The Second Saladin by Stephen Hunter

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A second chance...

In the windswept sands of the Middle East, Paul Chardy fought side by side with Ulu Beg: one, a charismatic, high-strung CIA covert warrior, the other a ferocious freedom fighter.  Then Chardy fell into the hands of the enemy, and Beg was betrayed.  Now the two men are about to meet again.

A second gun...

Beg has come over the Mexican border under a hail of bullets--determined to assassinate a leading American political figure and avenge his people's betrayal.  The CIA wants Chardy to stop the hit.  Chardy wants to save Beg's life.

Between the two men is a tragic past, a failed mission, and a woman who knew them in war--and who knows their secrets now.  Around both men is a conspiracy of lies and violence that reaches back to the Cold War.  But as Beg moves in for his kill and as Chardy breaks loose from his handlers, a terrible truth begins to emerge: somewhere, someone wants both men to die.

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About Stephen Hunter

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Stephen Hunter is the author of eighteen novels, including I, Sniper and Point of Impact. In 2003 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism for his work at The Washington Post, where he retired as chief film critic. He has also published two collections of film criticism and a nonfiction work about the attempted assassination of Harry Truman, American Gunfight.
Published September 8, 2010 by Dell. 496 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Religion & Spirituality, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Hunter showed a strong talent for cool, crisp revenge-thriller material in The Master Sniper; here that talent flickers frequently—but it can't fully animate a thin, hand-me-down plot (part Follett, part Le CarrÉ) that's been unduly stretched out.

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