A Book Spy Review: ‘The Armageddon File’ by Stephen Coonts

51dT9to9wpL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_When thirty-four-year-old Junior Sikes’ co-worker, Rosa, calls the police and turns him in for looking at child pornography at work, it kicks off a chain of events that nobody saw coming.

Admitting to the crimes and to being a pedophile, Sikes tells his public defender that he has information he wants to trade to the FBI. If they’ll cut him a deal, Sikes, an employee of ElectTech, is willing to provide proof that the last presidential election was rigged. 

After detailing how he personally wrote a code that helped rig machines to switch votes, Sikes claimed that ElecTech instructed him to find a way to manipulate voting machines across different precincts.

Later, he’s awoken from his jail cell and escorted to a room where a man claiming to be with the FBI is waiting for him. After Sikes answered a few questions and agreed to give up ElecTech, the visitor pulled a silenced pistol and shot him in the head. 

Meanwhile, Tommy Carmellini–who was temporarily loaned out to the FBI by his boss, CIA Director Jack Grafton, to work on their election task force–is sent to Pennsylvania to interview Sikes. Upon arriving, Camellini is among the first to realize that Sikes was taken out by a professional hitman, and sets out to find the shooter. 

As Carmellini’s investigation leads him further and further down the rabbit hole, a bigger conspiracy slowly begins to take shape. With the body count piling up and a number of shady players emerging to reveal their true motives, Carmellini and Grafton must work together to try and get to the bottom of things. With bullets flying all around them and the integrity of America’s presidential election being called into question, it’s up to Jack Grafton and Tommy Carmellini to save the day before it’s too late. 

By using characters such as Cynthia Hinton, a career politician and former presidential candidate who lost to a Twitter-loving businessman named Vaugh Conyer, Coonts does little to conceal the fact that much of the plot is ripped both from headlines and less-than-credible tabloids. For that reason, readers who identify on the left of the political spectrum, well, this one probably isn’t for you. For those on the right, The Armageddon File should find its way to the top of your to-read list rather quickly.

Coonts, who switched publishers prior to releasing last year’s Liberty’s Last Stand–which is one of the most politically incorrect and controversial novels since Vince Flynn’s Term Limits–continues to write unfiltered, conservative-driven storylines that hold nothing back. The Armageddon File is a knockout blow to those who wish Coonts would tone down the politics, and his like-minded fans are sure to enjoy his unapologetic style. 

The stakes have never been higher for Grafton and Carmelini, as Stephen Coonts delivers another high-powered, politically-charged thriller that is not to be missed. 

Book Details

Author: Stephen Coonts

Series: Tommy Carmellini
Pages: 256 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 1621576590
Publisher: Regnery Fiction
Release Date: November 6, 2017
Book Spy Rating: 7.0/10

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