By Stephen Hunter
A moment chance...
In the windswept sands of the center East, Paul Chardy fought facet by way of facet with Ulu Beg: one, a charismatic, high-strung CIA covert warrior, the opposite a ferocious freedom fighter. Then Chardy fell into the palms of the enemy, and Beg used to be betrayed. Now the 2 males are approximately to fulfill again.
A moment gun...
Beg has come over the Mexican border below a hail of bullets--determined to assassinate a number one American political determine and avenge his people's betrayal. The CIA wishes Chardy to prevent the hit. Chardy desires to keep Beg's life.
Between the 2 males is a sad previous, a failed project, and a lady who knew them in war--and who is familiar with their secrets and techniques now. Around either males is a conspiracy of lies and violence that reaches again to the chilly War. But as Beg strikes in for his kill and as Chardy breaks free from his handlers, a poor fact starts to emerge: someplace, a person wishes either males to die.
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We came visiting the crest. The land right here used to be scorched. not anything grew. For miles and miles it appeared useless. there has been no crops, no whatever. It was once the defoliated sector the place the Iraqis had poured chemical poisons in the world to avoid border crossings and resupply from Iran. I appeared and will see the place a movement were cemented over. We went forward. If a Russian aircraft or helicopter got here and stuck us within the open, we’d be killed. nonetheless, we didn’t have the luxurious of looking forward to dusk. We picked our means via this desert until eventually finally, a number of hours later, i'll see the twine fence and the border station—and eco-friendly vegetation back. The station used to be a low cinderblock construction, with the Shah’s flag billowing on a pole close to it. there have been numerous army automobiles parked there too. We raced to the gate. that they had noticeable us coming and have been prepared. The officer accountable was once a tender significant of very stiff and proper bearing. His identify used to be significant Mejhati—he wore it proudly on a tag at the chest of his conflict tunic. His uniform was once seriously starched. He requested me in Farsi if i used to be an American. I stated convinced. He suggestion I regarded American, even supposing i used to be dressed like a Kurd. He were in the United States for a yr and knew what American ladies gave the look of. I defined to him that a hundred humans will be coming presently, that a few have been wounded, a few have been teenagers and all have been hungry and exhausted. They have been being pursued by means of Iraqis in Russian tanks, I instructed him. He requested me what a part of the US i used to be from. I don’t comprehend why he requested that. besides I advised him. He thought of Boston a stunning city. He advised me that he’d been to a couple military collage in Kansas. He advised me he fairly loved the United States, the US was once a really nice kingdom and that he needed Iran used to be extra like the USA. i used to be afraid we’d be there for hours. Iranians like to speak and crawl. They hate to be faced with an exact truth. Then he requested if those Kurds have been of the Pesh Merga, the mountain warring parties creating a struggle opposed to the Iraqis. I acknowledged sure. He stated they can admit no Kurds. It was once a brand new coverage. He acknowledged he will be blissful to have me come into his state however it was once a brand new coverage and the border was once now closed to the Pesh Merga. I wasn’t certain I’d understood him. i assumed I’d misheard. I wasn’t certain what he used to be conversing approximately. i attempted to get my composure again. “There’s an arrangement,” I acknowledged. “Between the governments. among my executive and your govt and the Pesh Merga. ” “There isn't any arrangement,” he stated. a number of of his officials and infantrymen had their weapons out and came to visit to us. They checked out us rudely. I pointed to Ulu Beg. I do not forget that I acknowledged, “This guy is known. this can be the well-known Ulu Beg. he's a excessive officer within the Pesh Merga. ” significant Mejhati acknowledged the yank woman was once loose to return into his nation yet that the Kurd used to be now not. He acknowledged he’d have his males shoot if the Kurd didn’t stream clear of the border. I advised him there were an American officer with us, a big guy, with excessive connections in Tehran …. yet they instructed us that each one the american citizens have been long past.