The Devil's Garden by Ralph Peters

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The headstrong daughter of a prominent U.S. senator came to a forgotten corner of the earth to make a difference--and to escape the influence of her powerful father. But Kelly Trost escaped too well--for now she has vanished into the dark heart of a small, coreless Muslim nation struggling through a violent rebirth in the wake of the Soviet collapse. No one knows if she is a prisoner of fanatics or mountain warlords--or even if she is alive--as her fate suddenly becomes the concern of governments and multi-national corporations jockeying for power in the area.

Only one American, Lt. Colonel Evan Burton, has the courage and the local experience to track down Kelly Trost. Disillusioned by the hopelessness and cruelty of other men's wars, and by the cynicism of his own government, Burton is prepared to hang up his uniform--when the fate of one young woman calls him back to duty.

It will prove to be the most difficult and brutal mission of his career, as he searches for her amid the chaos of a lawless country controlled by gangsters, religious zealots, warlords, oil executives, mutinous generals and foreign spies. For an innocent has become a bargaining chip in a cold and ruthless global game, and she may be more valuable dead than alive. Her only hope lies in her fierce will to survive--and in a lone soldier who would give his life to save her.

Powerful and provocative, rich in authentic detail and breathtaking in suspense, THE DEVIL'S GARDEN is an extraordinary work of fiction that transcends genre, an unforgettable novel in which the fate of nations tomes down to the fate of two human belongs.


About Ralph Peters

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Peters is a best selling novelist, a retired Army officer with global experience, an influential strategist, and a commentator whose work has appeared in a wide range of newspapers and journals. He also writes historical fiction under the pen name Owen Parry. He lives in the Washington, DC area.
Published January 1, 1998 by Simon & Schuster Ltd. 464 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Political & Social Sciences, War, Horror. Fiction

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The balance of power in hapless Azerbaijan hinges on the fate of a kidnapped young woman--one Kelly Trost, snatched from her humanitarian wanderings by someone who killed her interpreter and all nearby witnesses.

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