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The Russian bear is stirringâ€”and itâ€™s hungryâ€” in the #1 New
York Timesâ€“bestselling seriesâ€™ thrilling fifth novel.
The first disturbing reports reached Delta Force Lieutenant
Colonel Charley Castillo in the form of backchannel messages
concerning covert U.S. intelligence assets working for a
variety of agencies suddenly gone missing and then,
suddenly, inexplicably, found dying. Or dead. One in
Budapest, Hungary. One in Kiev, Ukraine. One in Ashgabat,
Turkmenistan, mere klicks from the Iran border. And then one
in Virginia, along the Potomac River, practically in the
shadow of CIA headquarters.
Castillo finds the information both infuriating and
fascinating, particularly after a recent experience with two
CIA traitors whose own deaths were swift and suspicious.
Despite there being some similarities, though, he thinks
thereâ€™s something different with these new cases, something
he canâ€™t quite put his finger on. At first, itâ€™s idle
thought, but Castillo expects itâ€™s only a matter of time
before the commander in chief assigns him and his group of
troubleshooters in the innocuously named Office of
Organizational Analysis to look into the deaths while all
those intel agencies fight among themselves trying to put
the pieces together.
Meanwhile, Castillo has problems of his ownâ€”fallout from
recent missions involving a clandestine rescue of a DEA
agent from South American drug runners, and the confiscation
of some fifty million dollars from thieves in the Iraqi
oil-for-food scandal. Heâ€™s made more than a few enemies, he
knowsâ€”both foreign and domestic. And then comes another
back-channel message, this one delivered personally by his
lethal friend, the Russian mobster arms dealer. All that has
happened so far, he says, is just a warm-up for whatâ€™s about
to come out of the Kremlin.
Could sabers be rattling for a new Cold War? Or worse?
Presidential Agent C. G. Castillo is about to find out. . . .
Filled with Griffinâ€™s trademark rich characters and
cutting-edge drama, this is another exceptional novel in an
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