Countdown (Kirk McGarvey Series #2)

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The U.S.S. Indianapolis, a submarine on training maneuvers off the coast of Italy, suddenly ceases transmitting—then vanishes without a trace... A Pershing missile is hijacked from a maximum security installation at a West German Air Force base... Two men are behind these fateful incidents: Colonel Valentin Baranov, the new head of the KGB, and Arkady Kurshin, the ruthless assassin and Baranov's deadliest weapon. To disrupt the duo's sinister plans, the CIA must recruit "retired" agent Kirk McGarvey. Driven by a ...
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The U.S.S. Indianapolis, a submarine on training maneuvers off the coast of Italy, suddenly ceases transmitting—then vanishes without a trace... A Pershing missile is hijacked from a maximum security installation at a West German Air Force base... Two men are behind these fateful incidents: Colonel Valentin Baranov, the new head of the KGB, and Arkady Kurshin, the ruthless assassin and Baranov's deadliest weapon. To disrupt the duo's sinister plans, the CIA must recruit "retired" agent Kirk McGarvey. Driven by a vendetta against Baranov, McGarvey stalks Kurshin through Europe, determined to find him before time runs out on a countdown to an act of terrorism so devastating it could alter the balance of world power forever.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this follow-up to Without Honor, Hagberg reintroduces CIA assassin Kirk McGarvey to unravel a complex puzzle that begins with Soviet agents infiltrating a nuclear center in Israel and hijacking a Pershing missile in Germany. KGB chief Valentin Baranov and his bloodthirsty field man Arkady Kurshin plan to reactivate the Cold War by destroying Israel's nuclear capacity and bringing down Gorbachev. McGarvey's heroics--ranging from Washington to Berlin--foil the scheme. Hagburg, an experienced adventure novelist, borrows from the best: his characters are reminiscent of Ian Fleming; his atmosphere of betrayal and disillusion owes much to John le Carre; and his novel's most exciting episode involves a submarine subplot worthy of Tom Clancy. Though Countdown offers few surprises, it is also a well-crafted secret-agent thriller that will not disappoint fans of the genre. (June)
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In this sequel to Without Honor (Tor Bks., 1989), a paperback original, Kirk McGarvey, ex-CIA assassin, is called into service again as his old enemy, Valentin Baranov, now head of the KGB, begins a move toward the annihilation of Israel and the destruction of Soviet-American relations. Baranov's goal is to bring down Gorbachev and take his place. He has sent Colonel Kurshin to steal a nuclear cruise missile and launch it at En Gedi, where Israel's secret nuclear weapons are stored. Foiled by McGarvey, Kurshin next kidnaps the nuclear submarine Indianapolis . As the tale rolls to a violent conclusion, the author deftly leads McGarvey toward the identity of a Russian mole entrenched in the CIA. Hagberg, who also writes as Sean Flannery, turns glasnost into a springboard for a new crop of espionage tales. This is a nonstop thriller, packed with suspense and action.-- Jo Ann Vicarel, Cleveland Heights - University Heights P.L., Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312932121
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/11/1990
  • Series: Kirk McGarvey Series, #2
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 474

Meet the Author

David Hagberg

DAVID HAGBERG is a former Air Force cryptographer who has traveled extensively in Europe, the Arctic, and the Caribbean and has spoken at CIA functions. He has published more than twenty novels of suspense, including the New York Times bestselling thriller, The Expediter, as well as bestselling novels Joshua’s Hammer, Soldier of God, and Allah's Scorpion. He makes his home in Sarasota, Florida.

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