the meeting. One terrorist talking to another, translated, analyzed, condensed, re-analyzed, and reported. The analysis was odd, so he dug into the system and pulled the original analysis before it was reduced to one alarming paragraph. Then he pulled the first translation of the original conversation and finally he pulled up the conversation itself, in its native Arabic.

He didn't speak Arabic, but he had friends who did. He ran it by them. Their translation was different. The report with the analysis of the analysis of the translation was wrong. And the men in the meeting haggled over their interpretations as if they held the Holy Grail in their hands.

Rick fidgeted, waiting for the opportunity to take the stage, deliver his conclusion and how he arrived at it. But would they listen? He waited until his boss, Colonel Tom Alexander, US Army Retired leaned back.

Rick whispered in his ear, "Sir, they have it all wrong. I pulled the original material and got another translation. It's different. I think we need to stop the madness and start with a new look." The Colonel nodded, excusing himself from the meeting, motioning Rick to follow as he worked his way toward the door.