HarperCollins, 2005 (2005)
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Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
hillip Margolin is the storyteller personified. With his eleventh novel,
, he has created a tale that defies belief. Even so, it is a good book, with excitement on almost every page. That is, if you don't mind many of said pages being covered with blood and littered with dead bodies.
arl Rice is discovered by his high school sweetheart, Vanessa, in the act of murdering a public official. He claims to be on a secret mission. Vanessa asserts that he is being used by her father, General Wingate, the director of a clandestine, almost terrorist, group of soldiers. Life moves on, as it always does. But not without subterfuge on both Vanessa's and Carl's part. They rescue each other at various times, and they plot the downfall of the General. The characters ring true, unfortunately in some cases. The plot moves at a fast pace. Though descriptions of the war scenes are ones I could have done without, they seem accurate, as though the author had lived them.
uspense reigns in
. A brutal world evolves. Some people don't survive it. Others use it for their own gains. This novel intensifies the lack of trust one might have for the shadowy figures who lurk behind the scenes of political life.
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