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The Operative

Ex-CIA operative Ryan Kealey has finally found some semblance of peace, settling down in Baltimore and developing a friendship with psychologist Allison Dearborn. His newfound calm is violently disrupted when a charity event is rocked by a terrorist attack. After the dust settles, the CIA deputy director recruits Kealey to investigate. Kealey's findings are shocking: All of the terrorists involved in the Baltimore attack were officially prisoners of the U.S. government, supposedly incarcerated in some of the nation's most notorious prisons. All signs point to a former government program run by Canadian psychologist Simon Cosgrove, who has since gone rogue. With this chilling information, Kealey, battling his own personal demons, is launched on a worldwide quest to track down Cosgrove before he can launch another, far more devastating attack...
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Born in England, Andrew Britton moved with his family to the United States when he was seven, settling in Michigan, then North Carolina. After serving in the Army as a combat engineer, Andrew entered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is pursuing a double major in economics and psychology.


Breakneck pacing compensates for lackluster prose in bestseller Britton's two-fisted fifth thriller featuring ex-CIA agent Ryan Kealey (after 2010's The Exile). When a terrorist bomb kills and injures dozens at a charity gala at the Baltimore (Md.) Convention Center, including the event's keynote speaker, the wife of CIA deputy director John Harper, Harper asks Kealey to investigate. Kealey and his allies in the U.S. intelligence community soon figure out that the attack on Baltimore is but the opening salvo in a much wider plot that could lay waste to much of America. What could have been a paean to the utility of independent, borderline rogue agents becomes instead a morality tale about where unchecked idealism can lead. Britton's ultimate championing of the rule of law and its checks and balances stands out in a field overpopulated by enthusiastically brutal protagonists and overworked ticking time-bomb scenarios. Agent: John Talbot, Talbot Fortune Agency. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Britton died in 2008, but the author ghostwriting his novels still delivers page-turners in the style of Brad Thor and Vince Flynn. Ex-CIA agent Ryan Kealey is attending a Baltimore charity event when a terror attack wreaks havoc. Close friends and family are killed, and Kealey returns to action to stop the terrorists from striking again. It also appears that the bombers have an inside man. VERDICT Kealey is the perfect hero to root for as he gets sucked into the muck of covert ops, especially after he thought he was finished with the nasty business. Not too many surprises, but Britton's fans will still want to get their hands on this quickly. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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