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Achilles Heel
     

Achilles Heel

by Sean Flannery
 

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U.S. military defense analyst Bill Lane is on the trail of a Russian sub that was to be harmlessly scuttled. An ex-KGB agent who masterminds the theft is supposed to be dead. But Lane will have to prepare himself for one more surprise when he finally tracks down his target and faces an opponent.

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U.S. military defense analyst Bill Lane is on the trail of a Russian sub that was to be harmlessly scuttled. An ex-KGB agent who masterminds the theft is supposed to be dead. But Lane will have to prepare himself for one more surprise when he finally tracks down his target and faces an opponent.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Top-flight adventure writer Flannery brings back U.S. military intelligence analyst Bill Lane and his lover, British agent Frannie Shipley, this time hot on the trail of an old Russian submarine, which is said to have been sunk with all hands but has in fact been sold to unfriendly powers. While Lane (perhaps the best-dressed espionage agent since James Bond) tries to locate the sub and identify the purchaser, he and Frannie must also deal with Valeri Yernin, a psychopathic Russian assassin who has sworn to kill them both in revenge for a previous mission they foiled. The scenes shift swiftly among Switzerland, London, the Channel Islands and the sub's ever-changing locations as it slides underwater toward its mysterious destination. Plenty of shoot-em-ups set the stage for the final violent confrontation between Yernin, Lane and Frannie (herself no mean markswoman), capped by a final explosive submarine event. As in the previous Bill Lane adventures (Winner Take All and Kilo Option), the good guys are sympathetic and responsible and even most of the bad guys have some humanity. One hopes we'll be seeing more of Bill and Frannie. (Aug.)
Kirkus Reviews
More suave than Bond and just as death-proof, brainy, and with a touch more brawn, Bill Lane of the National Security Agency (Kilo Option, 1996, etc.) once more takes on ex-KGB assassin Valeri Yernin ("the Surgeon"), who's less dead than was once thought. The Barents Sea is the graveyard of Russian nuclear reactors and ships no longer serviceable. But when a Romeo-class diesel-electric sub is 'accidentally' scuttled there with no survivors yet actually seems to be on its way to Morocco for sale to Sierra Leone'or perhaps to a country even closer to the US'Lane attempts to divert the sale and offers a Russian diplomat in Washington twice the price suggested by the enemy. Yernin, meanwhile, vows to kill Lane, knowing that his Achilles' heel is Lane's fellow spy and fiancee Francis Shipley, a lieutenant commander in the British Navy and liaison between the SIS and CIA intelligence communities. Disguised as Vandemeer, a South African with a letter of credit for 100 million pounds sterling, Lane flies to London and dickers with the Russians. Yernin arrives as well. Is the assassin now finding Russians who have illegally salted money away in offshore banks, killing them, then draining their accounts? Lane himself has an $8 million inheritance, which keeps him in fawn-colored, hand-tailored Italian silk suits, Hermes ties, cashmere sweaters, Gucci loafers'or hand-sewn half boots'and the best Dom Perignon, with Francis telling him, "My God, you're gorgeous.' Yernin bungles his first attack on Lane and Francis. A second attempted assassination also fails. Then Yernin kidnaps Francis and flies her off to the Western Sahara, straps a Semtex bomb to her leg, and awaits the arrival of Lane. Fastand amusing. If Flannery (a.k.a. David Hagberg) has any luck, his hero could rise to the top as a Bond clone.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312857721
Publisher:
Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date:
07/01/1998
Series:
Bill Lane Series , #3
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.45(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.15(d)

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