In Simmons' and Graham's (The Missing Sixth, 2011, etc.) spy thriller, Jake Conlan is called back undercover.
Conlan's past 50, but he's no less lethal when set to task by his mentor, the mysterious Mr. Elliot. Word is Iran finally has the bomb and means of delivery, and Jake's sent to stop The Twelvers, the messianic Shiite group in power, from using it. After a clandestine SR-71 flight to Paris, Jake is first tasked to clean up a minor mess. A drug dealer has his hooks in a weak-kneed U.S. senator serving on an intelligence committee. Jake plugs that leak with a Mauser pistol. Complications arise when it develops that the dealer had connections with Mujahedim-e Kahlq, an Iranian opposition group financing operations with edge-of-legal activities. Post-Paris action moves to Antwerp for a cinematic chase scene, then to Turkey, where a security breach means someone is an Iranian agent. Undercover ops like Jake need a plethora of tech tools to foil the evildoers plus help from a stalwart general back in D.C. Need to HALO jump (high altitude, low opening) into Iran? The U.S. Air Force routes a black-ops-modified C-17 to a remote airstrip in Turkey. Conlan's primary weapon, however, seems to be his modified iPhone. GPS, encrypted communications, specialized apps--Conlan pulls it out more often than his Walther PPK. Once among the bad guys, Conlan leaves more than one Iranian shot or stabbed while he dodges from peril to peril like a frog hopping across burning lily pads. Under the noses of the mullahs, Conlan is aided by Charlie Amadi, who once skated around U.S. law and is now Iran's premier contraband smuggler. Charlie's beautiful cohort, Jeri, provides muscle as Conlan infiltrates, spies and iPhones-home vital information from Qom and Natanz. No worries. An hours-away three-pronged nuclear strike on Israel and the West promptly falls victim to assorted fighter-bombers and bunker-busters.
Ruthless and remorseless James Bond-ian escapades, sans skirt-chasing intervals, in the name of Western ideals.
WAYNE SIMMONS spent twenty-seven years as part of an Outside Paramilitary Special Operations Group for the CIA. He worked throughout Central and South America, Europe, the Far East, and Central Asia combating terrorism, narco-terrorism and narcotics trafficking, arms smuggling, counterfeiting, cyber-terrorists, and industrial and economic espionage.
MARK GRAHAM is a critically acclaimed author who has been writing and editing professionally since 1988. He has written and published three critically acclaimed full-length novels.
Takes one to this part of the world and educates as well as entertains.Published 7 months ago by stripes and spots
Fiction based on possible or probable fact. Very believable plot and characters. I could not put it down - and this was my second reading!Published 8 months ago by Tom Pence
One of the best books I've read lately. Kept me interested the entire time. A page turner. On the par of Thor and Flynn!Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
Plot was way too busy--too many characters; too much implausible action; too much low-grade action-adventure. Very, very low-brow stuff. Not believable, thoughtful, or provocative.Published 13 months ago by Will OBrien
If you want a book which takes you on a roller coaster ride of one hairy adventure after another in the world of a CIA agent on a dangerous mission then this is your book. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Betsy W. N
This guy has been there. He didn't write fiction, he detailed his real life experiences. He adequately explained his surroundings and situations with a minimum of words. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jim Nightingale
There are times at social settings that it is learned of one that he has served in the country's `dark arts' of intelligence community; no matter how high ranking or how deeply he... Read morePublished 21 months ago by David B. O'Connor