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From the author of Days of Drums and co-author (with Robert Ludlum) of the New York Times best selling The Cassandra Compact comes a new political thriller that ricochets across the world stage with implacable force. Moving from the desolation of North Korea to the oak-and-leather preserves of Wall Street to the subterranean surveillance headquarters in the Pentagon, By Dawn's Early Light traces the journey of Sloane Ryder, a young, straight-shooting financial analyst who gets caught in the undertow of large-scale political maneuverings involving the United States' ever-sensitive relationship with China. While Washington, Wall Street, and Beijing jockey for position in East Asia, Sloane uncovers a plot- woven by some of the most eminent figures in government- to murder the first woman president of the United States. As she frantically pieces together a series of strange but seemingly unrelated events, her trail leads her to the Handyman, a merciless killer-for-hire. Suddenly she finds she's playing a deadly game of cat-and-mouse where each move could be her last. By Dawn's Early Light is a Roman candle of interlocking conspiracies, Faustian bargains, and shadowy alliances among unlikely parties. A high-wire act of collusion and double-cross, its shocking plot twists will keep readers reeling till the very last pages.
Covert-One, the president's personal, super-secret agency formed after some recent virus-driven chaos ( The Hades Factor , co written with Gayle Lynds), is staffed by an unknown number of international covert operatives, including Dr. Jon Smith, late of the USAMRIID. And a good thing, too, because someone's helped themselves to Russia's share of the world's last two stores of the smallpox virus, an eradicated yet hideously deadly bug with no ready vaccine. That the pox was nabbed and who nabbed it is clear enough early on. Why such a seemingly large and disparate cadre of global citizens (keeping the players straight puts one in mind of Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First" routine) chose to pinch the bug and for what end are the novel's driving questions. Freelance Serbian uber-nasty, Ivan Beria, is among the apparent perpetrators as are Dylan Reed and Adam Treloar of NASA, Tony Price, the head of the super- secret NSA, and a bunch of Russians. The good-guys roster claims Smith; Covert- One's head, Nathaniel Klein; Briton and ex-SAS man, Peter Howell; Smith's deceased girlfriend's sister and CIA operative, Randi Russell; the girlfriend's best friend, backup shuttle astronaut Megan Olson; and another bunch of Russians. Suffice it to say that Smith and company trot the globe, cat-and-mousing after the pox and in so doing careen through a classically speedy and Ludlumesque (if coincidence dependent) plot leaving large numbers of efficiently dispatched corpses in their wake.
Hollis Fremont is a young Foreign Service Officer working at the US Embassy in Paris. Paris -- magical city of lights -- and the city where, as a child, Hollis witnessed the horrible murder of both her parents.
Rebecca's father was a legend--a penniless prospector who had hit the gold strike of the century, then built a financial kingdom in the lush Caribbean nation he loved, the ingelines. But Max McHenry made bitter enemies, lowerful enemies whose dominion in their tropical paradise had never before been challenged. Suddenly and mysteriously Max dies, and Rebecca inherits his empire--and all his enemies. Enemies who hide behind courtly smiles to take everything Rebecca holds dear--until, waking to overnight ruin, Rebecca realizes she is her fathers daughter after all. Triumph...is founder of the Tides, a lavish resort chain, Rebecca will summon all she has learned about power and survival to exact her revenge. And in seeking justice, she will discover unexpected redemption--in the gift of love.
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