Synopses & Reviews
Amid the dust, death, and chaos of Iraq, an American soldier on a routine patrol is killed by an unseen enemy. It's a tragedy but not a crime - until it's linked to the bizarre death of a decorated four-star general who happens to be the dead man's father?and the son-in-law of history's most feared and powerful U.S. vice president.Major Vin Cooper of Air Force Special Investigations is the kind of loose cannon no commanding officer can completely control?or survive without. Cooper's a man whose capacity to absorb grief is matched only by his ability to dish it out. And this case - which will be either his most important or his last - has plenty of both.Scarred by battle and a recent divorce, Cooper answers to no one but his own tough-as-nails female general. She knows there's no one as relentless, as insubordinate, and as effective in prying out the truth as Cooper - no matter where it leads or who it angers.Reluctantly paired with Special Agent Anna Masters, Cooper begins his search at the scene of a suspicious crash at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. There they uncover a trail of inexplicable ?accidental? deaths that leads from the war-torn streets of Baghdad to sex slavery in Latvia and a marriage that began in the White House Rose Garden and disintegrated into bitterness and infidelity. And with every step they take, Cooper and Masters come closer to the shocking truth about the biggest and most murderous lie of all.
"Aussie author Rollins's first novel is a fast-moving, funny thriller with a smart-aleck hero who faces death and worse with a quip on his lips. Military special investigator Maj. Vincent Cooper bounds around the world, dodging death while searching for the reason a four-star general and his son were murdered a nifty bit of evil that goes all the way to the White House and encounters grouchy Germans, ruthless and sexy Russians, world-weary Italians, stoned Canadians and, not surprisingly, heroic Australians. The accents, attitudes and genders pose no problem for Foster, who handles them with brisk efficiency. He understands that, with a yarn involving a protagonist who suffers beatings, bullets and broken bones, but keeps plugging away at a global conspiracy with more layers than an artichoke, to pause for an elaborate shift in accent is to risk close scrutiny of the story. Instead, with subtle vocal shifts he's able to set a breathless pace, keeping the listener on board the roller coaster until it comes to a complete, satisfying stop. Simultaneous release with the Bantam hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 13). (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Major Vin Cooper, Special Agent in the US Air Force, wakes up with a hangover, a toothache, a grudge against his ex-wife, and an order from the big cheese, General Winifred Gruyere.
Hes required in Germany where the US commander of the NATO Ramstein Air Base, one General Abraham Scott, has been turned into soup by crashing his glider. Was it an accident or sabotage? They need to know the general was married to the US Vice Presidents daughter.
Gruyere is reluctant to give Cooper the job as a few too many drunk and disorderlies have appeared on his record of late. But she relents, hoping agent Anna Masters, whos on the ground at Ramstein, will keep him in line.
Through a haze of toothache-induced pain, Cooper discovers that the upstanding General Scott actually kept some dubious company. And so begins an investigation that takes Cooper and Masters who is, quite frankly, appalled by Vin from Ramstein to wartorn Baghdad; from a lap dancing bar in Riga to harrowing Chechen rebel strikes.
Despite their rocky relationship, they manage to uncover a monstrous crime that threatens to engulf the US military-industrial complex in a scandal that will destroy the very fabric of contemporary society.
With intelligence and wry humor, David A. Rollins crafts an all-too-believable story about power, corruption, and cover-up that has shocking international consequences. Nelson DeMille
Major Vin Cooper and agent Anna Masters travel from Ramstein Air Base to war torn Baghdad to investigate the death of a U.S. Commander. Despite their rocky relationship, they uncover a monstrous crime that threatens to engulf the U.S. military-industrial complex in a scandal that could destroy the very fabric of contemporary society. Unabridged. 11 CDs.