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Edward Lewis does an admirable reading of this exciting story of Middle East terror. A second Gulf War has deposed Saddam Hussein, but he lurks in the desert, waiting for a chance to return to power in Baghdad. Former Ukrainian KGB agent Valeri Yernin, with complex motives, offers a way. He plans to launch a nuclear missile against Israel from an Iranian submarine, thereby throwing the Middle East into chaos. The only man who can stop him is National Security Agency analyst Bill Lane. Complicating matters are a mole high in the American government and Lane's affair with a British agent. Both Lane and Yernin have almost superhuman intellectual and physical skills and narrowly escape death several times. Flannery's too convoluted but entertaining plot resembles James Bond deep in Tom Clancy country (The Hunt for Red October is even mentioned.). Lewis does well with the Arab and Ukrainian accents, but his Englishwoman and macho Southerner are laughable. Recommended for public library collections.‘Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr.

"One of the most satisfying thrillers since Tom Clancy's "The Hunt for Red October.""--San Francisco Examiner "Not only do Flannery's spy thrillers have the ring of truth, sometimes they become the truth."--Dean Ing, bestselling author of the" Ransom of Black Stealth One" "If you like thrillers full of international intrigue, Flannery is a major find."--Dean Koontz

Nuclear terror threatens the Mideast in an action-packed thriller that boasts all the energy and thrills of a classic James Bond novel‘and that requires a Bond-sized suspension of disbelief. Thanks to a second Gulf War, Saddam Hussein has been kicked out of Baghdad. Now he's plotting to regain his seat of power with the help of the secret plan of the title, which involves stolen nuclear missiles aimed at Tel Aviv. The only obstacle: NSA analyst and superspy Bill Lane, returning from Flannery's Winner Take All, who has the uncanny ability to put stray facts together (a Russian spymaster's multi-national sightings; the misleading clues of a double agent; the erratic behavior of a submarine commander) and arrive in the nick of time to thwart disaster. Through set pieces that crackle with excitement, Flannery invigorates a complicated plot that involves a Russian Kilo-class submarine in Iranian hands, a soulless Russian killer and a body count worthy of a Schwarzenegger movie. His writing is brisk and compelling, allowing readers to skate over a number of potholes‘the payoff doesn't quite justify the buildup; Lane is rarely wrong; and the woman in the hero's life, though capable, ends up as a damsel in distress. Flannery's world, which prizes gutsy professionalism above all, is one in which the woman may be spunky but the men have all the fun‘of which there's plenty here. (Sept.)

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