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This supercharged thriller from master storyteller Andrew Kaplan introduces the Scorpion, the CIA’s top agent in the Middle East, and launches the bestselling espionage series
Kelly Ormont sprints down the narrow streets of Paris. When a car pulls up and a man points a gun at her, life as she knows it is over. Within days, this beautiful congressman’s daughter will be in the Middle East, where some of the wealthiest men in the world will bid to make her their slave. Only the Scorpion can save her now.
An American raised among the Bedouin, the Scorpion is the CIA’s top agent in the Arabian peninsula. To save Kelly, he slips into the sinister underworld of human trafficking, where the kidnapped girl’s trail leads him to a Saudi prince with fanatical global ambitions. When the Scorpion discovers a link between the prince and the Russians, Kelly will not be the only person who needs a savior.
Kaplan's intended thriller is so overdrawn that it may make readers giggle rather than tremble at the perilous exploits of Nick Curry, aka Scorpion. A CIA undercover agent in the Middle East, Scorpion escapes from certain death again and again, trying to foil a Soviet-backed plot by Prince Abdul Sa'ad. The prince plans to kill the king of a major oil-producing country, thereby cutting America off from oil supplies and eventually forcing the U.S. to surrender to Russia. The other mission demanding the agent's utmost courage and daring is rescuing lovely Kelly Ormont, sold by white slavers to Abdul and subjected to his sexual perversions. Since the evil prince is guarded by fierce henchmen in an impenetrable fortress, Scorpion seems likely to fail but he survives hacking, bludgeoning, betrayal by colleagues and any number of improbable disasters. All in all, the story is in the true comic-book tradition.