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All Hail the Rogue Warrior
Echo Platoon is the latest in Richard Marcinko's phenomenally successful Rogue Warrior® series — a fixture on the New York Times bestseller list that brings to life the mysterious world of Black Ops. In this latest can't-put-it-down thriller, Marcinko again takes readers into a shadowy, secret realm, where killer SEALs undertake critical missions in the name of democracy.
This installment pits Marcinko and his indefatigable team against a variety of international adversaries, this time in the Middle East. Iranian and Russian terrorists claim Marcinko's attention, along with an array of nefarious bureaucrats and businessmen who conspire to destabilize Azerbaijan, the tiny former Soviet republic that holds the enormous key to the oil-rich Caspian Sea.
An overland pipeline to the West has been planned, and both Russia and Iran want to control the flow. But others have their own interests in the region — including bilious billionaire Steve Sarkesian, one of the planet's richest, most influential men. Other unpredictable players squaring off against Marcinko include Marybeth Madison, U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan, whose antipathy toward Marcinko leads to her hawklike surveillance of him, and General Oleg Lapinov, the former KGB agent who serves as Moscow's adviser on oil policy — not to mention its liaison to the Russian mob.
Is Marcinko cowed? Hardly. As always, the Rogue Warrior is up to the challenge. Along with a group of his best SEALs, he dives in — both literally andfiguratively— by taking on a team of hostage-holding terrorists on an oil rig in the Caspian Sea. The tough-as-nails crew races to the heart of the Middle East, revealing festering layers of treachery and greed in their wake, and finally arrives at the artfully concealed truth.
Will the United States be robbed of its vital oil supply? Not if the Rogue Warrior has anything to do with it. Answering his country's call with the determination, grit, and skill that are the trademarks of a master SEAL, the Rogue Warrior sets no limits, obeys no rules, and halts at no boundaries to defeat the enemy — by any means necessary.