SOAR by John Weisman
A Black Ops Novel

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BLACK OPS: The shadow wars; the down-and-dirty work of CIA/Special Operations ...

On the eve of a groundbreaking U.S.–China summit, a covert CIA black ops team assigned to bug a Chinese nuclear test site is captured by Islamic terrorists. An explosive situation goes from bad to catastrophic when the terrorists ambush a Chinese army convoy, highjack a highly unstable nuclear device ... and arm it. On orders from the President, Major Michael Ritzik, the young CO of a top secret element of the Army's elite Delta Force, must lead his men on an impossible rescue/disarmament mission -- even as Beijing dispatches its own special forces to deal with the impending threat. Ritzik and his shadow warriors will need to employ speed, surprise, and violence of action to beat the Chinese to the target, free the captives, disarm the nuke, and escape without leaving any fingerprints. Failure is not an option -- because the unthinkable has suddenly become a very real possibility.


About John Weisman

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Seven-time New York Times bestselling author John Weisman is one of a select company of authors to have their books on both the Times nonfiction and fiction bestseller lists. He pioneered coverage of Naval Special Warfare when he co-authored the Number One New York Times best-seller Rogue Warrior, the story of Richard Marcinko and the creation of SEAL Team 6, and then conceived, created, developed and wrote eight best-selling Rogue fictional sequels. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Seymour Hersh called his 2004 novel Jack in the Box, "The insider's insider spy novel." Weisman's CIA short stories were chosen for inclusion in Best American Mystery Stories in 1997 and 2003. His most recent CIA short fiction appears in Agents of Treachery. He reviews books on intelligence and military affairs for the Washington Times and his analysis has appeared in AFIO's periodical Intelligencer. Since 2003, he has appeared on more than 130 radio and television shows as an expert on terrorism and intelligence matters. In the spring of 2005, he was invited by the German Government to lecture on the state of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Weisman is an adjunct instructor at Team One Network, which provides tactical training to both local and national law enforcement agencies, and at the Executive Protection Institute, for which he teaches the terrorism bloc. He is an NRA-certified pistol instructor who has created and run tactical exercises for Loudoun and Fairfax counties (Virginia), and worked on the City of Manassas Park and Clarke County (Virginia) active shooter exercises. He is a current a member of the Clarke County (Virginia) Sheriff's Advisory Board and he was appointed in 2011 to the National Rifle Association's Public Affairs Committee. Recently, he was senior adviser to the chairman of Kriss Arms of Nyon, Switzerland, whose American subsidiary produces the Kriss Vector system of submachine guns, short-barreled rifles, pistols, and carbines. Weisman lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
Published July 12, 2011 by HarperCollins e-books. 420 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Not only are the terrorists crazed (the leader kills one of the team on a caprice), but China has already dispatched soldiers to get its bomb back—and finding a covert CIA team along with the bad guys wouldn’t look good for the US.

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Using short, punchy sentences and quick cuts, the story moves back and forth between the condition of the captives, the situation in Washington and the exploits of Ritzik and company.

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