This author is another Clancy in the making. The action hero, Ryan Kealey will be featured in the author's next book - The Assassin.
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At thirty-three, Ryan Kealey has achieved more in his military and CIA career than most men can dream of in a lifetime. He's also seen the worst life has to offer and is lucky to have survived it. But being left alone with his demons is no longer an option. The CIA needs him badly, because the enemy they're facing is former U.S. soldier Jason March. Ryan knows all about March - he trained him. He knows they're dealing with one of the most ruthless assassins in the world, a master of many languages, an explosives expert, a superb sharpshooter who can disappear like a shadow and who is capable of crimes they cannot begin to imagine. And now, March has resurfaced on the global stage, aligning himself with a powerful Middle East terror network whose goal is nothing less than the total destruction of the United States.
Teaming up with beautiful and tenacious British-born agent Naomi Kharmai, Ryan intends to break every rule in order to hunt down his former pupil, whatever the cost to himself. As Ryan puts together the pieces of a terrifying puzzle, and as the elusive March taunts him, always staying one step ahead, he discovers the madman's crusade is personal as well as political - and Ryan himself is an unwitting pawn. With the clock ticking down and the fate of the country resting uneasily on his shoulders, Ryan is caught in a desperate game of cat-and-mouse with the most cunning opponent he's ever faced, one who will never stop until he's committed the ultimate act of evil - a man who is all the more deadly for being one of our own.
In this easy-to-read and earnestly middlebrow book, free-lance writer Simmons has collected reflections of numerous non-Americans concerning life in the good ol' U.S.A. To judge from some foreign observers, America is Utopia--but the blunt comments of Mexican campesinos , cynical Soviet journalists, and snooty Brits help bring things down to earth. Some of the anecdotes are amusing, particularly the reaction of Easter Islanders upon watching a video tape of a vigorous Leonard Bernstein conducting Brahms: ```Ho, ho, ho,' they roared. `We have never seen so many people play just so one man can dance!''' For a more intellectually provocative discussion of the same topic, try Jean Baudrillard's America ( LJ 1/89).-- Kent Worcester, Columbia
America as seen through the eyes of hundreds of contemporary foreigners--from Russian emigres to Iranian mullaks, Swedish actresses to Italian film directors, British royals to illegal Mexican immigrants. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Former hitman Sam Carver has given up killing for a living and is working as a specialized security consultant, staging mock assassinations on high profile figures in order to highlight deficiencies in their security systems. However a former enemy, Damon Tysack, is using his name to commit high profile assassinations, which bear strong resemblances to his former modus operandi. Gradually Carver realizes that he is under Tysacks's surveillance, but even he has no idea of exactly what Tysack is planning and the role that he wants Carver to play in those plans.
This is the third book in a series which started with The Accident Man, but it isn't necessary to have read the other books. I also felt this was the best yet - and thankfully, his tedious former love interest Alix barely appears.
After a shaky start, it's a fast moving story that's hard to put down. The action moves between Dubai, the US, Norway and the UK without letting up. Cain is adept at taking his inspiration from current events and the story feels very up-to-date. The best parts of the book are when Carver starts to realize what he's up against - he's a good action hero, courageous and highly skilled, but certainly no superman.
I did feel that initially the plot borrowed a little too heavily from Robert Ludlum's novels, (right down to a high altitude parachuting sequence that felt very similar to one in The Janson Directive). It also has many of the flaws that are so common in this genre: the villain over-complicates his plot, feels the need to boast about his plans to Carver and never eliminates his foe when he's able to. Nevertheless, it's every bit as gripping as a thriller should be.
Run a mini-day camp during pre-Pesach vacation! It's a way to earn some money, do some chesed, and have fun all at the same time. What a fabusous idea for the B.Y. Times-ers!
Jen, for starters. The perky, bouyant assistant editor is surprisingly sulky about the project. What's bothering her, and how can her friends help?
If Jen's behavior is puzzling, there's nothing mysterious about the way the little ones in the B.Y. Times "baby school" act. Can the B.Y. Times-ers survive the pushing, fighting, crying, teasing, and shrieking with their day camp - and their nerves - intact?
And if half a dozen impossible children wern't enough, there's newfound friend Gila Schell's baby sister, Ahuva. She's cute and loveable - and she may very well destroy the day camp just by bing there!
Join our heroines as they confront one of their most difficult decisions ever and learn to cope with the Babysitting Blues.
BAD (Bureau of American Defense) agent Sydney Westbrook must find the perfect assassin for a risky counter-terrorism mission. J.D. Steele, a military sniper whose attitude problem landed him in prison, seems a good candidate. But as theyre dragged into a secret world of freelance killers, Sydney begins to discover the man of honor and passion beneath Steeles arrogant façade. Its a man even Steel didnt know he could be and a man whose mission will risk the life of the only woman hes ever loved
Ten years after Zach Hannah headed West, he finds his once flourishing fur trade in swift decline, as the only productive land left is held by the savage Blackfeet tribe. In a bitter battle to the end, Zach must take on the fierce clan that threatens to destroy his company . . . and his family.