A remarkable military thriller from one of the most widely acclaimed new suspense writers in years—“Fans of Clancy and Coonts need to add Young to their must-read list” (Booklist).
North Africa. A jihadist leader has seized a supply of sarin gas and is wreaking havoc: a nightclub in Sicily, a packed street in Gibraltar. Acting on information, Marine gunnery sergeant A. E. Blount, at six-foot-eight a formidable warrior, the grandson of one of the first black Marines, sets out with his strike force to kill or capture the terrorist.
But it is a trap. Several Marines are killed, some are captured, and the jihadist promises that unless forces withdraw, he will execute one prisoner a day. Immediately, Blount’s friends and colleagues Sophia Gold, now with the U.N., and Lieutenant Colonel Michael Parson, working for the United States Africa Command, rush to Libya to help coordinate rescue efforts. The ordeal, however, has only begun. Soon they will all be fighting for their lives in the sand and fire of the desert.
Gunnery Sgt. A.E. Blount joins the cast in Young's gripping fifth military thriller (after 2013's The Warriors). A day away from retirement, Blount witnesses a brutal chemical weapons attack by enemy jihadists on a nightclub mere steps away from the Sigonella Naval Air Station in Sicily. In the aftermath, Blount a big man, at almost seven feet tall and 245 pounds reverses course, rejoining the Marines for another final mission, which might be his most dangerous yet. As for the series regulars, Sophia Gold now works as a U.N. translator stationed in Libya, while Michael Parson has been promoted to lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Africa Command, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. With the strikes spreading to North Africa, the three heroes unite with old friends to take out terrorist leader Sadiq Kassam before he carries out his threats to bring chemical warfare to the U.S. This page-turner offers thrilling action sequences and harrowing plot twists in abundance.