A birthday party on a beautiful summer Sunday afternoon on the roof garden of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the guest of honor, Roland Fortune, mayor of New York City.
Suddenly multiple explosions rock the entire building. This is not an accident, not a gas leak, but a heinous act of terrorism. Among the injured is the mayor himself, and although he survives, the woman he loves does not. Ultimately the death toll exceeds 1700 people. And the terrorism does not stop there. As the city's other iconic sites are targeted, the mayor throws Manhattan into lockdown.
In the chaos that ensues, law enforcement groups converge on New York City. The FBI, Homeland Security, the Armed Forces, even the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the President, come to the aid of the New York City Police Department. Amidst this massive joint effort, only New York City Police Commissioner Gina Carbone is closing in on the terrorists. Her tactics well outside legal bounds, her cell operating in total secrecy, Gina takes vigilantism to a new level. Will her extremely aggressive actions succeed—or plunge the city into further catastrophe?
"Manhattan Lockdown may well be this summer’s thriller. Its fast-moving plot not only provides entertainment, but will make you think, "Could this really happen?" Author Paul Batista has obviously given this question some thought. He is uniquely qualified as a lawyer, resident of New York, and experienced author of fiction and nonfiction, to contemplate the consequences of a possible terrorist attack on major New York locations and citizens.... The writing is superb and descriptions of New York are crisp and authentic."
—San Francisco Book Review
"From its literally explosive first pages through its literally explosive last pages, Manhattan Lockdown brings us into a battle for the streets of Manhattan as the city's most treasured icons are blown apart by terrorists. Arising from the chaos, Gina Carbone, New York City's Police Commissioner, explodes on the scene as the most chilling and memorable protagonist in modern thrillers."
—Lis Wiehl, New York Times best-selling author
"Manhattan Lockdown is engrossing from first page to the last. Great for a beach read. Don't miss it. And if you are planning to be in New York, you could also use the novel as a guide to the city's attractions."
—Mary Ann Smyth, BookLoons (read more here)
"Simply amazing. When you start this book, set aside a few hours. You will definitely not want to put it down. Paul Batista is such a talent. The story gets straight into it in the first few pages.... The story moves along at a good pace, with plenty of things happening, all the way through to a great ending. I can see why the author has received 5 stars for his other books, well deserved. Add this book to your reading list, you won’t be disappointed."
—Goodreads review (read more here)
Oceanview Publishing, hardcover, July 2016, ISBN: 9781608091973