Although entirely a work of fiction, ‘Collision of Evil’ nonetheless deals with the very real, and very deadly threat of contemporary international terrorism. As a former CIA Clandestine Service case officer and a current professor of terrorism studies at the
I decided to tell part of the story from the vantage point of a terrorist cell leader located in
Basically, I tried to convey the terrorist attitude in ‘Collision of Evil’ through the device of having some chapters told from the terrorist narrative perspective. I thought that having the terrorists speak in their own words would be a chilling way to bring home to the reader how foreign these people really are to any refined civilization. One chapter of the book is a dream sequence, or perhaps a vision sequence, which I employed to illustrate the topsy-turvy moral world of the terrorist – where doing what is wrong is perceived as being right, and what is right is regarded as wrong. Again, I wanted to convey this sense of the appalling dimension of terrorism in a terse way, and without belaboring the point or holding up the dynamics of the storyline. Ultimately, the book needs to be seen as a fictional vehicle of entertainment but, I hope, while providing some modest sense of one of the major threats facing the world today, a threat that recognizes no geographical borders.
About the Author:
Dr. Le Beau is a former Senior Operations Officer who retired from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 2005. Most of his intelligence operations career was spent on assignment outside of the United States, including in locations experiencing active terrorism. His intelligence duties included assignments as chief of an operational facility in Europe engaged in counter-terrorist and counter-proliferation operations and intelligence collection, Program Manager of a human and technical collection program involving the Middle East, Operational Chief for an intelligence collection program directed at transnational issues and a counter-insurgency officer in an active conflict area.
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