The breathtaking new novel from the author of A Line in the Sand.
Once a reporter for Independent Television News, Gerald Seymour has lived in the West Country for several years. His bestselling novels include Harry's Game, The Glory Boys, Field of Blood, Killing Ground, A Line in the Sand, Holding the Zero, The Untouchable, Traitor's Kiss, The Unknown Soldier, and Rat Run.
After having a Middle Eastern sniper terrorize an English village in A Line in the Sand, Seymour turns the tables by having amateur sharpshooter Gus Peake become involved in a Kurdish tribal insurrection against the Iraqi army. Baghdad counters, sending its own expert sniper to track down and eliminate Peake. Portraits of the two adversaries alternate with graphic battle scenes, vivid depictions of the suffering of the Kurds, and the intrusive efforts of American, British, Israeli, and Russian spies and jaded news correspondents. Seymour is best at delineating the complicated and contradictory motives of all parties, especially Peake. Though heavy-handed at times, the author is better here than in some of his earlier works in juggling his interweaving plots. Sean Barrett does a good job with the plenitude of accents of this international cast of characters. Recommended for public libraries. Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
"Refreshingly original... Another gem from the master of the modern adventure story." - "The Times"