The Saladin Strategy: My favorite book so far this year!

Norm Clark“Norm Clark has two action packed thriller novels available (“Resurrected” and the recently published “The Saladin Strategy”) in the Jack McDuff series in e-book and print formats. Work has begun on number three.

The genre and writing style of his work was dictated by his upbringing and choice of friends through the years. He was born and raised in a military environment, which, to a large degree, set the tone for the genre. Input and stories from friends (a couple of Navy Seals, a Force Recon marine, and a Viet Nam era Air America pilot) greatly influenced the plot-lines and writing style.” (Purloined from Norm’s web page)

Synopsis, from Amazon: “Jack McDuff’s ‘blind meet’ with an unknown contact in Vienna pulls him from the ‘good life’ with Mary Conlan and thrusts him back to the dark world of murder and terrorism.

Survival from assassins and the discovery of a secret Jihadist plot unknown to our intelligence services forces Jack into an unsanctioned mission, which ultimately takes him to our nation’s Capital.

Details emerge and elevate the plot to the highest level. The Jihadist mission’s success will upset the global political balance and eliminate America’s influence in the Middle East with no support from her allies. Faced with an imperative to negate the threat, Jack deals with a dilemma. His opposition reaches high into the White House hierarchy and he trusts no one.

Filled with twists and turns, Jack’s rogue mission races to a dramatic finale.”





My review: I’ve just finished reading Norm Clark’s The Saladin Strategy and dammit I’m tired! This wonderfully written yarn doesn’t stroll through the park, or anything else for that matter. The pace is energetic and the mood is immediate. Every page had me thinking that Jack Calder was going to triumph before plunging me into nerve-wracking anxiety, lightly laced with despair when yet another twist was revealed. My heart was literally racing every moment I spent with Jack and his cohorts.

My biggest difficulty with The Saladin Strategy was putting it down long enough to attend to my duties. I found myself resenting my students and their blasted lesson plans. I wanted to get back into the action and find a way out of a situation that could very well have destroyed the nation as we, and the rest of the world, know it.

Clark’s plots, subplots, and characters are astonishingly well-developed and believable. His narrative is crisp with no wasted dialogue or descriptions. In short, The Saladin Strategy is a must-have for the bookshelf (or eReader) of every fan of the international thriller. If subterfuge and espionage served with a side of politics is your cuppa tea, waste no time in buying or downloading this book today. I’m giving this book five stars and the Ol’ Big Jim Seal of Approval.

Saladin CoverYou’ll find The Saladin Strategy at Amazon.

You can find Norm at:


Norm Clark – Author Blog




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About Ol' Big Jim

Ol' Big Jim, has been a storekeeper, an embalmer, a hospital orderly, a medical biller, and through it all, a teller of tall tales. Many of his stories, like his first book, New Yesterdays, are set in his hometown of Piedmont, Alabama. For seven years, he lived in the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, Amman, Jordan where he spends his time trying to visit each one of the thousands of Ammani coffee shops and scribbling in his ever-present notebook. These days, you can find him back stateside, still filling notebooks.
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