The Second Saladin

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The Second Saladin

By Stephen Hunter

Island, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780440221869, 496pp.

Publication Date: April 3, 1998

A second chance...
In the windswept sands of the Middle East, Paul Chardy fought side by side with Ulu Beg: one, a charismatic, high-strung CIA covert warrior, the other a ferocious freedom fighter.Then Chardy fell into the hands of the enemy, and Beg was betrayed.Now the two men are about to meet again.
A second gun...
Beg has come over the Mexican border under a hail of bullets--determined to assassinate a leading American political figure and avenge his people's betrayal.The CIA wants Chardy to stop the hit.Chardy wants to save Beg's life.
Between the two men is a tragic past, a failed mission, and a woman who knew them in war--and who knows their secrets now.Around both men is a conspiracy of lies and violence that reaches back to the Cold War.But as Beg moves in for his kill and as Chardy breaks loose from his handlers, a terrible truth begins to emerge: somewhere, someone wants both men to die.

About the Author
Stephen Hunter is the author of seven novels, including "Black Light, Dirty White Boys, Point of Impact, The Master Sniper, " and "Tapestry of Spies, " as well as the nonfiction book "Violent Screen: A Critic's 13 Years on the Front Lines of Movie Mayhem."After twenty-five years at the "Baltimore Sun, " Hunter is now the film critic at "The Washington Post." The father of two children, he lives in Baltimore, Maryland."

Praise For The Second Saladin

"The best straight-up thriller writer at work today."
--Rocky Mountain News

"Only a handful of writers today can match hunter for imagination and the ability to make a reader's adrenaline rush."
--Daily News ( N.Y.)

"Great entertainment...intelligent, realistic, spellbinding."
--Ron Hansen, author of Atticus