Dereliction of Duty
By Jon Renaud
Foxx Group Publishing
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 5 stars
This novel, which follows Special Agent Thomas Fox of the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigation Unit, known as CID, has enough parallels to recent news stories to be a compelling and realistic page-turner.
The CID began during the Vietnam War to conduct criminal investigations for the U.S. Army and the Department of Defense. CID’s mission expanded to include Defense Logistic Security, protection of senior defense personnel and more currently, conduction of Anti-Terrorism Operations.
Fox receives the Bronze Star for his exceptionally meritorious service as Special Agent In Charge in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After the ceremony, Colonel Coach covertly recruits Fox for a Counter Terrorism Task Force to take the fight to the terrorists. For security reasons Fox’s assignment is so deeply classified, only his senior partner, Special Agent Scott Cummings, knows the missions and operations assigned to Fox.
“Do What Has To Be Done,” the motto of the CID, is the code of Fox’s life in following orders, but when things go wrong and it’s Fox who is set up to take the fall, Fox continues to follow the motto to take down those high in government who are responsible.
Renaud’s well-written story submerges the reader into Fox’s life, making the reader not want to end the relationship. Fortunately, at the end of this compelling novel, there is announcement of the 2011 release of Return To Duty, its sequel.
Special Note: The author, Jon Renaud, a retired Chief Warrant Officer and CID Special Agent after serving for twenty years in the U.S. Army, is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Dereliction of Duty to the Wounded Warrior Project. www.woundedwarriorproject.org