An Expensive Education by Nick McDonell

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Mike Teak has a classic Harvard profile. He’s a twenty-five-year-old scholar/athlete from an upper-class family who was recruited by his godfather to work for a U.S. intelligence agency. On a covert mission in a Somali village, he delivers cash and cell phones to Hatashil, a legendary orphan warrior turned rebel leader. It’s a routine assignment until, minutes after they meet, the village is decimated by a missile assault, and although Mike escapes, his life is changed forever.
Echoing across continents, the assault disrupts professor Susan Lowell, who has just won a Pulitzer Prize for her book celebrating Hatashil. Also shaken is Lowell’s student,
David Ayan, who was born in the targeted village a world away from Harvard’s most exclusive final club, the Porcellian, which is courting him and Jane, the smart, risk-taking daughter of East Coast money who’s sleeping with him. David Ayan struggles with his identity and Susan Lowell struggles against rumors about her relationship with Hatashil, who has been accused of ordering the village massacre. But it is Mike Teak who faces a deadly struggle—because when he discovers a horrific conspiracy he immediately realizes that he has become expendable, with nowhere to run and no one to trust.
 

About Nick McDonell

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Nick McDonell is the son of self-made man, Terry McDonell (the editor of Sports Illustrated and former managing editor of Rolling Stone). His mother, Joan McDonell is a novelist and screenwriter. He was born on February 18, 1984. Nick wrote his first novel, Twelve, when he was 17 years old. His second novel, The Third Brother, was released in 2005. McDonell is a graduate of Harvard University.
 
Published May 4, 2010 by Grove Press. 305 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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McDonell's dark, relentlessly readable latest (The Third Brother, 2005, etc.) swings back and forth between Harvard and Africa, and in both cases the education is indeed expensive.

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The Harvard-educated hero of this campus-novel-cum-geopolitical-thriller is more Holden Caulfield than James Bond.

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The Guardian

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Somewhere on the Kenya-Somalia border, agent Michael Teak delivers a cell phone to rebel leader Hatashil, "a freedom fighter.

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Publishers Weekly

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McDonell's third novel, a story of the messy consequences attendant upon a rogue American operation conducted against a Somalian freedom fighter, introduces a spy who could have easily walked

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Oregon Live

When I was in college in the 1980s a professor in the Cinema School told me that all the talented young writers were turning to movies and television.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Compared to Graham Greene and John le Carré for his storytelling skills, McDonell has proved that the third time is the charm.

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