- ISBN 9780007178735 / 0007178735
- Title The Spoils of War
- Author Gordon Kent
- Category Thriller / Suspense
- Format Paperback
- Year 2008
- Pages 458
- Publisher HarperCollins UK
- Imprint Harper
- Language English
- Dimensions 112mm x 33mm x 173mm
An exhilarating tale of modern espionage and adventure featuring US Navy intelligence officer Alan Craik.
An exhilarating tale of modern espionage and adventure featuring US Navy intelligence officer Alan Craik. In Tel Aviv, Commander Alan Craik, a US Navy veteran agrees to check out the death of a former Navy enlisted employee. He plans to be out the door and on to his real work in half an hour. But the task quickly turns dangerous, and what should have been a routine investigation becomes something very ugly. Nominal American allies in Israel withhold or alter information; nominal colleagues at home set up their own operation to satisfy the political needs of Washington; a wife betrays her husband and deceit and distrust prove to be the only common denominator. When Mike Dukas, a dogged, cynical special agent of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service joins the investigation, it leads them all from Tel Aviv to Gaza and the Greek island of Lesvos to Jerry Piat, a renegade CIA officer. With agents of Mossad and the Palestinian Authority always close behind them, Alan Craik demands the answers to some far-reaching questions. What are the rules in modern conflict? Where is honour? And what is the cost of telling the truth?
Kent knows his subject at first hand and the expertise shows on the page: high stakes, pounding tension and the best dogfights put on paper. A lot of thrillers these days, you come away feeling like you've been in a simulator. Gordon Kent straps you into the real thing. Enjoy the ride!' IAN RANKIN, on Night Trap 'Flying, spying and dying — Night Trap is the real straight Navy stuff. Better strap yourself to the chair. I loved it.' STEPHEN COONTS 'Tom Clancy used to have the high-tech military thriller stakes all to himself but now Gordon Kent has entered the field, and how. There's action on all fronts with Alan Craik at the heart of it, whether it's a carrier group in the Med confronting a rogue Russian sub commander, mounting a rescue mission for a captured CIA agent in Africa, or helping combat a high-level conspiracy in Washington. Non-stop ! a smoking gun of a story.' Northern Echo, on Peacemaker 'Told with all the authority of inside knowledge ! an absorbing tale of international skulduggery.' Irish News, on Peacemaker 'Consistently excellent ! loaded with gunfights, snappy dialogue and the aerial hijinks of supersonic jet fighters. The high testosterone doses satisfy, but best is the complex and clever web of motive Kent weaves for the mole.' Publishers Weekly, on Top Hook
Gordon Kent is the pseudonym of a father-and-son writing team, both of whom have extensive personal experience in the US Navy. Both are former Intelligence officers and both served as aircrew. The son earned his Observer wings in S-3 Vikings during the Gulf conflict. After service in the Mediterranean, Persian Gulf, Pacific and Africa, he left active duty in 1999.