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Trade Paperback
412 pages
May 2006
Broadman & Holman Publishing

Hell in a Briefcase: A Matt Cooper Novel

by Phil Little with Brad Whittington

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Matt Cooper doesn’t need anything in his life. He has a thriving business, expansive house, talented daughter, and a beautiful woman named Stevie who has helped him heal after his wife’s death. Yet when a Colonel Sanders look-alike invites him to Israel, Matt finds himself inexplicably drawn to go. George Roberts may be a religious humanitarian, but he’s also a businessman with connections that will ease Matt’s work of establishing a company branch in Israel.

Despite Matt’s expertise with security, Stevie and Nikki are understandably uneasy about his trip to a land where suicide bombers are the norm. But what Matt finds there changes his life forever.

Meanwhile, terrorists are plotting another attack against the U.S. Eleven briefcase nuclear bombs from the former Soviet Union are missing, and millions of American lives are at stake. Matt volunteers the resources of his organization to ferret out the terrorists and find the nukes, before it’s too late.

This novel offers a fascinating perspective on terrorists by anti-terrorism expert Phil Little. The book begins slowly, but suspense builds as it progresses. With Brad Whittington’s addition to the writing team, I expected some Fred-like humor and characterization, but was disappointed. Character motivations and emotions were clearly shown, but I found myself unable to closely identify with any of the people in the novel. While all the right elements were included, the book doesn’t flow well, and many parts of it seemed clichéd. If you enjoy plot-driven novels and can make it past the first hundred pages to where the action starts to pick up, you may want to give it a try. – Katie Hart, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Matt Cooper is a true international man of mystery. A private security executive, his adrenaline-junkie days consist of last-minute first-class overseas flights, Hollywood parties with a live-in actress girlfriend, and direct calls from top CIA brass.

But the jet-set lifestyle hardly matters once Matt meets Mr. Roberts, “an old broken-down millionaire” and uncommon Christian who coaxes Cooper into traveling with him to Israel. Through the strange man's incredible connections, Matt goes behind the curtain of Middle East terrorism, witnessing firsthand the untold ravages of holy war.

The deeper he goes, the closer he gets to a plot involving eleven stolen briefcase nukes. Suspected of having them is an Al-Qaeda splinter group that saw 9/11 as only an initial blow to the United States.