As U.S. troops prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan, and the Taliban is poised to take over, the CIA calls upon the Austrian aristocrat Malko Linge to execute a dangerous and delicate plan to restore stability to the region.
On the ground in Kabul, Malko reconnects with an old flame and hires a South African mercenary to assist with his mission. But Malko doesn't know whom he can trust. His every move is monitored by President Karzai's entourage, Taliban leaders, a seductive American journalist--and a renegade within the CIA itself. Before he can pull off his plan, Malko is kidnapped and nearly killed. When he finally manages to escape, he finds himself alone and running for his life in a hostile city.
In The Press
"Ripped from the headlines. . . . His books tell unvarnished truths that many prefer to ignore."
--The Wall Street Journal
"De Villiers's books are ahead of the news and sometimes even ahead of events themselves."
--The New York Times Magazine
About The Author
Gérard de Villiers (1929–2013) spent his five-decade career cultivating connections in the world of international intelligence, which allowed him to masterfully blend fiction with an insider’s knowledge of international affairs—and to anticipate geopolitical events before they occurred. Originally published from 1960 until his death in 2013, his bestselling SAS series of 200 spy novels, starring Malko Linge, has long been considered France’s answer to Ian Fleming, with Malko as his James Bond.
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