As U.S. troops prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan, and the Taliban is poised to take over, the CIA calls upon the Austrian aristocrat Malko Linge to execute a dangerous and delicate plan to restore stability to the region.
On the ground in Kabul, Malko reconnects with an old flame and hires a South African mercenary to assist with his mission. But Malko doesn't know whom he can trust. His every move is monitored by President Karzai's entourage, Taliban leaders, a seductive American journalist--and a renegade within the CIA itself. Before he can pull off his plan, Malko is kidnapped and nearly killed. When he finally manages to escape, he finds himself alone and running for his life in a hostile city.
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“Narrator Nicholas Guy Smith’s
accent and enunciation make listening a pleasure. Often compared to the James
Bond series, de Villiers’s thrillers are known for their extensive displays of
spy craft and geopolitics that reflect current political and military events.
Smith’s pacing and rhythm match the action, whether shoot-outs or explicit sex
scenes. Using slight changes in intonation and timbre to differentiate gender
and nationality, Smith shifts distinctly between diverse characters as Linge, an
Austrian aristocrat under contract with the CIA, attempts to survive in Kabul
as American forces withdraw from Afghanistan.”