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by Mark Sullivan
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Minotaur, 2013 (2011)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Once a high level CIA operative, Robin Monarch walked away one day, after he saw something he shouldn't have on a dubious operation in Turkey. He barely escaped with his life and never looked back - we wonder why. Now we see him playing Robin Hood, stealing from the uber-wealthy in St. Tropez to support needy orphans near Buenos Aires.

But his ex-boss, CIA covert ops chief Jack Slattery, who has been taking orders from outside the Agency all along, still has plans for Monarch, related to something called Green Fields. Slattery puts a play in motion to subtly manipulate Monarch to obtain what he needs, endangering an innocent, Monarch's girlfriend Lacey.

In response, Monarch, a natural-born criminal, pulls together an A team of his previous associates (all removed from the action by Slattery) to do the latter's bidding and rescue the hostage from a ruthless Russian Mafia leader. Mission Impossible style action ensues before they acquire the very dangerous package that Slattery and his associates in high places are after - will Monarch give it up to them?

James Rollins calls Mark Sullivan (co-author with James Patterson of Private Games) 'A Jason Bourne for the new millennium!' The comparison is apt - I hope it extends to the novel being made into an action movie; Rogue would be a winner.

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