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Bodyguard of Lies
     

Bodyguard of Lies

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by Robert Doherty
 

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Who guards the world of covert operations? Enter the Cellar, a most secret spy organization hiding deep within the United States.

Two women become inextricably involved in a dangerous web of lies, intrigue, and betrayal as they fight for their lives and the safety of their country. Neeley is the lover and protégé of Gant, a Cellar operative, and is

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Who guards the world of covert operations? Enter the Cellar, a most secret spy organization hiding deep within the United States.

Two women become inextricably involved in a dangerous web of lies, intrigue, and betrayal as they fight for their lives and the safety of their country. Neeley is the lover and protégé of Gant, a Cellar operative, and is trying to both pick up the pieces of her life after Gant's death and unveil a mystery that Gant always held close to his chest. Hannah, a housewife, is equally lost after her husband simply disappears. They soon learn that the men in their lives shared a dangerous secret, one some very powerful people would shed blood to protect. Neeley and Hannah's chance meeting sets a decades-old plan into motion.

They couldn't come from more different worlds, but as they try to escape the people who seem determined to kill them, Hannah and Neeley discover they have at least one thing in common: they've both been living a lie.

Crisscrossing the globe, the women find themselves in a deadly game of survival, one that they must win in order to keep the United States safe not only from vicious acts of terror, but from its own powers that be. And if they ever hope to uncover the truth about the lovers they thought they knew, Neeley and Hannah first must learn the truth about themselves. But when the Cellar is involved, there is no such thing as coincidence, and the truth is always protected by a Bodyguard of Lies.

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Thelma and Louise go clandestine, in a first hardcover by veteran Doherty. Or make it Hannah and Neeley. These two resentful young women-cheated by love, cheated by life-are out to get back at . . . whatever. Start with Neeley. Her incredibly handsome and beloved Jean-Phillippe ("his name rolled through her brain with the accent she had acquired from her summers in France") asks her to deliver a package as she boards a plane for Berlin. That it contains a bomb indicates an unmistakable shortfall in his feelings for her. But superagent Tony Gant foils the deadly plot, rescuing Neeley in the process. Gant works for the Cellar, more sub rosa than the CIA. He trains Neeley, converts her into a killing machine. Cut to Hannah Masterson, a housewife whose easy, yuppie existence is suddenly in shambles. Her ex-spy husband has inexplicably deserted her, leaving her penniless and bewildered. Back to Neeley in the aftermath of Gant's lingering death. Gnomic even posthumously, Gant has bequeathed her a complex puzzle she must solve in order to survive an enemy both shadowy and implacable. Clues lead Neeley to Hannah, and the women rapidly bond. Hannah surprises all with certain latent superspy abilities. She can bash an assailant with whatever's handy, pull a trigger, fly a plane, and, in general, rise to any derring-do occasion. Turns out there's a videotape McGuffin that malodorous Senator Collins and others are ready to kill for. Hannah and Neeley race them for it. Mr. Nero, the blind genius-during WWII Gestapo torturers poked his eyes out-who has run the Cellar for six decades, deals himself a hand here but plays his cards so close to the vest even he might not know what his game is. Obligatorysanguinary showdown follows. Fate of the nation in the balance. Will the distaff spy team prevail? Guess. Standard plotting, labored prose, wait for his next.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765349903
Publisher:
Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date:
03/07/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.71(h) x 0.83(d)

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Meet the Author

ROBERT DOHERTY grew up in New York City, graduated from West Point and spent twenty years on active and reserve duty in the Infantry and Green Berets. Doherty has over thirty books published under his own name and four pen names. There are over two million copies of his books in print and he is published in a dozen foreign countries. His Area 51 books have been consistent USA Today Bestsellers. A screenplay based on Area 51 has been written by the same writer who wrote the screenplay for the hit science-fiction movie Alien. He lives in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

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Bodyguard of Lies 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Jamie_AC More than 1 year ago
I sat down to read this, expecting a complex puzzle that would keep me guessing right to the end. After the first three chapters I was frustrated with the laboured writing and the slowness of the story telling. A fast paced thriller this is not. But I stuck with it, thinking that it had to get better. The two central characters of Neeley and Hannah are intriguing. Racine and Nero are predictable. For the first few chapters, the reader is kind of in the dark, like Neeley and Hannah. But then answers come just a bit too easily, like the writer couldn't think a way out of the hard place - it never seems to cross Neeley's mind that if she can get the answers so easily, so too can the Cellar. Did it get better? Not for me. If you want a book that just gets you from the start of the story to the finish without having to think about how you get there, then you'll probably enjoy the read. For me it was more of a chore and at the end, I didn't really care what happened.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The main characters are two women, both in their early thirties. But their lives have been so different the can hardly communicate with each other. They have to, though, because someone is out to kill them. Trained assassin Neely and trophy wife Hannah learn to work together to save their lives and work out a puzzle that's rooted right under the US government. This book has loads of physical stunts, narrow escapes, real villainy, lots of brain work, and the making of a very unlikely team. It never lets go of you. I read all night, and now there's a sequel, and I'm stoked all over again!