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Description - Betrayed by Brendan DuBois

When a bedraggled stranger turned up on the doorstep of Jason Harper's comfortable New England home, it takes him some time to accept that it is his brother who had disappeared over thirty years before on a bombing mission over Vietnam. Why had he not come home earlier? Where had he been? Why had he not told his own family that he had survived? Before Roy can begin to explain what he has gone through they are interrupted by a pair of men who seem intent on removing them both - and Jason's wife and child. Within the space of half an hour Jason's well-regulated, ordinary life is destroyed and his loyalty to his lost brother forces him to take his family on the run as he battles with the fact that the American government had 'hidden' hundreds of MIAs. Now the two brothers have the knowledge to expose this outrage, but first they have to prevent the other survivors from being summarily executed, and a very professional organisation is determined that they will achieve neither aim. Visit his website at

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780751534184
ISBN-10: 0751534188
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 108mm x mm)
Pages: 512
Imprint: Time Warner Paperbacks
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 17-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - Betrayed by Brendan DuBois

UK Kirkus Review » 30 years after being reported shot down and missing in action over Vietnam, Air Force Captain Roy Harper turns up on his younger brother Jason's doorstep late one night with a hell of a tale to tell and a favour to ask; but before he can tell the tale or ask the favour, people who would do anything to make sure that the tale doesn't get out come calling. Soon Roy, Jason, Jason's wife Patty and son Paul are on the run for their lives, pursued by the shadowy operatives of a quasi-legal corporation known as Pickering Industries, and in particular the coldly vicious mercenary Clay Woodbury. As Jason follows Roy onward in an unknown quest, Jason thinks Roy owes him an explanation but Roy has an agenda all his own, an agenda on which time is running out. This is a fast-paced and intricately plotted thriller. Given little time to character development, the heroes and villains inevitably remain a little two-dimensional but fit neatly enough into the overall narrative pattern. If you can accept the rather far-fetched premise, then the 'against all odds' scenario will keep you glued to the page. Certainly the writer goes to some lengths to help the reader in this respect with detailed descriptions of the prison camps and respective jailer motivation. All in all, the quest of Roy Harper is compellingly written and satisfyingly full of obstacles and coincidences. (Kirkus UK)

US Kirkus Review » From the author of the Lewis Cole mysteries (Killer Waves, 2002, etc.): a hair-raising thriller about Vietnam MIAs who, it turns out, were never more than semi-missing. Jason Harper-husband, father, publisher of the small but growing Berwick (New Hampshire) Banner, a young man very much settled in his life-hears his doorbell ring late one night and, a bit nervously, goes to answer. When he opens the door, he also, in effect, opens Pandora's Box, for the person standing outside has trouble written all over him. But, it develops, there's joy, too, in fact an almost inexpressible degree of happiness. About thirty years before, Captain Roy Harper, bomber pilot, went missing in Vietnam after his B-52 crashed. That was Jason's adored older brother, deeply grieved over but then eventually relegated to that catch-all compartment labeled "things one needs to get past." Now this man-elderly, shabby, worn-identifies himself as the long-lost brother. And he's convincing, possessed of details (a boyhood paper route, the name of a first-grade teacher, certain private embarrassments) half-forgotten by Jason himself. The story Roy tells to explain his prolonged absence is at the very least alarming. He's been tortured, systematically humiliated by an implacable enemy-he in company with a hundred other downed fliers, whittled down to 36 by time and brutality. Who exactly was this enemy-that is, who beyond the obvious and predictable? It takes a while for Roy to tell his story, but when Jason begins to understand it (not easy) and to believe it (unwillingly) he's distraught, a condition substantially worsened when Roy gets around to explaining his mission and making clear the key role he expects Jason to play in it. Not always plausible, but the story grabs, and the pages turn, testimony to the power of the narrative. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Brendan DuBois

Brendan DuBois is the author of the Lewis Cole mysteries and numerous short stories, which have earned him a Shamus Award and three Edgar Award nominations.

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