By Stephen Hunter
NEW YORK instances BESTSELLER
Outgunning all others within the area of razor-edged motion and sheer guts, New York instances bestselling writer Stephen Hunter plunges Earl Swagger deep right into a steamy underworld of energy, politics, and blood. . . .
Cuba, 1953: The island is on fireplace.
The Mafia-run casinos are rolling, and it’s only a 30-minute flight from Miami to a global of vice, playing, intercourse, and medicine. the cash is there for someone who understands the best way to get it, together with the Cuban govt and the police, who are looking to retain their best friend Uncle Sam chuffed. There’s just one chance to this corrupt utopia: a silver-tongued, bold younger innovative named Fidel Castro. With the chilly warfare below approach, the Soviet Union has despatched a cosmopolitan veteran agent to discover and help the younger upstart. To counter, the CIA has summoned Medal of Honor–winning ex–Marine sergeant Earl Swagger, whose heroic exploits have earned him the attractiveness of a guy who doesn’t know the way to lose. yet he’s not only going to discover Castro. . . .
He’s going to kill him.
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