She was just looking forward to a week of sightseeing. An American scientist with knowledge of nuclear secrets is abducted in China, interrogated and tortured before being spirited away into a three-day mind-melt in this debut spy thriller from Howard Manson. Katherine Richmond has two secrets. The Chinese want one of them—and the Americans, embroiled in the political scandal that brought her here, want her to give it to them! But she isn’t talking, and it falls to ex-Ranger, double agent, master interrogator and torturer, Michael Sunday to use any means possible to learn what she knows. Three days of constant running, without sleep, they grow close enough to discover they share a personal hope together. As the certainty of her fate as spy becomes all-to clear to them, they fiercely battle all sides in an effort to save her life…or at least that’s what he says they’re doing. In China where Tao is The Way, it’s wise to remember: Warfare is the Tao of Deception. What would you say to a high-octane, action thriller in which the love story is the purpose of the book? …the conversations between Sunday and Katherine keep the narrative moving regardless of the evil political machinations going on around them… …Their back-and-forth banter feels natural and fluid, making these two more interesting and relatable by the page... …Manson’s clear technical knowledge of the work Sunday does, whether interrogation or inflicting pain, is impressive... …The couple’s strange desire for success, unwillingness to compromise and sudden passion for one another all lend depth and nuance… …strong characterization and an impressive ear for dialogue. –Kirkus Reviews
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Published February 25, 2012
by EM.c Press, a division of Espionage Magazine.com, LLC.
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction.