PLA General Zhao. Master of betrayal Year Of The Rat
Srey An, Killed tragically by Chinese triads
attempting to kill David Anderson East Of Egypt
Ming Li, David's last hope of finding true love drowned in the south Pacific while escaping with David from General Zhou
Year Of The Rat
Poppy field harvest Kachin, Myanmar the Golden Triangle East Of Egypt
Sudeten Jews board cattle cars headed for Auschwitz The Lebensborn Experiment
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EAST OF EGYPT
One of America’s supposed secrets becomes the backdrop of this thriller.
It has long been rumored that the CIA used raw opium to finance covert operations against the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War. In this tale, the CIA recruits botanist Bill Murphy, just out of college, to help the agency produce opium in the area of Southeast Asia known as the “Golden Triangle.” When the policy of Vietnamization catches Bill by surprise, he gets rescued by Special Ops soldier David Anderson, the man who will become his partner for life. After the CIA leaves Bill high and dry a second time, in Afghanistan, he and David become “producers,” converting the raw opium into 99 percent pure China White heroin, which they supply to the triad network in Hong Kong, to be distributed worldwide. Bill handles the product while David takes care of the finances. But after a time, it becomes obvious that someone in the triad wants to displace them from the supply chain. The pair ends up on the radar of the U.S. military’s drug-eradication mission as well. The two decide to strike back after friends and loved ones are killed. They pit the triad and the military against each other and escape. But their plan to sail off into the sunset on their superyacht fails because there are too many people who still want them dead. As David tells Bill: “Every time we relax and start to feel normal, we will constantly be looking at our sixes, because they will always be one step behind us and forever in our shit.” So they undertake one last mission. Grant (Mahdi, 2016, etc.) impressively brings readers inside a dark, dirty world of drugs and money. The author has created likable antiheroes in Bill and David, who belatedly grow consciences. The danger-packed novel is well-researched with plenty of details, especially about the military gear being employed. One drawback is the book could have used more thorough editing, with capitalization and punctuation errors throughout inhibiting the generally smooth-flowing narrative (for example, “He loved anything related to plant life was already accustomed to the humidity in Michigan and he didn’t ask a lot of questions”). But overall, this is an absorbing, heart-wrenching tale.
An engrossing look at two morally ambivalent men confronting foes who are greedier and deadlier than they are.
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A novel blends espionage, retribution, and economics.
In this sequel to East of Egypt (2009), the author literally resurrects David Anderson, a longtime Special Forces operative and financial wizard. David had been left for dead by a CIA assassin after his mentor, Bill Murphy, and his lover Srey An were killed in the same duplicitous mission. A cardiac surgeon–turned-monk saves David’s life. The monk’s brother is Gen. Zhao, an ambitious military leader in China. Zhao takes advantage of David’s thirst for revenge and unique skill set to inflict fiscal ruin not only on the CIA, but also the United States itself, which the general blames for the death of his son. After Zhao uses—then kills—David’s contacts in this venture, the protagonist vows vengeance. As he explains to Ming Li, Zhao’s former aide and David’s new lover, the general remains a meticulous adversary: “Zhao kills as though he is moving chess pieces and eliminating people is of no greater consequence than removing chess pieces that threaten his King.” Initially, David gets assistance from the Americans and the Russians, but changing leadership results in them pursuing the hero as well. Still, David uses his brains, muscle, and drive as he attempts to complete his operation.
In his narrative, Grant (The Lebensborn Experiment, 2011, etc.) makes effective use of regulatory loopholes in the mid-2000s that allow Zhao to rain monetary havoc on America. The taut thriller is almost a cautionary tale for today’s less-regulated economy. In this second volume of the series, David continues his evolution, as his two lovers have introduced him to Buddhism’s tenets, some of which, especially karma, he takes to heart. This spiritual turn raises the question of what’s next for a man who has been so immersed in violence for much of his adult life. One of the story’s drawbacks is that Zhao and, to a lesser degree, the Russian intelligence chief, Dmitri Vasiliev, are rather one-dimensional. In addition, in David’s brutal world, intriguing characters fall way too quickly. But the author has shown the ability to create believable new players to populate his series. So it’s a safe bet that Grant will forge a strong cast for his next installment.
The author delivers another top-notch thriller, full of colorful characters, financial schemes, and exotic backdrops.
THE LEBENSBORN EXPERIMENT
Grant (Year of the Rat, 2011, etc.) weaves a well-researched, fictionalized account of what it was like being a victim of Hitler’s eugenics campaign.
This novel focuses on Finnish twins Kaarle and Laila Tuuri, whose mother, Aamu, dies during their birth. With their fair skin, blond hair, and blue eyes, the twins are visions of Aryan perfection. Their father, Ahti, has no idea how to raise a girl, so he sends Laila off to live with her aunt in Norway. Her father has Kaarle trained to become one of Finland’s famed ski soldiers, and he spends much of the war harassing first the Russians, then the Germans. Laila isn’t as lucky: she gets captured by the Nazis and is chosen as a guinea pig for Mengele’s eugenics experiments. Throughout the novel, Kaarle seeks to recover his extended family while lending his military expertise to the fight against the Axis, wherever they may be. Grant impressively details conditions at the concentration camps and the eugenics labs, painting a true portrait of what was happening in the conquered territories: “Now that Nordic populations have fallen before the SS,” a Norwegian geneticist muses, “Lebensborn can emerge as an involuntary assembly line until the Aryan empire is complete.” The big blocks of text are sometimes tough to navigate, but the narrative doesn’t overwhelm readers with technical descriptions. While making clear the pain these victims experience, Grant artfully gives faces to the depraved victims of the Nazi juggernaut fueled by a madman’s dream. As a rabbi in a concentration camp explains, “In a mere month you will see brothers and sisters agreeing to become spies against each other for an extra ladle of soup each day.”
A meticulous, sometimes-brutal look back at a terrible time.
THE LEBENSBORN EXPERIMENT
By Leo Farnsworth on April 22, 2010
This book tears at your heart strings. A family is ripped apart at birth while the ominous storm of World War Two hovers along the horizon waiting to pull all of mankind into its vortex. Grant takes you on a historically precise adventure into the viscera of Hitler's "Forced Sterilization" program. Grant describes Hitlers manipulation of the American and British Eugenics movement to explain how the monsters of the National Socialist
Party were able to move their agenda from creating camps to separate the Jews from their Gentile population straight to massive genocide. Grant had me Googling at certain points when the truth really did seem stranger than fiction only to discover that he did his homework. Hitler's Eugenics program, run closely by Heinrich Himmler really did round up thousands of Norwegian women to use as surrogates to create Hitler's coveted Aryan race. Grant was able to maintain historical chronology while spinning a nail biter that produces action on almost every page. I'm hoping for a sequel soon.
By Jason Bergstrom on July 28, 2014
I'm a history buff, always have been. This book takes you on an amazing roller coaster ride through the war torn regions of Europe. It trails a man named Kaarle who would be considered a hero in all respects. The storyline is consisten and well written. You may want to have a bit of knowledge on WWII before reading. If not this book will still surely entice you onto the next page, begging you not to put it down.
The author does a great job of mixing fictional scenarios with non-fiction to create a storyline that will have you teared up on one page, and smiling the next. I would wholeheartedy recommend this book to anyone that considers themselves a History nerd or Book Worm willing to sink their brains into something that can never be repeated again.
EAST OF EGYPT
Steven J. Smith on June 6, 2009
This is the best book since Da Vinci Code. Normally I read books in my spare time which I don't usually have much of since I'm married with kids. Once I picked this book up, I couldn't put it down. This was Fiction? I was willing to believe that this could be based on a true story, I was completely hooked. This book has all one could ask for in a best seller. I expect this one to climb the charts fast. I found myself wishing it wouldn't end, it was so well written. Any chance you can make this a movie????? Loved it... 10 thumbs up.
By Gus Mooney on May 24, 2009
I do not read books very often and when a friend recommended I read this one I did not really know what to expect. The book starts in almost non-fictional mode relating the involvement of the CIA in Asia and one of the many strengths of this novel is that it is very hard to determine what is fiction and what is reality. The action when it happens is fast-moving and breathtaking, interspersed with insightful perspectives on western and SE Asian society which is anything but politcally correct. The author is obviously very knowledgeable about his background facts and you feel yourself transported into the lush green world of the Mekong delta.
This book will appeal to everyone with a general interest in SE Asia and to men in particular. It is intelligent and well-written and far more than just an action suspense novel and has reawakened my interest in reading again. Thoroughly recommended.
By Paul Johnson on June 10, 2009
Get set for an exciting action thriller when you start out on East of Egypt, by Scott Grant. Set against the backdrop of the struggle for control of the illicit drug trade in S.E. Asia, the book is a fast paced and intelligently written historical fiction. The stage is set for the story as Grant gives the reader a broad overview of how the CIA, and other political and governmental organizations jockeyed for positions of power and influence in S.E. Asia's recent past. One of the great things about the novel is how it educates as it entertains. Interwoven throughout the story are many informative narrative passages which touch on such diverse topics as: the origin and evolution of the Chinese Triad societies, the operating procedures of elite military squads, and the causes behind the unrest in Thailand's southern provinces.
This book is highly recommended to anyone wanting the entertainment of a fast paced, hair-raising action thriller. Also highly recommended to those seeking insights into the contemporary culture of S.E. Asian society as well as a unique perspective into S.E. Asia's recent tumultuous past.
By Seumas MacLerich on July 7, 2009
Knowledge, Culture, Action & Emotion...its all in there, from start to end.
Scott Grant has put together a fantastic piece of work here, that pulls no punches and delivers a fast-paced journey through SE Asia with two fascinating lead characters in Bill and David.
I too had trouble seperating fact from fiction, which just adds to the overall appeal of the book. I gained insights into SE Asian cultures that I was not aware of before, as well as expanded my knowledge of CIA operations, military affairs and equipment and the underworld operations in Asia. Non-stop action and twists and turns in the storyline kept me glued to the book at every opportunity.
For those of you familiar with SE Asia, the book offers recognisable settings and events, that will draw you further and further into the storyline. For those of you less familiar with SE Asia, hold on to your seats, as you are brought in at the deep end, serving up a fantastic and emotional read.
By Leo Farnsworth on April 22, 2010
When I picked up the book "East Of Egypt" I thought I was in for a stale documentary, perhaps with an over done leftist axe to grind about the CIA's sordid history of regime changes in Vietnam. Of course there would be scandalous details about the CIA's notorious use of drugs to finance black operations. I wasn't ready for a rich and exciting perch on the shoulder of two wayward Americans who were exploited in South East Asia by the war, as well as the CIA and then abandoned to continue their CIA training and experience in a wild and dangerous tale of raw Asia as it really is. Grant delivers an historically accurate, adventure packed fictional account of what can happen when the government turns you into all that you can be and then abandons you to fend for yourself in accordance with its oft used admission that individuals are expendable. This story would make an excellent movie.
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