Probably the best thing about Chuck Holton is the experience he has that fuels his writing. He has captured the scene of the War on Terror like no other author has. And he has an excellent writing style.
The plot of Allah's Fire follows an ambassador and a soldier in Lebanon as their paths cross. She is searching for her lost sister, he is just doing his job as the perfect male lead. But chasing both of them is a group of Muslim terrorists with a dangerous new weapon.
The biggest problem with the story is its impossible scenario. There's no other way he could have ended it and still be sane. The other problem is the bad characters. Typical storyline with a troubled female lead being protected by a perfect male lead. It probably would have been much better if the two of them hadn't gotten together at the end.
All in all, it's good for a debut novel and worth your time.