As the infrastructure of the Soviet Union crumbles before the world's eyes, twenty thousand tactical nuclear weapons, once under the command of the Soviet military, are up for grabs - and US intelligence believes they may soon appear on the open market. Jake Grafton is despatched to Moscow to ensure that the weapons are destroyed before they ...
As the infrastructure of the Soviet Union crumbles before the world's eyes, twenty thousand tactical nuclear weapons, once under the command of the Soviet military, are up for grabs - and US intelligence believes they may soon appear on the open market. Jake Grafton is despatched to Moscow to ensure that the weapons are destroyed before they disappear into a terrorist pipeline. But Grafton discovers that unidentified American officials want his mission to fail - and will go to any lengths to stop him. Meanwhile, off the coast of the Canary Islands, the body of a British billionaire has been found floating in the sea. Grafton's contacts tell him the man was a victim of a hit squad from within the CIA. And before long, Grafton realises he too has been targeted for assassination - and the conspiracy is clearly stamped 'made in America'...
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Publishers Weekly, 1993-04-12 Coonts's latest Jake Grafton ( Under Siege ) espionage thriller takes on the most critical issues in global politics and turns them into first-rate adventure fiction. Now a rear admiral and deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Grafton learns from a Mossad hitwoman that Jewish media kingpin Nigel Keren was the victim of a complicated poisoning engineered by the CIA. Grafton and ``Toad'' Tarkington, his trusted sidekick, are threatened with similar poisoning and, just as they are dispatched to Moscow to oversee the dismantling of the Russian nuclear arsenal, they discover bugs in the DIA offices. Thus begins a dizzyingly complex adventure of apocalyptic importance, staged on three continents, filled with convincingly fictionalized portraiture (there are characters based on Robert Maxwell and Colin Powell; Saddam Hussein himself plays a pivotal role). The issues Coonts confronts--the frighteningly unprotected and undermaintained nuclear devices in the former Soviet Union; factionalism in the U.S. intelligence community; unrest in the Middle East--make this one of the most compelling post- glasnost thrillers to date. BOMC selection; major ad/promo; author tour. (June)
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