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By Frederick Forsyth

From the bestselling writer of The Day of the Jackal, international  master of intrigue Frederick Forsyth, comes a mystery that brilliantly  blends truth with fiction for one in every of this summer's--or any season's--most  explosive reads!

From the behind-the-scenes decision-making of the Allies to the key conferences of Saddam Hussein's battle cupboard, from the courageous American fliers operating their risky missions over Iraq to the heroic younger undercover agent planted deep within the middle of Baghdad, Forsyth's incomparable storytelling ability retains the suspense at a breakneck pace.  Somewhere in Baghdad is the mysterious "Jericho," the traitor who's willing--for a price--to exhibit what's going within the excessive councils of the Iraqi dictator.  But Saddam's final weapon has been stored mystery even from his such a lot relied on advisers, and the nightmare situation that haunts common Schwarzkopf and his colleagues is unexpectedly approaching, until one way or the other, the secret agent can find that weapon--The Fist of God--in time.

Peopled with bright characters, brilliantly showing Forsyth's incomparable, wisdom of intelligence operations and tradecraft, relocating again and forth
between Washington and London, Baghdad and Kuwait, barren region vastnesses and town bazaars, this breathtaking novel is an totally convincing tale of what may
actually have occurred in the back of the headlines.

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Kuwait, in the end, have been a fats pigeon prepared for the plucking. yet in six weeks, the pigeon had started to peck and scratch. Over 100 Iraqi infantrymen and 8 officials had both disappeared or been stumbled on useless. The disappearances couldn't all be defined by way of desertions. For the 1st time, the career forces have been experiencing worry. officials now not traveled in one employees motor vehicle yet insisted on a truckload of escorting troops. Headquarters structures needed to be guarded evening and day, to the purpose the place Iraqi officials had taken to firing over the heads in their slumbering sentries to wake them up. The nights had develop into sessions of no-go for something lower than a considerable troop stream. The roadblock groups huddled within their redoubts while darkness fell. And nonetheless the mines went off, the cars burst into flame or seized up with ruined engines, the grenades have been thrown, and the warriors disappeared with lower throats into sewers or rubbish dumps. The escalating resistance had compelled the excessive Command to switch the preferred military with the certain Forces, reliable struggling with troops who must have been on the entrance line in case the americans got here. Early October for Kuwait was once now not, to echo Churchill’s word, the start of the top, however it was once the tip of the start. Martin had no technique of replying to Al-Khalifa’s message whilst he learn it within the graveyard, so it used to be now not till day after today that he deposited his solution. He agreed to satisfy, he stated, yet on his personal phrases. To have the good thing about darkness yet to prevent the curfew at ten P. M. , he referred to as for a gathering at part previous seven. He gave special instructions as to the place Abu Fouad may still park his vehicle and the small grove of timber the place he might meet. where he indicated was once within the district of Abrak Kheitan, with reference to the most road from the town to the now shattered and unused airport. Martin knew it to be a space of conventional stone-built homes with flat roofs. On a kind of roofs he will be watching for hours ahead of the rendezvous to work out if the Kuwaiti officer used to be being and if that is so through whom: his personal bodyguards, or the Iraqis. In a adverse atmosphere, the SAS officer used to be nonetheless at huge and in wrestle simply because he took no percentages, none in any respect. He knew not anything of Abu Fouad’s idea of safeguard and used to be now not ready to imagine it was once incredible. He verified the assembly for the night of the 7th and left his answer underneath the marble slab. Ahmed Al-Khalifa retrieved it at the fourth. Dr. John Hipwell could by no means were taken in the course of an off-the-cuff assembly for a nuclear physicist, not to mention a kind of scientists who spent his operating days in the back of the large defense of the Atomic guns study institution at Aldermaston designing plutonium warheads for the soon-to-be-fitted Trident missiles. A passing observer may have assumed he was once a bluff domestic Counties farmer, extra at domestic leaning properly over a pen of fats lambs on the neighborhood marketplace than supervising the cladding of deadly disks of plutonium in 24-karat gold.

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