By Stephen Hunter
A moment chance...
In the windswept sands of the center East, Paul Chardy fought facet by way of aspect with Ulu Beg: one, a charismatic, high-strung CIA covert warrior, the opposite a ferocious freedom fighter. Then Chardy fell into the arms of the enemy, and Beg was once betrayed. Now the 2 males are approximately to fulfill again.
A moment gun...
Beg has come over the Mexican border below 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 retailer Beg's life.
Between the 2 males is a sad prior, a failed challenge, and a lady who knew them in war--and who understands 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 free from his handlers, a bad fact starts to emerge: someplace, anyone wishes either males to die.
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She used to be astonished at how American he’d turn into, in blue denims, with a pack, a tall, powerful guy who might have been a graduate pupil of athletic bent, an adventurer, an outdoorsman, any full of life thirty-five-year-old American, and the streets have been packed with them, healthy, lean joggers, backpackers, expert tourists. “You are his girl back? ” “It turns out so. ” “He is with us, then? ” “No. He doesn’t be aware of. He got here again into my existence as a result of all this. i spotted immediately that I needed to develop into as regards to him back. i may examine issues from him, and during him i may persuade very important people who i used to be risk free. ” “But you're his? ” “It’s no longer very important. ” “But you're? ” “Yes. He’s a distinct guy too. They have been very challenging on him. His personal humans. And the Russians tortured him horribly. They burned his again with a torch. He’s a really sour guy, a harm guy. He’s now not a similar Chardy in any respect. ” “He works for them back? ” “He does. ” “I won't ever comprehend americans. ” “Neither will I. ” “You will betray him? ” “Yes. i've got thought of it. i'm going to betray him. The political is extra vital than the non-public. yet I ask a situation. It’s extremely important to me. ” “Say it. ” “There might be other folks there. humans from the college. they're blameless. you need to swear to not damage them. To kill Danzig is justice. To kill those others will be homicide. I can’t dedicate homicide. I observed an excessive amount of of it devoted myself. ” “You Americans,” Ulu Beg acknowledged. “You make conflict, yet you don’t wish there to be any our bodies. Or if there are our bodies, you don’t are looking to see them or learn about them. ” “Please. Swear it. Swear it as a superb Kurdish fighter could swear it. ” “I can basically swear what i will. yet what's written, is written. ” “Still. Swear it. Or I can’t aid. You’ll be by yourself. And we’ve either found out in the past that by yourself you've gotten nearly no likelihood. ” He checked out her. was once she insane? He observed it now: she was once loopy; she had poor issues in her head. Who may perhaps hold provides with bullets flying? “Swear it. Please. ” “On my eyes,” he acknowledged. “All correct. ” They pulled right into a parking zone a couple of minutes later. “Here. ” She passed him a key. “It’s a hotel. I’ve rented you a room on the a ways finish. move there; remain within. freshen up. There’re a few outfits within the room, American outfits. i am hoping they healthy. I’ll choose you up at ten. He acknowledged he’d come to my position at 11. We’ll wait outdoor till we see him go away. Then I’ll aid. I’ll assist you get within. I’ll aid with the opposite company too. ” She fumbled along with her handbag. It was once a small, reasonable revolver. “I obtained it within the urban. ” “I have a weapon. I don’t wish you there with a gun. ” He became to go away, yet she reached for his arm. “I’m comfortable you got here. I’m completely happy it’s approximately entire. ” “Kurdistan ya naman,” he acknowledged. 31 basically Chardy and Uckley, the protection guy, remained. They stood discreetly in a single nook of the lounge of their lumpy matches. Lanahan used to be off someplace taking part in Napoleon, and the personal detectives engaged by means of the company had now not observed Danzig from the tv studio.