Recruited into SHADE, an elite, covert group formed by the U.S. military, Rollie Waters must locate and retrieve the countless millions taken from Saddam’s cache during the Iraq War and shipped home in the coffins of dead soldiers. But a sniper attack forces Rollie undercover to solve the riddle of the graves and to apprehend the puppet master behind the plot.
It’s a quest that reaches from the Texas digs of the self-proclaimed King of Kurdistan to the treacherous, labyrinthine streets of Erbil, Iraq, and into the arms of an enigmatic woman with impenetrable motives. Now more spy than soldier, Waters must uncover the man pulling the strings behind a backdrop of murder, deceit, and stolen fortune....
An elite covert group known as SHADE (Shared Defense Executive), which was set up by the U.S. military, recruits Marine Lt. Rollie Waters in Rich s disjointed sequel to 2012 s Caravan of Thieves. As part of a mission to determine which graves of American soldiers contain cash taken from Saddam Hussein s cache during the second Iraq War and who s behind the scheme, Rollie assumes the identity of a wealthy investment banker, Robert Hewitt. The assignment takes Rollie from Houston to Erbil, Iraq, and tangles him in a net of betrayal, including a kidnapping plot involving the daughter of the self-proclaimed king of Kurdistan. Rollie s frequent flashbacks to his childhood and his time fighting in Afghanistan drag down the plot, as do his imagined conversations with his dead father, Dan Waters a con man killed because he was suspected of trying to steal the same cache of millions that Rollie seeks. Not even a surprise action-packed ending elevates this muddled adventure.