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Rising Phoenix

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Special Agent Mark Beamon is a maverick. His open disdain for the FBI's rules--and Directors--has exiled him to a no-profile post in the boondocks. But when a shadowy right-wing group starts flooding America's emergency rooms with dead and dying, Beamon is summoned back to Washington. Teamed with an icily efficient female field agent, he is given the thankless task of stopping the slaughter--even though millions of Americans secretly approve of it As the body count rises, Beamon realizes there is something eerily familiar about his adversary, reminding him of the coldest killer he ever encountered--not a criminal but a law enforcement colleague. And for the first time, he wonders why he was chosen for this assignment. Was it his expertise--or his expendability? "An explosive thriller that launches a new genius for taut, compulsive adventure writing...." - Tom Clancy "In the world of political thrillers, I have the feeling that young Kyle Mills will soon be a very big player." - Frederick Forsythe "A phenomenal concept....Fascinating....Good conspiracy theory, absolutely " - Rush Limbaugh "Absorbing..A fine thriller with memorable characters and enough twists to keep readers turning pages....Mills is definitely someone to watch." - "Publishers Weekly" "Writing in the Tom Clancy tradition, Kyle Mills has produced a power-packed drama about the men and women who battle the bad guys to protect us all." - William H. Webster, former director of the FBI and CIA " An] exceptionally accomplished debut thriller.A chillingly effective and suspenseful tale, complete with the moral ambiguities and guilty pleasures of such vigilante dreams as DeathWish." - "Kirkus Reviews" ""Rising Phoenix" is gripping, authentic, and as frightening as a gunshot in the night." - W.E.B. Griffin "A seductive action novel....Here's one slick page turner that makes readers think." - "San Francisco Chronicle"
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Nearly buried by a blizzard of pre-publication hype, this debut nonetheless emerges as a fine thriller with memorable characters and enough twists to keep readers turning pages. Mills is not yet in the league of Len Deighton, John le Carré or even Tom Clancy, whose glowing recommendation takes top billing over the author's name on the galley proofs. Still, as the son of a former FBI agent and director of Interpol (Clancy calls Mills père an "old friend"), he knows how to flesh out an original premise with absorbing descriptions of FBI work. When megalomaniac televangelist Simon Blake declares his own war on drugs, his security chief, John Hobart, a ruthless ex-DEA agent, manages to poison large cocaine shipments using a rare European fungus. After drug users start dying in epidemic fashion, the FBI sends for agent Mark Beamon, who has been consigned to virtual exile in Houston by a prissy director uncomfortable with his unorthodox methods. Generally acknowledged to be the best detective in the bureau, Beamon was also briefly partnered with Hobart and knows his adversary is a sadistic killer. The ensuing international hunt for Hobart attracts the DEA, a Colombian drug lord and a New York Mafia don. Complicating matters, a rising percentage of Americans begin to side with the poisoners. Ultimately, Beamon must face down Hobart alone. Mills vividly renders people and places, especially Washington's gritty South East housing projects. Although Beamon comes across as more procedurally thorough than inspired, he possesses a raffish charm and a flair for the off-the-cuff remark. Mills is definitely someone to watch. $300,000 ad/promo; HarperAudio; U.K., translation, dramatic rights: William Morris. (Aug.)

"[Rising Phoenix is] chillingly effective and suspenseful."--Kirkus Reviews

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