Author Jonathan Tromane’s novel Mandate couldn’t be more topical at this time. Inspired by a Sydney Terrorist attack in 1978, during a major government conference, he has moved locations to Melbourne and created a group of Middle Eastern extremists who have something big planned for that city. A government conference is again featured but nobody knows what the group have planned or when the event will happen.
The preliminary action begins when there is a huge explosion at Melbourne Airport and the lead character, Special Operations Officer Geoffrey Logan, who has issues of his own at the time, is drawn into the dangerous world of international terrorism. Whilst still fighting his demons he becomes involved in the hunt for the extremists.
Logan joins forces with Bradley Curtis, a tenacious detective who has been assigned the task of trying to locate the terrorists and preventing them from carrying out their Mandate. As the clock ticks away Logan gradually becomes aware that he has been at the edge of the spider's web, without knowing it, for some time.
Mandate opens a window to both sides of the action. The security forces as they struggle to get somewhere on one side and the resourceful terrorists as they cleverly outfox their pursuers all the way to an electrifying climax. A final twist leaves a lasting impression that the war on terror will be long and daunting. COULD AUSTRALIA HANDLE A MAJOR TERRORIST ATTACK?