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Happy Sunday afternoon! I hope this finds you well.

This week’s recommendation is Termination Orders by Leo J. Maloney. My sister was reading his second book when she was out visiting a few weeks ago, so I checked out this first book of his, and it was good.

You’ll like this story if you’re into Jason Bourne, Jack Ryan, and Mitch Rapp type of main characters. The hero in this story is Dan Morgan, who used to work for the CIA and is now leading a life as an antique car dealer. Yeah, right. As you’d expect, Dan gets pulled into a mission that “no one can handle besides him” which is how these things always seem to begin. He ends up in Kabul seeking revenge for his old partner—and also needs to track down an asset who’s carrying a memory card full of goodies that can ruin a lot of powerful people—and then ends up back in the states, with him and his family running for their lives and not knowing who they can trust.

There’s one item to note that is a pretty big book flaw, and I’m surprised it got by the editors. There’s a page in the story were Dan is talking to a young boy named Zalmay in Kabul; to that point, Zalmay had been working closely with Dan’s former partner, Cougar, for months. Dan and Zalmay were talking, and Dan said, “…I want you to tell me what you and Cougar were doing in Kandahar before he died.” Which, by the nature of the sentence, lets Zalmay know that Cougar is dead. But six pages later, it reads as follows:  “…Just one more thing.” Morgan knew that this would be a shock to the young man, and so he had waited to tell him. Morgan turned down the radio. The gaudy pop music played in stark context to the solemnity of the moment. “Did you know that Cougar was found dead in Kandahar?” Zalmay looked at him with wide, pitiful eyes. “No,” he whispered. “It cannot be.”

Hey, none of us are perfect, but I found myself thinking – You just told him that Cougar was dead six pages ago. Despite that, the book was very good—full of chase scenes, shootouts, assassination attempts, high-speed chases, hand-to-hand combat, and some good old fashioned thinking. So even though there was one big boo boo, I’d recommend it for some quick and suspenseful entertainment. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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