Published in 2014, Pulse by Robert Cook could very well be ripped from today’s headlines. Iran has plans to attack Israel, the Israelis are aware of it and just might preemptively strike back. It’s up to Alejandro Mohammed Cuchulan, Cooch, an American with feet in both American and Middle Eastern culture, to stop it before things spiral out of control and global conflict erupts of the like that would make World War II look like a poorly staged episode of WWE.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review. It started a bit slow, and I was almost disappointed, but then it picked up, and like a snowball rolling down a hill, it continued to grow—the tension went from low to hyper and stayed up until I felt breathless.
Cook takes the reader on a wild ride from Morocco to DC to Teheran, as the hero, Cooch, cooks up a wild plan to keep the peace. I don’t want to spoil it for readers, but it involves the legalization of a certain plant substance that is current illegal, using the proceeds from legal sales to improve the economy and increase education of the masses—a plan that encounters serious objections from the more militant members of the Iranian government
You have to stay on your toes as you read Pulse. The clues to the eventual outcome are all there, but hidden so skillfully, if you blink you’ll miss them.
Four of Five Stars!