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Terrorism is the cornerstone of this summer's fiction offerings for men. From the frighteningly plausible to the wildly impossible, these diverse titles capitalize on the uncertainty and threat of seemingly random attacks. As the action heats up, readers will want to have a cold drink handy.
Alpert, Mark. Final Theory: A Novel. Touchstone: S, & S. Jun. 2008. c.368p, ISBN 978-1-4165-7287-9. $24. F
On the run from the U.S. government and a ruthless assassin, science historian David Swift tries to uncover the meaning of a series of numbers whispered to him by his dying mentor. David hurtles from the Northeast to Appalachia to solve the puzzle that may be tied to Einstein's final theory, but the answer takes him by surprise. First-timer Alpert, a Scientific American editor, executes the action sequences with enthusiasm, although his hero performs some incredible feats for a civilian. Alpert also lays out the science without overwhelming the casual reader. Recommended, especially for Michael Crichton fans.
Anthony, Tom. Rebels of Mindanao. Beaufort, …