Review: The Intercept – Dick Wolf

Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (December 26, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: ISBN-10: 0062064835
ISBN-13: 978-ISBN-13: 978-0062064837
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Jeremy Fisk: NYPD Detective, Assigned to FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Krina Gersten : Fisk’s partner.


A Passenger plane is hijacked midflight and in risk of being flown into New York City. Five Passengers and a Flight Attendant manage to overtake the Hijacker. As a result, they become media celebrities and involve in a plot larger than just a stolen plane.


I enjoyed the story behind this. I found the plot fast paced and interesting, as well as reflecting current situations. This wasn’t surprising though, given the author is Dick Wolf of Law & Order fame. The plot seems like something that could have been yanked from the headlines, a plot by extremists to take out former President Bush as well as President Obama.

Jeremy Fisk is assigned to track down and stop the terrorists, while his partner, and unknown to anyone else lover, is assigned the minor task of guarding or in her thoughts, babysitting, these 6 passengers.

While the plotline is great, the characters to me felt a little flat. Unlike Law & Order where you’ve had multiple seasons to get to know each character, in novels you only get a limited number of pages. These characters seems a bit flat. I don’t know much more about Fisk or Gersten after I read the book, then I really knew about them before.

That’s my one complaint though, and Mr. Wolf’s stories have always been mostly plot and story driven rather than character driven to begin with, so look at this as an extension of Law & Order.

Overall, I found it enjoyable, but would would have had more of an impact if I’d cared about the characters. When characters are killed or injured in novels, I want to feel something for them, and unfortunately in this, I didn’t feel that.

Does that detract from the overall novel. For most people, probably not, but I’m a character person. I like to put myself into the skin of the character. While I enjoyed it, and would probably read more by Mr. Wolf, I would hope that the characters end up growing on me.

For fans of Law & Order, and fast paced plots and thrillers, grab this book. With summer coming up, it’ll be a great beach read. Older teens and adults for violence and adult situations.

About the Author

Dick Wolf, a two-time Emmy award-winning writer, producer, and creator, is the architect of one of the most successful brands in the history of television—NBC’s Law & Order, among the longest-running scripted shows.

Wolf has won numerous awards, including Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series (Law & Order) and Outstanding Made-for-Television Movie (Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee); a Grammy; and an Edgar.

He is the New York Times bestselling author of The Intercept; The Execution is the second book in his Jeremy Fisk series. He lives in Southern California.


*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Danielle at Harper Collins for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.

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