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Seven Days From Sunday (An MP-5 CIA Series Thriller Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

M.H. Sargent
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Book Description

In this fast paced thriller, Iraq’s top terrorist makes two promises – a kidnapped American contractor will be executed on a given date, his body dumped in Baghdad’s Green Zone and a major attack will occur in seven days.

Working desperately to find the American and thwart the impending attack is an elite 4-man CIA team which includes an attractive female doctor. But they can only watch helplessly as the terrorist and his masked henchmen behead the American during a live video feed carried on the Internet.

What they don’t know is that one of the masked men is not a terrorist, but completely innocent. He is an Iraqi pharmacist who has infiltrated the group. His only objective – to find his missing fiancée, who the terrorist has also kidnapped.

After the beheading, he is free to go. But little does he know that his fiancée will bring the deceased American's head to the Green Zone, and inside the dead man's mouth is evidence linking him to the terrorist.

This is the first novel in the popular MP-5 CIA series by M.H. Sargent.

Editorial Reviews


M.H. Sargent does a masterful job in his novel Seven Days from Sunday.  The scenes are described in such a way that draws the reader into the story.  I felt I was in Iraq along with the characters as they struggled with each obstacle set before them.

I normally don't read military stories even fictional ones but this book was surprisingly entertaining and extremely hard to put down.  I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone that likes a good suspense novel. ~ Joe's Book Reviews


From the Inside Flap

CIA Station Somewhere in Kuwait - Wednesday, April 12th, 7:41p.m.
        "I'm sure he was a DUCK," Gonz said as they made their way through the different corridors. Dr. McKay couldn't help but peek into the various offices as they passed by. She saw people working on computers, talking on phones, and several talking amicably at a small table in the modest cafeteria. This could be any work place in America, McKay thought.
        She had been surprised when the Gulfstream V had landed on a runway that seemed to her to be placed in the middle of nowhere - the middle of an uninhabited desert. There were no structures to be seen anywhere. The plane had taxied for some time, then stopped. When the door opened, a Humvee sat nearby waiting for them.
        The Humvee had driven a few miles along a sandy track before coming to a gleaming white single-story structure with darkly tinted windows. With no roads leading to it, only the sandy track, it looked as if it had been picked up from a commercial tract in a U.S. suburb and plunked down in the middle of the desert. While she had been surprised that they hadn't landed in Kuwait City or even Hawalli, she wasn't surprised that the CIA had a secret base in Kuwait. After all, the Kuwaitis were still thankful to the U.S. for their intervention in the first Gulf War.
         "Walks like a DUCK, smells like a DUCK, it probably is a DUCK," Gonz said with a grimace. "But we need to know."
         McKay nodded. "DUCK" was the acronym for "Dead Upon Kidnapping." Since the term was pronounced like the mallard, everyone was soon spelling it that way too. It simply meant that a civilian was as good as dead as soon as he or she was kidnapped. This was almost always the case if the civilian was an American. A few European and Japanese civilians had been kidnapped in Iraq, but they were usually quickly ransomed for big money. Those few lucky souls were referred to as "KFC," not a reference to Kentucky Fried Chicken, but "Kidnapped For Cash."

Product Details

  • File Size: 789 KB
  • Print Length: 313 pages
  • Publisher: Salt Castle Publications (January 18, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00359FHZ6
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157 of 160 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An independent work that should be on a top 10 list June 16, 2010
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I'm reading my third M.H. Sargent book is as many days and not getting much sleep. Seven Days from Sunday and the other two works from this independent author are all well crafted, have memorable characters and many twist in plot to keep your attention. Like a Grisham novel, Sargent sets the hook early and weaves a story that keeps you turning pages until late in the night. Centered around the Iraq war, the context is fresh with lots of action and intrigue. The author does an excellent job of developing his characters, each with distinct personalities that are consistent in each book. While most modern fiction has a central theme of sex,corruption and ample profanity, it's refreshing to find a good clean read.
Grisham was an unknown when "A Time to Kill" was published. I suggest M.H. Sargent falls in the same category. Only marketing and name recognition stand in the way of this author's works on the NYT best seller list.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Wait for Another Book March 12, 2010
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Fast paced thriller that I just couldn't put down. It was believable and the characters were well rounded. Highly recommend this book. I can't wait for another book with these characters or another Sargent book.
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60 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic & Exciting March 29, 2010
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What an exciting read this was. I enjoyed the character development in this well edited & formatted book. To me, a sign of a good book is how fast I rushed through it, the faster I read, the more exciting and interesting it is. I finished this one in record time. Thank you for a well-crafted read.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd recommend it! February 12, 2010
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This is a wonderful thriller. The characters, both the Americans and the Iraq characters are memorable. The pace is sharp and keeps going. Hard to put it down. I kept wanting to read just a little bit more. Very well done. The author, Sargent, he did a very great job of keeping my interest whether it was what was going on with the Iraqi people, or Americans. Very good.
My 16 year old daughter just read this and loved it. Fun to share a good book with your kid.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seven Days from Sunday is worth reading! March 23, 2010
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I don't even remember how I found this book, but I'm glad that I did. Always happy to find a new author and see what they have to offer. M.H. Sargent writes crisply, with well-defined characters. The story moved quickly, and held my interest from start to finish. I also loved the fact that each chapter was broken down into short segments, which is great for someone - like myself - who regularly grabs reading time in short spurts. Can't wait for then next book by M. H. Sargent!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 99 cents well spent June 5, 2010
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This was a 99 cent Kindle book. It sounded interesting and got good reviews so I thought what can I lose for 99 cents. I lost nothing but found a very good new author. The setting is in Iraq where a Sunni terrorist beheads an American civilian on TV and threatens a major incident "seven days from Sunday." The story obviously revolves around an effort to prevent this, but also around an Iraqi pharmacist and his fiancee, half-sister of the terrorist, who are drawn into the situation against their will. The story is well written, face paced, and never boring. As with many of the 99 cent Kindle books, there are some problems with spelling and grammar but not enough to distract from the story. There were also areas that I thought were probably implausible with the Iraqi culture, but I am no expert. Perhaps if I were, I would have rated it lower because I do like basic accuracy, even in fiction. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading more of Sargent's work.
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33 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Use a fact checker! March 28, 2010
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Or at least have someone that is ex-military proof your books!

1. Army Rangers are NOT based in Ft. Hood Texas.

2. "H" is HOTEL not HENRY.

3. All too many errors such as "listed and unlisted soldiers..." detract immensely from the story!

The writing is good, the story intriguing, but so many of these errors wound the effort!
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of rough edges, fairly basic writing style June 11, 2010
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Seven Days From Sunday by M. H. Sargent (Kindle version as of 6/10/10) has enough rough edges that I stopped reading at 10%. There are some annoying typos in the Kindle version. Also, there are a few grammatical errors. The writing style is fairly basic, probably at a high school or early college level. Furthermore, the content seems to be limited in odd ways. To the point I've read, the characters and plot seem rather flat.

Here are a couple of quotes to illustrate the peculiar style and content.

"He had been on these CIA jets a few times over the years and it never failed to amaze him how fast the luxurious airplane could fly."

"McKay had noticed that the flat machine was connected to an IBM notepad computer by a thin cable."

If these two sentences satisfy you, perhaps you will like the book. I find these and many others to be weak in both style and content. If you consider the subject matter (including some violence) suitable for late teens, or you enjoy reading books with a simple style, I would add an extra star to the rating.
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M.H. Sargent is the author of the popular MP-5 CIA series. Each novel has Sargent's elite CIA team on a mission overseas, from Iraq and Afghanistan to Mexico. When asked about the deciding factor of writing a novel that takes place in Iraq, at a time when Americans were not very enthused about the war and might not want to read a novel set in that country, the author says, "Years ago, I obtained the screen rights to Aimme West's story - her husband had been deployed in the first Gulf War and came home ill. Then she had a child with severe birth defects. She did a lot of research and found that she wasn't alone - many wives were having birth defect children after their husbands returned from the war. Her insistence that something went wrong over there led to Congressional hearings and the revelation that our guys were given experimental vaccines overseas. So, when we went into Iraq the second time, I was really worried about our military. Were they going to face chemical and biological weapons? Were they going to be given experimental drugs? Then I started thinking about the Iraqis. What were they thinking? I imagine like people the world over, when war comes to your door, you worry about your family members first and foremost. Then you worry about your neighbors. Your community. Your country. And mostly, you just want it to end, you want to have peace and quiet. So that started me on the track, how about a novel that shows an Iraqi family? Shows what they are going through? What fears do they live with daily? And their take on the Americans coming in. That was Seven Days From Sunday. Then I just kept writing."

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Helen, I just saw this post. Thanks so much for your kind words. I really appreciate it.

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Hi, I don't know the specifics as I don't have a Kindle here in Japan myself, but Kindle just uses wireless networks, so it shouldn't be a problem. However, note that your friend will have to pay $2 MORE for all titles as he does not live in the States. This $2 is imposed on all titles by Amazon,... Read More
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