|About the Book|
On September 11, 2001, Jennifer Sinclair, a youngTexan living in London, saw her homeland attacked: the World Tradecenters, the Pentagon, and a plane which crashed in a field inPennsylvania. It was difficult to be an American in a foreign country,MoreOn September 11, 2001, Jennifer Sinclair, a youngTexan living in London, saw her homeland attacked: the World Tradecenters, the Pentagon, and a plane which crashed in a field inPennsylvania. It was difficult to be an American in a foreign country,even an ally of Americas, following the events of September 11. Nowmarried to a New Scotland Yard senior detective, Jenny never expectedthe climate of terrorism from the United States to sweep across theAtlantic and bring an undercurrent of fear to the United Kingdom.Jenny now lives in the idyllic northwest London suburb of Hampstead,but she feels the uneasiness that all Americans abroad do. When it takesonly one crazed individual to commit unreasoning violence, no one canconsider himself or herself completely safe. The Commissioner of theMetropolitan Police assigns extra officers to patrol possible targetareas in what he calls, Operation Calm, but Jenny is not reassured. Thena cargo ship in the English Channel, reported to be carrying terroristmaterial, is boarded by anti-terror police. Although the New ScotlandYard spokesman insists that there is no danger to the public, she isntrelieved. Not long afterward, Richard Reid, who was born and raised inBritain, tries to destroy an American Airlines plane in flight with abomb in his shoe. Each incident seems to be happening closer and closerto home.Her husband, Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sinclair, recalls thedays of IRA terrorism and assures her that police officers in the UKhave a good deal of experience fighting terrorists. IRA terrorists,however, generally did not choose to die with their targets, and thisnew breed of evildoers seems to be willing to stop at nothing.Still, Jenny never expected the clouds of violence to strike close tohome and threaten her loved ones. Then early in 2002, a terroristattack occurs in London and devastates her. Reeling from the trauma ofsudden grief, Jennys world is turned upside down, and she must find thestrength to adjust to a life she would not have chosen, separated fromfamily and in a country not her own.Supported by an ex-Royal Army chaplain, counseled by a psychiatrist,and guided by Metropolitan Police officers who have become friends,Jenny struggles to make a new life for herself. Then a new dangerappears, on the quaint streets of her Hampstead home, a danger she willhave to face alone.Thus The Mission continues the story of Houston-born Jenny - who traveled to London in the previous novel, The Witness -and the Metropolitan Police Service detectives and witness protectionofficers who kept her safe following her brutal attack by a serialkiller. She faced a long recovery from her physical injuries and an evenlonger one from the trauma of violence. Testifying against her attackerin spite of her fear strengthened her, and gradually she moved frombeing a victim to being a survivor. The final step, however, involvedleaving her trauma behind to become a victor, someone free to embracehope and love.