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From the acclaimed author of Cuba Strait and the nonfiction Deadly Force, soon to be a Jerry Bruckheimer film, comes a brutal and compelling spy story that reflects the shifting international alliances that are shaking our globe right now. Captain Cole Langan's unit is sent into the jungle of Mindanao to fix a malfunctioning surveillance monitor - and directly into a trap set by an elusive Al Qaeda leader.
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Carsten Stroud has served in the US military, worked as a salvage diver and undercover operative infiltrating biker gangs, and a journalist. He lives in the United States.From Publishers Weekly:
Betrayal among friends and enemies is the tie that binds in Stroud's latest standout novel of terrorism and international intrigue. When Sen. Drew Langan is given a classified tip that al-Qaeda is planning a bombing in Iligan City, the Philippines, where the United Nations is conducting a peacekeeping mission, he dismisses the communication as having little to do with him. Back at home, a little late-night Web surfing and an attempt on his life convinces Drew that maybe he should be paying more attention. At the same time, his estranged son, Cole, is embarking on a covert CIA mission just north of Iligan City. Cole is under no illusions as to the nature of the conflict he's stepping into: "What was actually happening here was obvious to anyone with a functioning cortex: Iligan City was the yawning iron gate of yet another United Nations feel-good rat-fuck fiasco, a doomed-from-the-get-go cub-scout jamboree that was slowly but inexorably sinking into the blood-drenched malarial swamps of Southeast Asia." Stroud (Close Pursuit; Cuba Strait; etc.) switches between Drew's investigation and Cole's jungle adventure, heightening the tension as the two men fight for their lives on two very different battlefields. The military scenes in the jungle are superb and the stateside political intrigue suspenseful and absolutely believable. The prose is sharp, funny, exciting and bloody. This is a solid, top-shelf performance from a quality writer who never fails to deliver.
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Book Description Thorndike Press, 2004. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0786267968