Ben Williams isn’t a young man anymore. In his late forties, he’s not old either. He prefers a little excitement in his life, but has resigned himself to the fact he’ll eventually ride a desk at the CIA headquarters in Langley. He proves he’s still got the right stuff when a message comes from an old friend in Egypt.
Ferran Anwar’s cousin, Zaina, has been thrown into an Egyptian prison as a political dissident. A college professor, she has started a grassroots movement against the government. The Istiqbal-Tora prison, where she is being held, isn’t known for its delicate treatment of political prisoners. Ferran rightly fears for her life. He begs Williams to rescue her and get both Zaina and Ferran out of Egypt.
Williams accepts the challenge – with the tacit permission of his boss. Allowing Ben Williams to ‘go on vacation’, Ezekial Thrasher condones the mission – without official sanction.
First Bayonet is a hard hitting, fast paced, action novella of the first order. It gives a realistic, but not too graphic, look inside an Egyptian prison, showing it to be far different from our own. I really enjoyed First Bayonet. The fight scenes are exciting and the action vividly described. The reader feels the plight of the characters, cheering their progress, wanting them to succeed. (I even found myself booing the bad guys a couple times.)
I highly recommend First Bayonet to anyone who loves a good military action/ suspense story. It’s a great thrill ride from start to finish.
Currently being retooled, First Bayonet will be available in September 2012
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