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Even the woman Perry loves and the young boy they've been raising together don't know that Frank is not the man they thought he was--in fact, he isn't even Frank Perry. Now Iran's search has led the assassin, code-named the Anvil, right to Perry's hiding place, but Frank has drawn a line in the sand, refusing to be frightened into leaving the home and family he's created under an assumed identity. Instead he'll face the Anvil on his own ground. But when the community turns against him, fearing for its own safety, he's more alone than he's ever been. The more they hound him to leave, the more adamant he becomes, despite the increasing danger. The secret service and special forces are supposed to be ensuring his safety, but it seems more like they are staking a goat to lure a predator into a trap than protecting a valuable asset who crippled a rogue nation's terrorist arsenal.
Seymour excels not only in pacing and plotting but also in characterization. Perry is exceptionally well developed, but so is the junior intelligence officer assigned to his case who is wrestling with his own patriotic impulses and the equally compelling allure of a more conventional and remunerative life outside the espionage community. This is a riveting, character-driven story that engages the reader from start to finish. --Jane Adams
I really enjoy reading these thrillers by Gerald Seymour. He always manages to deliver a tautly woven, well plotted story. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Cphe
Seymour never fails with his detailed, sophisticated, multilayered novels. He is the best incremental storyteller in his field. Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by Kamiyahagi
The basic plot here is quite straight forward. Frank Perry was engaged in espionage in Iran and as a result of his activities the Iranians want him dead. Read morePublished on September 2, 2011 by Brett H
Gerald Seymour is a suspense novelist of the highest order, and what's more a truly unusual writer. The only other suspense/espionage writer I know who's killed off protagonists or... Read morePublished on November 3, 2006 by David W. Nicholas
I'm not much for reading thrillers, but my husband loves them, and he kept nagging me to read this one. Read morePublished on May 1, 2005 by Shimmertje
The West's current struggle with fundamentalist Islamic terrorists makes A LINE IN THE SAND all the more topical even though it's fiction. Read morePublished on December 5, 2001 by Mr. Joe
I tried. I really, really tried, but I simply could NOT get into this book.
I usually give a novel one chapter to draw me in, but because of all the good reviews this book... Read more
I first came upon Gerald Seymour more than 20 years ago. I really liked his writing then. It is nice to see that he just keeps getting better.Published on October 9, 2000 by archer