The Coyote Cried Twice
(Arbor House, 1985)
Pursued by crooks, Bill Buchanan, a former helicopter pilot in Vietnam, takes a job on a ranch in West Texas, and inadvertently discovers a huge drug smuggling operation.
“This bold, blistering novel goes beyong the Iraqi-American conflict to reveal the hearts of soldiers everywhere.”
“This is a gritty tale with an ethical core, neatly executed.”
–The Weekly Standard
“The Wrong Side of Brightness is a taut, suspense-filled thriller with real characters and serious implications about the war on terror we find ourselves in.”
When the Desert Storm conflict was declared over, U.S. soldier Peter Ford was ordered to stand by and watch as the Iraqi Republican Guard continued to commit horrific acts against its own people. But now, four years later, Peter Ford is no longer a soldier-and his former superior officer is no longer alive. Roberto Garza’s murder has helped convince him that not even Washington can tell him right from wrong. And moving through the chaotic and ruthless world of postwar Iraq, Ford is making a new choice-to hunt down the men responsible for his nightmare, and find out the truth for himself…
“Here’s a techno-thriller that gets up and runs. Charged with a wry sense of humor and an attitude that gives the prose a special punch.”
“To me a chainsaw is a highly technical machine, but Austin Bay’s prose serves up hi-tech suspense in this fast and futuristic novel, which will keep those of use who are normally satisfied with less on the edge of our BarcaLoungers right up to the last page.”
“[This] is a fascinating tale, one eerie and high-tech step beyond tomorrow’s headlines and the next crisis on CNN. The book has an unusual mood of haunting suspense. It’s a great read and I couldn’t put it down.”
-Larry Bond, author of Red Phoenix and Cauldron
A psychic assassin is sent to kill the president in this futuristic technothriller. n the near future, mental warfare has become the weapon of choice and the gifted have learned how to probe minds by channeling their psychic powers.
Enter Texas multibillionaire Coleman O. Mosley, a corporate tyrant intent on assassinating the president. He finds his assassin in a powerful government organization known as “The Shop” — a kind of psychic CIA — pulling the reluctant Wes Hardin, their best operative, out of retirement. In a war of twisted minds and tangled motives, the ultimate outcome will surprise even the ablest player.
Carey Hawkins is an unusual assassin. Highly skilled with a sniper rifle, he is also armed with extraordinary psychic powers, which he employs to devastating effect in this spooky, if murkily plotted, techno-thriller from Bay (The Coyote Cried Twice; A Quick and Dirty Guide to War). Hawkins, who narrates, acts as a disturbingly amoral agent of The Shop, a psychic special-ops division of the CIA. Reluctantly brought out of retirement, he is assigned to infiltrate the security network of a paranoid Texas billionaire, Coleman O. Mosley. The Shop knows Mosley plans to assassinate the U.S. president, but Hawkins is unsure of the purpose of his mission. Is he to foil Mosley’s plot or assist it? Once on the billionaire’s payroll as a hired gun, Hawkins is tested in bloody shoot-outs in Bosnia and Somalia as Mosley prepares him for the ultimate rub-out. The climax to all this mayhem is surprising and shocking, if not quite satisfying. Bay lays down his story in cool, lean prose that’s as tough as his protagonist, who’s plenty tough. If, in battle, brain is superior to brawn, then the Rogue Warrior has met his match here, and then some.
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