The Valley of Shadows


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About The Valley of Shadows

When intelligence sources cite possible Al-Qaeda attacks on Election Day, it’s up to Derek Stillwater to stop the mastermind behind these deadly attacks from pulling the trigger.

A raid on a Pakistan Al-Qaeda cell recovers two laptops. When the computers’ booby-traps are defused and the computers decrypted and translated, they indicate that Al-Qaeda has planned a series of simultaneous attacks in five U.S. cities involving potential dirty bombs, biological weapons and maybe even a nuclear weapon on Election Day.

Derek Stillwater, troubleshooter for the Department of Homeland Security, is assigned to a multi-jurisdictional Special Terrorism Activity Response Team (START) to locate the weapon and terrorists in Los Angeles and prevent the attack. They have two days. But as they close in on their targets, Derek begins to think that the intelligence they gathered is a sideshow to distract them from the real target one of the two candidates for President of the United States.


"The latest Derek Stillwater novel is a first- rate thriller, well-crafted and relentless, that launches like a rocket and never slows down. Mark Terry is at the top of his form, a slam-bang storyteller, and this novel about L.A. under attack from jihadists is not to be missed." —Douglas Preston, author of Impact and Blasphemy

"Complex and gripping, The Valley of Shadows is a sprawling tale of espionage, religious fanaticism, and the cost of hubris. With rich characters and superb insider details, it’s a deeply satisfying novel that will linger with you a long time." —Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Spies

"Terry mashes the action pedal to the floor…Readers will have little time or inclination to search for subtleties as they happily race along with the indestructible Derek." —Publishers Weekly

"…an action-packed tale that has readers running…fast-paced…fans of a thrill a paragraph will relish The Valley of Shadows." —Follow The Clue

"…the suspense of the story soon pulled me in. I finished it all too quickly…" —The Genre Review

"Readers of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor will devour this one…those jumping in here will be clamoring for Terry’s previous books." —Booklist

"tightly written plot is what we expect from Terry, and does he deliver!…had to keep reminding myself that the book I was reading was fiction…Caution – do not read it while alone." —Bookloons

"The Derek Stillwater series continues on with yet another superb novel that you just won’t be able to put down. Mark Terry is an instant favorite – brilliant!" —Book Fetish

"…Terry uses action to propel the story. Thanks Mark Terry for another excellent read." —The Mystery Reader