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Product Details

  • Series: Lieutenant Rollie Waters
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; First Edition edition (August 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052595323X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525953234
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,732,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

An elite covert group known as SHADE (Shared Defense Executive), which was set up by the U.S. military, recruits Marine Lt. Rollie Waters in Rich's disjointed sequel to 2012's Caravan of Thieves. As part of a mission to determine which graves of American soldiers contain cash taken from Saddam Hussein's cache during the second Iraq War and who's behind the scheme, Rollie assumes the identity of a wealthy investment banker, Robert Hewitt. The assignment takes Rollie from Houston to Erbil, Iraq, and tangles him in a net of betrayal, including a kidnapping plot involving the daughter of the self-proclaimed king of Kurdistan. Rollie's frequent flashbacks to his childhood and his time fighting in Afghanistan drag down the plot, as do his imagined conversations with his dead father, Dan Waters—a con man killed because he was suspected of trying to steal the same cache of millions that Rollie seeks. Not even a surprise action-packed ending elevates this muddled adventure. Agent: Kimberly Witherspoon, Inkwell management. (Aug.)

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Marine Lieutenant Rollie Waters is part of a covert military intelligence unit charged with recovering millions of dollars looted from Saddam Hussein’s Iraq by Waters’ con-man father, Dan (Caravan of Thieves, 2012). As usual, Rollie is ambivalent, sometimes longing for clear marine orders like “hold this ground” but admitting to himself that he’s become a “confirmed citizen of the fog” of espionage. Memories of his now-deceased, ne’er-do-well father provide him with gnomic advice about getting through the fog as he homes in on the self-proclaimed King of Kurdistan, whom Rollie hopes will lead him to the “puppetmaster.” Rollie moves from remote northeastern Montana to Houston’s swamp-of-oil wheeler dealers and on to edgy Erbil, Iraq. The danger ramps up steadily, and, of course, there’s a beautiful, mysterious woman involved, as well as action, dead bodies, tribal enmities, and blood politics. It all adds up to a fog of menace, and the nimble Rich keeps the reader guessing. --Thomas Gaughan

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Savino on September 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
David Rich brings back not only Rollie Waters, the hero of his first novel, Caravan of Thieves, but also Rollie's dad, despite the inconvenient fact that he died no later than the first quarter of the previous book. Their father-son relationship is enough reason to read this book, especially if you lost your own father and find that he remains a consistent influence in your life. On that front, the novel has some real depth. But it never bogs down under what could have been a big weight.

The plot is terrific, the narrator wise and snarky and the book is a lot of fun. You may not discover fake mysteries or hidden messages in art and architecture, like other recent novels, but if you like Elmore Leonard, Randy Wayne Wright or other masters of this genre, you will find Rich a good writer and Rollie an engaging guide through his specialized world of espionage. It's a good read--especially if you like a major snub of a major snob.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WilliamS on October 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
In his follow-up to Caravan of Thieves, David Rich has propelled Rollie Waters to new heights of suspense and adventure. In the first book, Rich killed off Dan,Rollie's Buccaneer of a father. When I learned that Rich was coming out with a sequel, I was weary because I thought the story would be diminished without the presence of Dan. I am pleased to report that Dan is back. He appears in the new book as a voice from beyond and supplies a fine sounding board for Rollie's exploits. The new book provides a spirited psychological dance between Rollie and Dan, as well as a terrific global romp with stops in places like Kurdistan, Iraq, Afghnistan, and the US. If you liked the first book, you will be hooked by Middle Man from the first paragraph to the mesmerizing ending, leaving us begging for more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By StellaRondo on December 26, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The characters are compelling, drawing the reader in to join them in their lives. I have enjoyed both of Riches novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jackie on October 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a sequel to Caravan of Thieves and I recommend BOTH as great holiday gifts. I am ordering more today ! The characters, plot and writing are a lot of fun. It's quick paced action and adventure and a quick read too. I couldn't put it down.Hope that there will be another sequel !
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More About the Author

David Rich is the author of two Lieutenant Rollie Waters novels: Caravan of Thieves and Middle Man. He wrote the feature film, Renegades, starring Kiefer Sutherland and Lou Diamond Philips, as well as episodes of MacGyver and other shows. David wrote three plays: The Interview, The Rescue, and W.A.R. (Women's Armed Resistance).

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