“A must-read for any spy aficionado!” — Former Senior Operations Officer, CIA
“It is a profound book. One I won’t forget for a long while.” — Senior Military Officer, Pentagon
Someone is stealing weapons and ammunition from America's military bases. Who is stealing them and why? That is what CIA operative Eric Brent faces as he is being used by the CIA to flush out a secretive, "phantom" group hostile to a U.S. administration that threatens to destroy the American economy and shrink individual freedoms under the code name, Project Warrior.
Alexandra Hamlet’s first novel, The Right Guard, takes us on a suspense-filled journey through the world of intelligence and defense in the 1970s. Over one million military weapons and equipment are missing from the U.S. military inventories across the country.
Though set in 1978, The Right Guard resembles the present political and economic climate of the United States, giving the reader a sense that such a scenario is very conceivable even today.
In irregular warfare consultant Hamlet's debut, the year is 1978 and over a million planes, tanks, and jeeps have mysteriously disappeared from various National Guard enclaves across the country, only to reappear at other previously defunct National Guard facilities. This hard-to-believe premise drives a rapid-fire story of cat-and-mouse between the CIA and the Right Guard, a rogue military group that the Agency believes is responsible for the relocation of the armaments. 38-year-old CIA operative Eric Brent is tasked with gaining the trust of Right Guard member Rake Benson and infiltrating the group, which eventually leads him to Deacon Malway, the elderly fanatic leader who dreams of taking over the United States and putting it under martial law in order to tailor the fabric of American life to his liking. The novel shifts rapidly between the efforts of Deacon's group to implement its goal, and those of Eric and his support team to thwart it. Countless new one-dimensional characters are introduced at such a dizzying speed that it's difficult to keep their loyalties straight. The novel's multitude of details lend authenticity to the story (such as epigraphic real-life newspaper clippings at the beginnings of many chapters), but their sheer volume impedes the flow of the novel.