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The Unknown Soldier (Paperback)

Gerald Seymour

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ISBN 13: 978-1-58567-752-8
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Overlook
3/28/2006

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In the canon of espionage fiction, Gerald Seymour occupies a place of eminence all his own. Eric Ambler has described Seymour s novels as rare pleasures . . . considerable novels that are also superb thrillers. Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, in the New York Times, praised Seymour s riveting debut Harry s Game as absorbing from beginning to end the sort of book that makes you lose track of time . . . More important, it makes you think about its subjects anew and see them with a fresher and broader perspective.

In The Unknown Soldier, based on the horrifying premise of an Al Quaeda terrorist who convinces his captors that he is a simple taxi driver and is mistakenly released from the prison compounds at Guantanamo Bay, Seymour demonstrates his trademark ability to weave stunningly intricate and engrossing plots from the drama of current international events and has created his most riveting and suspenseful novel yet, reestablishing his status as one of the world s most accomplished and spellbinding writers of popular fiction.

Hidden in the vastness of the world s greatest desert the Empty Quarter of Saudi Arabia a tiny caravan of fugitives and camels moves slowly toward its goal. In extreme heat and exposed to cruelly vicious storms, they cross a wilderness in which only the strongest and most determined can survive. Deep in the sands, lost from sight, are the men they seek, the leaders of Al Quaeda, regrouping to strike again. One man in the caravan stands out. His strength and self-imposed discipline mark him. To look into his face and memorize it is to court death. His identity is masked, his past blanketed from memory. His utter command of himself has enabled him to foil his interrogators and obtain his release, and it is this quality that makes him an unspeakably dangerous weapon. What drives him into the brutal harshness of the desert is his obsessive quest to rejoin his family the leadership of Al Quaeda and his loyalty to the family is total. For them, he will kill without mercy and without conscience. But first he must reach them and be briefed on his target.

Searching for him in the limitless sands are American and British experts in counter-terrorism with a full range of sophisticated electronics at their service. Above him, quartering the desert, is the unmanned Predator aircraft, invisible in the cloudless skies and carrying Hellfire missiles. But he is no easy prey. If they fail to find and kill him, if he reaches his family and receives his orders, the Outsider will disappear again, before re-emerging in a teeming western city with a suitcase bomb that will create the ultimate devastation when detonated.

Praise for The Unknown Soldier:

A clever, informed, and worldly cynical story about arrogance, obsession, and tragedy. The Times

A genuinely exciting epic . . . this novel has a truly memorable final chapter . . . entertaining. The Independent

Praise for Gerald Seymour:

Not since the arrival of John le Carr has the emergence of an international suspense novelist been as stunning as that of Gerald Seymour. Los Angeles Times Book Review

"The three British masters of suspense, Graham Greene, Eric Ambler and John le Carr , have been joined by a fourth Gerald Seymour." The New York Times

Gerald Seymour spent fifteen years as an international television news reporter, covering the Vietnam War, Ireland, the Munich Olympics massacre, Germany's Red Army, Italy's Red Brigades, and Palestinian groups. He is the author of seventeen novels, many of them international bestsellers. He lives in Bath, England.

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