By Stephen Hunter
A moment chance...
In the windswept sands of the center East, Paul Chardy fought aspect through aspect with Ulu Beg: one, a charismatic, high-strung CIA covert warrior, the opposite a ferocious freedom fighter. Then Chardy fell into the palms of the enemy, and Beg was once betrayed. Now the 2 males are approximately to satisfy again.
A moment gun...
Beg has come over the Mexican border lower than a hail of bullets--determined to assassinate a number one American political determine and avenge his people's betrayal. The CIA desires Chardy to prevent the hit. Chardy desires to shop Beg's life.
Between the 2 males is a sad earlier, a failed project, and a lady who knew them in war--and who is familiar with their secrets and techniques now. Around either males is a conspiracy of lies and violence that reaches again to the chilly War. But as Beg strikes in for his kill and as Chardy breaks unfastened from his handlers, a bad fact starts off to emerge: someplace, a person wishes either males to die.
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