The Intercept by Dick Wolf- Review

Dick Wolf
Publication Date: December 26,2012
Publisher: William Morrow
The Intercept: A Jeremy Fisk Novel)
Days before the July Fourth holiday and the dedication of One World Trade Center at Ground Zero, an incident aboard a commercial jet over the Atlantic Ocean reminds everyone that vigilance is not a task to be taken lightly. But for iconoclastic New York Police detective Jeremy Fisk, it may also be a signal that there is much more to this case than the easy answer: that this is just the work of another lone terrorist.

Fisk—from the department’s Intelligence Division, a well-funded anti-terror unit modeled upon the CIA—suspects that the event might also be a warning sign that another, potentially more extraordinary scheme has been set in motion. Fluent in Arabic and the ways of his opponents, Fisk is a rule breaker who follows his gut—even if it means defying those above him in the department’s food chain. So when a passenger from the same plane, a Saudi Arabian national, disappears into the crowds of Manhattan, it’s up to Fisk and his partner Krina Gersten to find him before the celebrations begin.

Watching each new lead fizzle, chasing shadows to dead ends, Fisk and Gersten quickly realize that their opponents are smarter and more agile than any they have ever faced. Extremely clever and seemingly invisible, they are able to exploit any security weakness and anticipate Fisk’s every move. And time is running out.


When I heard Dick Wolf was making his literary debut I was beyond excited. The Intercept sounded right up my alley and the moment I saw it available to request I jumped at the chance. But, like all good things sometimes they don't live up to the expectations we set up for ourselves.

The Intercept is a classic thriller filled with plenty of action, solid believable plot line and Villains who let's face it everyone across the board can hate equally. Why then did it just feel flat to me? Maybe it was the lead character Jeremy Fisk who failed to impress or possibly because the book was a bit to technical for its own good. Whatever the reason I was left deflated midway through. This was not what I expected at all. In fact this book took me days to finish something I never thought would happen when I started.

Now I know I sound like I didn't really like this book but trust me that isn't the case. The terrorists were really fleshed out and I think great detail was put into Islamic terror cells and the principles they believe in. I also felt that the main story featuring the thwarted attack was interesting and how we as a society will seize any opportunity even a potential terrorist attack to bring in ratings and make money. Those points kept me moving along in the story even if I never really felt attachment to any of the characters.

The saving grace of the whole book was the end. The Last 30 or so pages had me enthralled and gripping my seat in anticipation. I never saw the twist coming and that alone makes me see the potential in future writings by this Author. Unfortunately though it was to little to late and that is why I will be rating The Intercept ★★★. Would I recommend you read it? Yes, but, I'd wait and borrow from the library first before purchasing.

*I received this book to review through Edelweiss. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for providing them.


  1. Just read the review on Intercept. While the book sounds like a good read, I think I'll wait to read it until it's either free/or at the library.


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