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Book: The Twilight of the Day - A story of extraordinary courage by Ian A. O'Connor

Book: The Twilight of the Day - A story of extraordinary courage by Ian A. O'Connor

categories: Book, Suspense, Military, International, Political, Murder, Thriller


Ian A. O'Connor

Author Ian A. O'Connorabout this book: The intricate plotting...throughout this brisk work is truly impeccable. - Kirkus Reviews

The book review printed below was published in the Air Force Times on November 19, 2001. It refers to the first edition printing of The Twilight of the Day by Ian A. O'Connor.

POWs heroic in nuclear thriller
By Steven A. Simon
Special to the Times

Much has been written about the ordeal that Vietnam prisoners of war endured at the hands of their captors. Since factual accounts have been sufficiently detailed there doesn't appear to be any real need for Vietnam fiction. O'Connor's thriller, "The Twilight of the Day," fills a void that doesn't even exist. And fills it very nicely.

The concept of the novel is clever, original and intriguing. Desperate to develop the capability to launch nuclear missiles, the Libyan government purchases nine American POWs from the North Vietnamese just before the 1973 Paris Peace Acord is signed. The prisoners are especially valuable because of their knowledge of nuclear engineering.

The sinister plan is to force the POWs to develop the final piece of the puzzle: the initiators that will trigger the nuclear reaction. Despite being at a monumental disadvantage, the POW's, led by Navy Capt. James Vincent Trader, battle with the ruthless, demented Libyan who is masterminding the project.

The plausibility of the tale is enhanced by O'Connor's skillful weaving of actual early-1970s events into the story. The appearance of President Nixon, Henry Kissinger, and Libyan ruler Moammar Gaddafi add to the sense of realism. "The Twilight of the Day" shows there is a need for quality fiction. Fans who prefer their heroes to be real people, will enjoy this imaginative, well-written adventure.

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