by SuzyWatts on April 28, 2013At first glance, the title of this book seems to imply a handbook for terrorism, which it is to a great extent, but that is only a very small part of the overall story. Many ideas are proposed to cause mayhem and destruction, though they are never brought to fruition, at least not by Tyler, the central character of the book.
Tyler is bored with his job and his life, so he invents a separate persona who runs a website called CHOAS (misspelt on purpose) where he gives advice to would-be terrorists, without any real success. His day to day life involves work, collecting his lawyer girlfriend from her job late at night, and visiting coffee shops to see and be seen. He reads non-mainstream books while drinking his coffee, hoping to engage in conversation with other like-minded souls, but seldom prospers in his ambition.
Tyler meets Molly on one of his coffee shop jaunts, and after they bump into each other a few more times, they eventually start up a platonic friendship. This does not affect his relationship with his girlfriend as he sees Molly as more of a fellow revolutionary than a romantic interest.
The climax of the book arrives with the World Trade Centre destruction on 9/11 and he realises that his website will be seen as the driving force behind the attacks, as many of his terroristic suggestions have been utilized by the perpetrators. He gets in his car and heads as far away from Washington as he can, hoping to outrun the FBI and hide in Mexico or any South American country that does not have an extradition treaty with the USA.
Read the book to find out how he gets on - you will enjoy this well written and very entertaining tale.
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