By Stephen Coonts
From Stephen Coonts comes a singular of excessive octane pleasure, that includes Tommy Carmellini in his most threatening undertaking but: The Assassin.
In the finale of Coonts's final novel The Traitor, the ruthless and superb Al Qaeda chief who approximately succeeded in blowing up a gathering of the crowd of seven in Paris slipped the noose and escaped. yet Abu Qasim has one other trick up his sleeve: he has provided to pay a the Mafia a fortune to assist him carry big apple to its knees.
The CIA learns that anything is up and a nervous president sends his best?Jake Grafton and his mystery weapon, Tommy Carmellini. Tommy is quickly in grave risk as he attempts to piece the lethal puzzle jointly. Set amidst ticking bombs and flying bullets, the stakes have by no means been better. Will Tommy placed all of it jointly in time t cease the catastrophe? Or will the terrorists set occasions in movement that might depart the United States reeling?
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