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Choice of Enemies: A Nathan Monsarrat Thriller by [Richards, M A]
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A true labor of love, CHOICE OF ENEMIES grew from my 24(+) years as a Cultural Attaché with the Department of State. During my years as a diplomat, I spent much time in Africa and worked in many countries, including Nigeria, South Africa, and Namibia. My first-hand experiences and adventures (and misadventures) were a petri dish for incubating the story. I'd like to say the novel sprung entire and polished from my head, like Athena springing fully armored from the forehead of Zeus, but all that the birth of CHOICE OF ENEMIES had in common with that particular piece of mythology was the feeling of an axe cleaving my brain. First novels are notoriously difficult to bring to fruition, and this one took eighteen months to write, but like any difficult child who survived a tough start, I am very proud of the book and its hero, Nathan Monsarrat. He's a good man, steady, dependable, and smart, but not without neuroses. Still, if I had to go into a dark alley at night in one of the planet's nastier shitholes to meet a scumbag like Felix Sanhedrin (Monsarrat's bête noire), I would want Nathan on my six.

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A tale of greed, betrayal, and vengeance, CHOICE OF ENEMIES is the first in a series of espionage novels featuring Nathan Monsarrat, a retired Central Intelligence Agency operative with an extensive knowledge of black gold and expertise in weapons, women, and Benjamins. 
 
Light sweet crude is the mother's milk of the Niger Delta. As the price for each barrel of oil rises on the international markets and the stakes for securing the black gold increase, a consortium of American oil companies and the Central Intelligence Agency plot to secure the flow of the crude. In Africa, though, plans unravel as quickly as cheap socks, and promises between partners have the lifespan of a mayfly.
 
Nathan, now a Dean at a small college in Massachusetts, is visited by his former mentor at the Agency, who offers him a blunt choice: either travel to the Dark Continent to lay the groundwork for the coup d'état, or condemn the woman who saved his life to a brutal execution. Out of options, he returns to Africa, where he discovers that the Agency plans to reward his services with an oil-soaked grave.  
 
Assisted by a coterie of new and old allies, including a beautiful vor with a thirst for power and a yeshiva bocher with a fondness for Armani suits, as well as his own sharp intelligence, considerable wit, and substantial charm, Nathan parries the Agency, circumvents the consortium, and exacts his own vengeance. In doing so, he learns that his choice of friends is as important as his choice of enemies.

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  • File Size: 687 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1620066629
  • Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc. (January 7, 2016)
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01AC9U5AS
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From the moment I started to read, I was mesmerized by this book.It is written well and fast-paced. I finished it in less than 48 hours. Our hero, Nathan, is written as a well- rounded former spy, who is comfortably entrenched in his new life, when he is pulled back into his old life. His former boss, Felix, is a devious slime bag,who is ruthless and without conscious....a perfect foil for Nathan.
I would highly recommend this book,as it kept my interest from the start, is well - written, and I felt sad that it ended, but I am looking forward to Richards' second novel.
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A good first effort from a new author. The action reminds me of the The Rogue Warrior series but with the added twist of betrayal from Monsarrat's former CIA employer. Book is full of geographical descriptions that could only come from someone who has actually been there and gives added realism to the story telling. Once I started the book I kept turning the pages to find out what happens next. I look forward to the next addition in the series.
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Title: Surprising (as in pleasantly)

Not your run of the mill thriller. This one actually is an upscale read that respects its reader while still having an understandable plot. It does not feel like it's been "well researched," it feels like the author has been there (from the Berkshires to the Gulf to Moscow to Witputz). One gets the picture early on when the main character Monsarrat is introduced. Not "Rocky Armstong" or "Duke Nucum" but an honest to God name. It's about "men like us ...who have allegiances not friendships." It's bad guys are awesome - " the four stooges" (Russian thugs), Masha the eviliest woman this side of the Pecos and side characters such as the "telephone pixies."

The yarn begins with the main characters plans "unraveling like a pair of cheap socks" (is there a pun in here somewhere) and quickly picks of speed when "suspicions became a substitutes for proofs" and events blossom across continents. (The Delta isn't the US and the Gulf isn't Mexico.) There is a passing unexplained reference to the Russian aphorism about dining with the devil and refs to other events that show the writing is for above the average reader. Refreshing.

I highly recommend this book and this author. Understand he has another novel on the way.
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An oil rig off the coast of Africa, pirates, a couple of rebels named Innocence and Blessed, and the worst prison any real or fictional person could ever imagine. This is the way M. A. Richards introduces us to Nathan Monsarrat, a top CIA operative, and his protagonist in Choice Of Enemies.

Richards gets right down into the dirt from the first page. Nathan Monsarrat endures months of horrid conditions and treatment in an African prison, barely cheating death with the help of a kind Filipina nurse. He is finally rescued by his CIA boss, Felix Sanhedrin, but not without a steep cost. He’s had enough of the Agency. Nathan leaves Felix and the Mandarins (who rule the Agency) pulling his strings, and buries his guilt in the classroom of a small New England college.

As much as Nathan tries to break ties with his old employer, he is continually tempted with large sums of money which leads to ever more dangerous assignments. Reluctantly, he takes on one last assignment and returns to Africa, unaware he is walking into a showdown between himself, a beautiful and powerful Russian woman, and the one man whom he holds responsible for all the pain and guilt in his life.

M. A. Richards does an exceptional job navigating the reader down the secret paths of the CIA, and the dark underworld we only catch glimpses of in the newspapers. You can tell he knows what he's talking about. This is a thrilling first novel for Richards, and Nathan Monsarrat is a character who could easily stand beside Bryan Mills or John Reese. I’m eagerly looking forward to the next installment of this new series.
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I had never heard of M.A. Richards beforeI got the chance to read this book. I am happy I got the chance to read something from a new author and this book is very good and interesting with a very well developed story. The story drags you in and it is easy to follow the story and what is happening in the book.

Even if the book is good, I have a feeling that something is missing and I have been thinking about it for a few days and I think what I miss in the story is that little extra that you get from authors who has written a few books. What this book is missing is what a lot of first time books are missing and it that experience and that the author dare to do stuff with the material. This is not always something bad, and I dont say it is a big problem in this case but I do miss it in this book when I am reading it.

I can say that I have big hopes for M.A. Richards as an author and for future novels and crime books. This story makes it clear that more is to come and I think that M.A. Richards is an author who has the potential to be big with a little experience.

I can recommend this book because it is well written with a well developed story. I enjoyed every second I was reading the book and I do not regret reading it and I cant wait for more from M.A. Richards in the future!
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