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The protagonist is Brendan Buchanan. He also goes by other names - Potter, Crawford, Block, Davis - in fact, over two hundred others. A member of a special-operations until so covert it may as well be run by ghosts, Buchanan is a master of impersonation, a specialist in assuming false identities. But now his unique gifts - and desperate pathology - threaten to destroy him. The beginning of his nightmare occurs in Cancun, Mexico, where Buchanan's latest alias is brutally unmasked. Racing through a torturous escape...
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Overview

The protagonist is Brendan Buchanan. He also goes by other names - Potter, Crawford, Block, Davis - in fact, over two hundred others. A member of a special-operations until so covert it may as well be run by ghosts, Buchanan is a master of impersonation, a specialist in assuming false identities. But now his unique gifts - and desperate pathology - threaten to destroy him. The beginning of his nightmare occurs in Cancun, Mexico, where Buchanan's latest alias is brutally unmasked. Racing through a torturous escape route, he is shocked to discover that his controllers will no longer give him a new identity. For the first time in eight years, he will have to be himself. But after spending so much time assuming different identities, he no longer knows who he is. Suddenly, he receives a mysterious postcard, a coded, unmistakable plea for help. Its source is Juana Mendez, a former partner who had posed as his wife six years earlier, countless missions ago. In his quest for Juana, Buchanan is thrust into a stark wilderness of mirrors and faced with a harrowing conspiracy. Yet he finds the unreadable maze of his own mind as dangerous as the harsh, chilling world that assails him from without. His partner in the search is Holly McCoy, a reporter whose beauty is matched only by her determination to penetrate Buchanan's multilayered psychological armor and write her subject's real story. Seeking one woman, while inexorably drawn to another, Buchanan relentlessly follows a seductive but deadly trail from Key West to New Orleans, from San Antonio to Mexico City. Ultimately, he will find the truth about Juana, and even the truth about himself - if he can survive.

From the author of The Covenant of the Flame and The Fifth Profession. Brendan Buchanan is an undercover intelligence operative who has impersonated more than 200 people in the last eight years. But now his multi-personality occupation threatens to destroy him.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The creator of Rambo and author of the bestselling The Fifth Profession has not lost his touch; this is a thrill-a-minute adventure novel. During his career as an undercover Army Special Operations agent, Brendan Buchanan has taken on more than 200 assumed identities. But when his cover is blown on a drug sting in Mexico, he is forced back on the identity he knows the least--his own. Buchanan receives a desperate SOS from Juana Mendez, the operative who posed years before as his wife. Determined to save her, Buchanan travels across the U.S. and ultimately back to Mexico accompanied by fearless, sexy Washington Post reporter Holly McCoy, who knows a lot about covert operations and is planning a feature on Buchanan. During their travels, they uncover a bizarre tale of a missing opera diva, her billionaire industrialist lover and his plot to destroy ancient Mayan ruins in order to exploit the world's greatest untapped oilfield. With all the action of a James Bond adventure and just a dash of the melancholy of John le Carre, this is a terrific suspense thriller, but it will probably be even more satisfying on the silver screen where the novel's lack of emotional or intellectual resonance will be subsumed in the highly kinetic adventure. Major ad/promo; movie rights to Universal; BOMC alternate. Sept.
Joe Collins
Remember the good, old-fashioned secret-agent novel? It's become a lot more sophisticated since the Bond-crazed 1960s, most notably in acknowledging its heroes as mere mortals complete with deep and sometimes dark psychological problems. Morrell, creator of the wildly popular and troubled John Rambo, here introduces Brendan Buchanan, an American spy who specializes in changing his identity. No, there's no plastic surgery; rather, Buchanan is a government "method" actor, actually becoming the characters he's assigned to portray. Unfortunately, failing to alter his features causes him to be recognized by someone from a previous assignment, and the chain of events that follows makes him a target not only of the bad guys but maybe the American government as well. Aided only by his wits and a pesky reporter who eventually becomes his love interest, Buchanan uses his various identities to infiltrate a truly dastardly plan by the bad guy, Professor Alistair Drummond. While battling evildoers, Buchanan also fights the ghosts of his past, a past he's tried to escape by constantly changing his identity. This is a fast-paced, entertaining thriller with an intriguing central character, a plot loaded with twists and turns, and an open-ended conclusion that suggests this is the first of a series about Buchanan and his reporter-lover, Holly McCoy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780831753719
  • Publisher: Smithmark Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1900

Meet the Author

David Morrell is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-eight books, including his award-winning Creepers. Co-founder of the International Thrillers Writers Organization, he is considered by many to be the father of the modern action novel. To learn more, go to www.davidmorrell.net.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2006

    Great book!

    This was my first David Morrell book, and I was not dissapointed. The story line really captivates you, draws you in, and keeps your attention. I could hardly put it down! I also liked the fact that the audience doesn't know what's REALLY going on untill the end. The main character was captivating, and amazing at what he does! I was a little dissapointed with the end, I thought it could have had a more creative, less 'out there' ending, but it did fit with the story, and I can see why he chose to end it that way. Overall, I was VERY pleased with this book! I highly reccommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2004

    VERY NICE!

    I'VE BEEN READING ALOT OF DAN BROWN LATELY, AND JUST HAPPENED TO SEE MORRELL'S BOOK ON THE CART AT THE LIBRARY. I READ THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE MANY YEARS AGO, AND AFTER READING THIS ONE, I'M GLAD TO BE REUNITED WITH MR. MORRELL'S WRITING! I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN FOR VERY LONG. IT'S ALWAYS HARD TO END A GOOD BOOK, AND DAVID'S ENDING IS JUST THAT. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO READING MANY MORE OF DAVID'S BOOKS!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2001

    Excellent Reading

    This was the first book I had read by Mr. Morrell and it was fantastic. The intrigue had me completely captivated. I couldn't put the book down until I completed it. Warning, once you start it you will not want to stop until it is finished.

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