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The author's excuse is that the last Sean Drummond episode didn't sell too well, so he's now writing stand alone books and possibly, in the near future, even co-authoring novels with -- godforbid -- Vince Flynn (see his mediocre American Assassin etc... aggressively boooooring-g-g-g!)
This, then, being the delinquent Drummond episode in the series, presumably the one that didn't sell too well.... I'm flabbergasted! I think this book is brilliant, exceedingly great, utterly remarkable, a combination of action, wit and wisdom -- ingredients not easily found within the current genre. Haig is a master of fast-pacing, suspense, wisecracking, political/legal intrigue and a page-turner of the 1st degree. For instance, how about this episode's twisted plot half in the US and half in Iraq, where Sean finds himself in deep sh..er...trouble navigating the shadowy minds and motivations of American intelligence agencies and deviant Arab spooks? Super fun, although at times disquietingly real.
That being said, I beg the author to shelve away any further plans for stand-alone novels, and instead to continue pleasing his many, many readers with the continuing adventures and mishaps of Colonel Sean Drummond.
It's MC, Sean Drummond must have appeared in earlier novels as he appeared to have a backstory that wasn't enlarged upon other than a few passing references to his recent promotion to Lt Colonel and his war wounds gained in such places as Mogadishu.
The story centres, to begin with, around an apparent suicide of a US government defence employee which drew the attention of the local police, an army Military Policewoman called Bian Tran and the aforesaid Sean Drummond who was sent there by his boss at the CIA.
It was this odd mixture of overlapping responsibilities that provided a clue to the developing tale of political intrigue that led Drummond and Tran eventually to Iraq where the involvement of Iran and Saudi Arabia in the ambush of an American army unit in which Tran's fiance was killed was slowly uncovered. I use the word slowly advisedly as Brian Haig is wont to fill quite a few pages with, what some might call, extraneous wordage and double-think.
Drummond and Tran are attractive characters and the whole story is woven together well. I did guess the outcome about halfway through through some of the subtle clues dotted throughout the text so the ending wasn't a surprise. It was however a very satisfactory one for all concerned. It's a good read, although I found the hardback hard to balance on my knee whilst reading in bed but that's a minor criticism. Give it a try.
When a defence contractor appears to have committed suicide, newly promoted Lieutenant Colonel Sean Drummond is asked to take a look. Given Drummond is seconded to the CIA there is obviously an intelligence concern. Drummond ends up working with a female from the military police and together they work out that the suicide might actually be murder. To further complicate things, the dead contractor may have been involved in something much deeper that may have taken the US into Iraq under false pretences.
I enjoyed this as I have all the Drummond novels and would have no hesitation in recommending them, but this one does make you think. I appreciate that there are some reviews that suggest the author is lecturing the reader, but I see it more as educating the reader and explaining elements of the Middle East and the relationships between differing Muslim factions. Considering when this book as written and the current situation in the Middle East it has certainly provided me with additional perspective.
But this is a thriller and I also enjoyed it just on that front. I love Drummond’s female boss and enjoyed the complexity of the intelligence machine and the different agendas of all the players
Espionage involving politicians; when spies chase politicians, two categories of world class liars collide.
The politics are always interesting in these books, no doubt informed by Haig's father (Secretary of State Alexander Haig) and always have the ring of truth - spot the names of the neocons.
Starts with domestic murder, gallops into Washington politics about the war, traverses into an Iraqi war zone before coming full circle back to Washington.
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