Neopolitan Mark Antony Andersen
This is not a book about terrorism; the purpose of terrorism is to scare people into action, or inaction to further the cause of the terrorist. In the scenario played out in ANGLE IRON, the plan is not to scare, but to collapse, with no hope of repairing the system to its former state. The target is not the well protected, ultra secure hydroelectric dams and thermal generating plants, but the vulnerable, spindly-legged transmission towers and isolated substations the system depends on that we drive by every day and would never give a second thought—unless one reads the book. The story evolves into an act of industrial sabotage of the magnitude the world has never experienced. It marches America right up to the very gates of hell and leaves her there to fend for her own survival. One disturbing aspect of the book is that the destruction is largely accomplished with materials that many people already have in their garage or attic, and can be used effectively with no prior skill or training. Unexpectedly, the perpetrator is not some shadowy, underworld figure. It is a persona all of us are familiar with which sets off the unstoppable chain reaction.
The story begins with a parable about two brothers in the Pleistocene, around 24,000 years ago. The passage demonstrates the vulnerability of the most complex, advanced industrial system to an assault by the most primitive means and intentions. The story takes you on a journey through the life of the main character, who is somewhat extreme compared to anyone whom you may know, but generally exhibits a stable mind and hard-core traditional values. He is a rule breaker, for sure, but not one thought likely to alter the course of human destiny. That is, of course, until he decides to commit all his mental and physical resources into a plan that is so well laid out, it is impossible to stop once initiated, even for himself.
Why does he send the continent into a state of social and political chaos? The reason is not a selfish one. It is not for revenge, or hate, or sadistic pleasure. He believes that only a drastic shock to the system will effect the changes that are required. Treating the disease early will help insure quality of life and survival in the future. The disease was the federal government and everybody knew it, but nobody could do anything about it—until now.