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The Last Line: A Novel Hardcover – June 4, 2013

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Shaffer combines more than 25 years of experience in the intelligence community with a background in the military, and the authenticity shows in his first novel, written with the prolific genre-veteran Keith. Anarchy reigns in Los Angeles as riots and terrorist attacks frighten the population. Al-Qaeda, despite the assumptions of many, is not responsible; the real enemy is Iran, working in secret with a Mexican cartel and a traitor in the U.S. government. Defense Intelligence Agency operative Chris Teller only has a few days to save the country and stop the bloodshed. With just one book, Shaffer and Keith have added another must-follow hero for fans of covert-ops thrillers by Dalton Fury, Vince Flynn, and Brad Taylor. Teller can be a bit of a callous jerk at times, but what he lacks in subtlety, he more than makes up for in a kind of Jack Reacher instinct for taking the right action at the right time. --Jeff Ayers

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“Chillingly authentic...a riveting tale only a true insider could tell...cunningly plotted and richly detailed with off-the-books tradecraft, this will be the go-to novel for intelligence professionals and special operators: a noteworthy debut!” ―RALPH PETERS, Fox News Strategic Analyst and author of Cain at Gettysburg

“Captain Chris Teller is a skilled and experienced intelligence professional who doesn't always follow the rules. But he may be our best chance of stopping a bunch of bad guys so vicious they make Al Qaeda look good. Shaffer is a professional who understands how the military and intelligence agencies work - and sometimes don't work. What they do and how they do it is an important part of this great story.” ―LARRY BOND

“Shaffer combines more than 25 years of experience in the intelligence community with a background in the military, and the authenticity shows in his first novel. … With just one book, Shaffer and Keith have added another must-follow hero for fans of covert-ops thrillers by Dalton Fury, Vince Flynn, and Brad Taylor. Teller can be a bit of a callous jerk at times, but what he lacks in subtlety, he more than makes up for in a kind of Jack Reacher instinct for taking the right action at the right time.” ―Booklist

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1st Printing edition (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250007755
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250007759
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,098,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By USN Chief, Ret..VT Town TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 5, 2013
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This book has non-stop action by US covert intelligence in Mexico, drug warring cartels with human trafficking, Iranian involvement with Operation Shah Mat, DC political "CYA" types, riots in LA ("Viva Aztlan"), and a Russian Class K sub off the Eastern US coastline.

OH, did I forget to mention there are two unaccounted for nuclear bombs? They have the capability to kill tens of thousands with their 3 - 5 kilotons of power.

Operation Shah Mat is led by Saeed Reyshahri, a Persian operative. This Op has two objectives with the first being to encourage independent movement in the SW US. The second objective will make you take a deep breath or two. Just wait until you find out the person he is working with in the US!!

Naturally, a "smoke screen" was lit to throw attention in the opposite direction. Suffice it to say that it almost worked..

Mind boggling to me was the phone virus that spread peer-to-peer with Cellmap. Ultimately, this ended up tagging over one billion phones. Amazing, to even think about technology that advanced...

A superb analysis of the lack of cooperation between the fifteen different services of the US Intelligence Agency. The CIA just doesn't like to play with any of them.

The book also illustrates the immensity of the drug trafficking between Mexico and the US. (In twelve years, Los Zetas Sinaloa Cartel has moved 250 tons of cocaine into the US).

A superb novel that captured my attention from page one. Thought provocative and interesting factual background information.
The National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 was mentioned. (In brief, "gives the US military and other agencies the power to arrest anyone, anywhere, including American citizens and to hold them indefinitely without access to an attorney or to trial by jury".

Most highly recommended!
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I loved the real world scenarios of a number of international players conspiring to Remove the Southwest US into a new Spanish speaking Republic. This event was a smokescreen for the real objective. Moneyed men getting even more money. The Players are varied as Islamic Republican Guard members transporting and Detonating 2 Suitcase Nuclear devices, The heroes are Mavrick DIA agents who stumble upon the plot when planting a cell phone virus in Mexico to flesh out the distribution network of all the cartels. This frightening scenario is quite realistic and could be taken from today's headlines. There is much violence in the pages. It shows were are living in a very brutal world. The good guys devices used in tracking these suitcase nukes is cutting edge science. The high stakes and Race against the clock is very suspenseful. It is a must read for those who love international political thrillers.
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I am reading this outloud to my husband before we go to sleep. He loves action flicks, solidier of fortune magazine, and he's having nightmares from listening! Lol! Not even Clancy did that....
It's well written, well paced, and chock full of real information.
Buy it and read it!
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The author clearly defines a major problem facing our country, unsecured borders, drug trafficking and the corruption from the enormous amounts of drug money. He also points out how unwilling we are to deal with the problem.
He identifies the problem and blends it into a interesting story. Worth reading.
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This was a fun read. The prose was occasionally a bit stilted, the characterization sometimes a bit cliche per the genre, but the action and plot outshine any shortcomings. My favorite elements were the detailed descriptions of the different technologies in place, how they were developed, and the different types of weapons, as well as short historical explanations of true events and how they play into this story. It's quite plain that Shaffer has a lot of experience as a special operator and knows the world of clandestine service intimately. The plot is highly disconcerting, particularly in the geopolitical climate of bulls**t we often must deal with today. The only plot hole that stood out pertains to a character's suicide. I didn't understand it, nor did it seem necessary. I may have missed something along the way, but I put it on the back burner as I read, waiting for it all to tie in, and while it was mentioned later on and the character's service was acknowledged, I never did come to believe it was necessary, particularly from a person of that rank, calibre, etc. It's a small point either way. Thank you for your service, Mr. Shaffer. And thank you for a wonderful, entertaining, exciting read.
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I thought it was a thoroughly engrossing story. In light of current events, not that far fetched. It portrayed characters in line with today's perception of politicians and issues introduced such as ceding back most of the American southwest to Mexico are not that far fetched. The story was easy to follow even though it was complicated. Technologies identified, while not in mainstream public knowledge, seemed logical and appears to be somewhat known to the author.
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I didn't finish it. I've seen Anthony Shaffer on Fox News and I respect him very much as a contributor. I've bought quite a few books about the military: Lone Survivor, American Sniper, No Easy Day, Bury Us Upside Down and more. But I couldn't stay with it. I donated it to DAV.
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