A rogue and ruthlessly effective weapon for justice and punishment, disgraced cop Luther Ewing could use something to occupy his time during his involuntary six-month "vacation" from the Baltimore P.D. narcotics squad. Luckily (or not), his reputation is well-known in wide, if covert, government circles -- and the CIA has a job that's right up Luther's alley: protecting a South Korean businessman who's involved in some shady dealings in Russia.
To do so, Luther needs a new name. He must master a new arsenal, learn Korean and Tae Kwon Do. Most importantly, he must bring the "package" back alive -- a relatively easy assignment requiring a sharp eye, smooth talk, and, hopefully, no bang bang. But the devil is always in the details and things rarely go as planned. And what an exposed and very far from home half-black, half-Vietnamese urban soldier doesn't know could effectively get him dead.
Baltimore cop Luther Ewing, having just received a six-month suspension from his narc squad job, takes on a CIA mission to fill the down time. An ex-Special Forces spook with a long history of mass mayhem, Luther's now headed for a dicey bodyguarding scenario in Korea and Vladivostok. He suffers from a head wound that forces him to take medication four times a day, but the injury hasn't dulled his impressive skills. He's a master of any number of weapons systems, but the book, the third in a series (Red Rain; The Bite), focuses mostly on the setup and training for the mission. His controllers are two beauties, Nadya and Allison, and an old partner from his Bosnian days, Westley. Their job is to protect a wealthy South Korean making a mysterious deal with a pair of devious Russian generals. As always in these sorts of adventures, double-crosses, triple-crosses and more are expected and supplied. The real fun is in trying to figure out who's in charge, what the real game is and how to tell the good guys from the bad. Luther performs with his usual deadly grace, and Crow lays it all out with style and strength. The action takes a while to arrive, but once there it's swift, brutal and rewarding.
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July 31, 2006
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