Featuring three stories, this work talks about three people and a desperate race for survival in a country in the midst of war. Nick Scott fought in the SAS during the first Gulf War. Captured and tortured, he was left a broken man. His daughter Sarah Scott is a beautiful young scientist who has cracked one of the scientific secrets of the age. Now, she has vanished. Her lover Jed Bradley is one of the SAS's toughest young agents, dropped behind enemy lines in the build up to the Iraq War to find the truth about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. Caught up in a global power play, Nick and Jed must fight their way through a war-ravaged Iraq as the regime of Saddam Hussein collapses around them. It is a desperate race to find the woman they both love. And to unlock the secret of the Ultimate Weapon.
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Two veterans of the British Special Air Service reluctantly join forces to rescue the beautiful young scientist at the center of their lives.U.K. bestselling author and former SAS commander Ryan (Firefight, 2008, etc.) taps into his military experience to create riveting action sequences. Unfortunately, the plot can't support the velocity of Ryan's writing. His hero is Nick Scott, a disgraced Gulf War veteran broken under torture. After the death of his wife, this defeated soldier hires himself out to protect Algerian oil rigs, sending what money he can to his daughter Sarah, a gifted Cambridge University physicist. Just as he's arrived home to London in early 2003, he finds that Sarah has disappeared, leaving an unlikely 100,000 pounds in her bank account. Scott's search is paralleled by the experiences of SAS soldier Jed Bradley, Sarah's off-again boyfriend. His first mission is to lead a bloody raid on a suspected weapons facility, trying to find WMDs to justify the invasion of Iraq. Following the money in Sarah's account, Nick discovers an implausible scenario involving his daughter's invention of a viable cold-fusion method and a sinister cabal of scientists and terrorists who have secreted her away to Baghdad. "You know my daughter's been kidnapped by Saddam Hussein?" asks Nick in one of several dated references. Against all logic, Nick and Jed are chosen by their government's intelligence service to lead a hell-for-leather raid on the Republican Palace to save Sarah. Ryan's continental debut doesn't match the substance of Andy McNab's Nick Stone novels, but its breathless pace and frenetic firefights make for an engaging diversion.An animated thriller, originally published in the United Kingdom in 2006, that promises ample entertainment for Military Channel junkies. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Chris Ryan
Chris Ryan was born near Newcastle in 1961. He joined the SAS in 1984. During his ten years he was involved in overt and covert operations and was also Sniper team commander of the anti-terrorist team. During the Gulf War, Chris was the only member of an eight-man team to escape from Iraq, of which three colleagues were killed and four captured. It was the longest escape and evasion in the history of the SAS. For this he was awarded the Military Medal. For his last two years he was selecting and training potential recruits for the SAS. Stephen Tompkinson rose to fame after his roles in Drop the Dead Donkey and BBC drama Ballykissangel. He has since starred in a number of TV comedies and dramas, including In Deep, Wild at Heart, and The Taming of the Shrew and appeared in such West End productions as Tartuffe, Arsenic and Old Lace and Art. He also starred in the feature films, Brassed Off, Hotel Splendide and Treacle.