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- Print Length: 27 pages
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- Publication Date: March 9, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BRZ6TEI
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Harry Nichols works for the CIA as an assassin of terrorists. And in this remarkable short story by thriller writer Stephen England, Harry confronts the heartbreaking reality of Nietzsche's words.
Harry is on a sniper mission with a small team to take out a ruthless al Qaeda operative hiding in Paraguay. Like so many clandestine soldiers in the euphemistically labeled "War on Terror," they are operating on dangerous turf, without nearby backup, in constant fear of discovery, capture, or death.
But these hard men are trained for that. They are also trained to dehumanize their "targets." What no one can train them for, however, is the emotional weight they must bear when their bloody missions result in "collateral damage" to innocents.
Not if they are men of decency and conscience, like Harry Nichols.
This is a stunning short story of a counterterrorism "op" gone wrong. Somehow, in a scant twenty pages or so, Stephen England manages to pack nerve-wracking suspense, high-octane violence, and scores of you-are-there details that realistically evoke today's military and CIA operations against Islamist terrorists.
Yet surpassing all this is England's poignant portrait of the personal costs this war imposes on the good and brave men we recruit to fight it.
This is a brilliant tale by a very young author who writes with astonishing maturity, knowledge, and sensitivity -- as he's already demonstrated in his extraordinary debut thriller "Pandora's Grave: Shadow Warriors Series." You'll rush to buy that novel and all his future works after you sample this masterful story, which will haunt you long after you've read its final paragraph.
2014 - Let me just say I read this book once already when it was combined in a short story anthology "Uncommon Assassin's" I have re-read the book and wanted to give it a new review. I first learned of Harry Nichols and his clandestine team when I read Pandora's Grave so when I learned of this book you can bet your bottom dollar I ran right to Amazon to get it. And I am glad I did. I also like the way Stephen takes terms like visual identification and turns it into the codes that are used throughout the story i.e. "VISDENT" always making sure you know before hand what the word is so you can flow through the story without wondering what the heck that means. It really makes the story that much more real.
I really love how Stephen engages you with his characters, describing not only what they look like but really pulling you into the moment, what they are seeing, feeling, what they are going through at that very moment. There is no shortage of action in this book and as always no shortage of deception.
Harry and his team always seem to be in impossible, life threatening situations and this story is no different. They are in Paraguay to take out a top Al Qaeda leader. There is tension within the team and you can feel it, you can sense the danger and urgency when the mission doesn't go off as they had planned. Harry and his team are on the run for their lives. They have to separate and make it out alive on their own. As they are heading out a change in plans and Harry has just moments to make a decision.
Firefights, breath taking moments, edge of your seat, oh trust me when I say I was grabbing at my heart a few times. Wanting to say watch out - over there - no no run. LOL Stephen's writing drags you right into the depths of the action with Harry and his team.
Nightshade is in a word "tight." In a bunch of other words, it's a fast-paced blood pressure raiser that puts you into the tense world of spies and special agents waiting for their moment to act. And then they act. And you reach for your blood pressure meds. And then you finish the story and start waiting for a movie version to be made. But do yourselves a favor and don't wait. Who knows when Hollywood will get around to making this into a film. They are a fickle bunch. Better to just download this now and get your fix while you can. And then resign yourself to having to go download Pandora's Grave. Like I said, when it comes to Stephen England's Shadow Warriors stories, you just can't eat one.