- Hardcover: 544 pages
- Publisher: Brown Books Pub Group (December 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0975390767
- ISBN-13: 978-0975390764
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,470,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mission Octagon Hardcover – December 1, 2004
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This is a novel of cold revenge and, if you can stand the suspense, you will be richly rewarded. -- Alan Caruba, Editor, Bookviews.com
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Mission Octagon . . . or . . . Mission Treason?
In England in 1959, a ten-year-old boy is threatened into silence after he inadvertently overhears the code name of a highly classified World War II missionMission Octagon.
From the gang-infested streets of Miami to the killing fields of Vietnam to the corridors of an all-black college in Savannah, Georgia, the secret of Mission Octagon follows Kevin Smith for twenty years. Smitty discovers too late that forces exist which will go to any lengths to protect this secret, including killing the innocent and framing him for murder. Driven by hatred and a desire for revenge, he sets out to kill three men: "The person who did the dirty work, the person who told him to do it, and person who told them where to look."
To destroy this sinister group, Smitty must learn their methods of operation, and use those same sadistic techniques against them. He follows almost-cold trails that yield disjointed cluesclues that others are trying just as desperately to conceal. He journeys on when others think him crazy, the price of admission great personnel sacrifice, and the bill paid in the immeasurable cost of human lives. Slowly, he realizes that the answers he seeks are to be found at the highest levels of the United States Government.
Ultimately, Smitty must choose between carrying out his personal mission of vengeance or abandoning it for a higher righteous cause. And as a result, Smitty will discover the cost of living solely for revenge.
Mission Octagon is the first novel by an exciting new voice in fiction. In the tradition of Stephen Coonts and Harold Coyle, Ken Smith has created a riveting thriller that combines crackling dialogue, gripping military action, and an edge-of-your-seat finale.
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Mission Octagon is to-the-minute current in its blurring of the boundaries between mystery and military espionage, character study and historic thriller. While the novel is sweeping in concept from World War II to gangs in Miami to Viet Nam to racial unrest in Savannah, the intimate perspective of the highly likeable hero keeps the reader personally involved. Buy it. You'll like it. Let's all hope Mr. Smith writes another.
I became so involved with the characters that I had to know what was going to happen next. I could not put the book down and devoured it in a couple of days.
Mission Octagon makes fantastic escapist reading and yet delivers some depth to distinguish it from other thrillers.
A can't put down thriller and great read from beginning to end. If you guess the secret before it's revealed ... you'll be the first.
... If you read one novel this year, make it Mission Octagon ...
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I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for an exciting escape from the daily grind. Enjoy!