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Shadow War: A Tom Locke Novel    by Sean McFate & Bret Witter order for
Shadow War
by Sean McFate
Order:  USA  Can
William Morrow, 2016 (2016)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Employed by a private military company that handles sensitive projects round the globe, Tom Locke is handed the task of overseeing a top-secret black op in the Ukraine.

Given the unbelievably tight timeline of just seven days, Locke is going to have to rescue a businessman's family, followed by launching an assault that will not only move the billionaire to the top of the political pecking order but perhaps also place him in the country's highest office.

Complicating the assignment, which is already more of a challenge than Locke is prepared to deal with, is Brad Winters. Locke's double-dealing boss seems to be playing his own high stakes powerbroking game involving the job, and Locke will be in jeopardy if the clients involved get wind of his sneaking plotting.

Finally, when he arrives in Kiev to assemble his team, Locke runs into a former girlfriend. Reporter Alie MacFarlane smells a story; plus the two haven't yet got over their past relationship. As she rekindles their affair and tries to get a handle on her lover's assignment, Alie creates a situation that places both their lives at risk.

This international thriller charges ahead at a breakneck pace that will keep the reader not only totally engaged in the story but also marveling at the insight that the authors bring to the adventure. The first of the Tom Locke series, Shadow War promises a wealth of insights into the modern warfare and espionage sectors that Sean McFate is intimately familiar with.

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