Holding the Zero

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To the brutal, no-quarter combat, Peake can bring the skills he has learned as a marksman. But there is no room for mistakes on the field of battle and he must quickly learn to deal out random death at long ...
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Gus Peake should have kept his job and stayed at home, but an old family debt of friendship draws him to the remote wastes of Northern Iraq and to a savage forgotten war between Kurdish guerrillas and Saddam Hussein's military strength.

To the brutal, no-quarter combat, Peake can bring the skills he has learned as a marksman. But there is no room for mistakes on the field of battle and he must quickly learn to deal out random death at long distance and help the guerrillas to reach their goal, the city of Kirkuk, the old capital of the Kurdish people.

From Baghdad, Iraq sends Major Karim Azia, the most dedicated and professional sniper in Saddam's army. For both men their duel, from which only one can walk away, becomes an obsession. And it will only take one shot, echoing in the mountains and valleys, to settle the score.
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After having a Middle Eastern sniper terrorize an English village in A Line in the Sand, Seymour turns the tables by having amateur sharpshooter Gus Peake become involved in a Kurdish tribal insurrection against the Iraqi army. Baghdad counters, sending its own expert sniper to track down and eliminate Peake. Portraits of the two adversaries alternate with graphic battle scenes, vivid depictions of the suffering of the Kurds, and the intrusive efforts of American, British, Israeli, and Russian spies and jaded news correspondents. Seymour is best at delineating the complicated and contradictory motives of all parties, especially Peake. Though heavy-handed at times, the author is better here than in some of his earlier works in juggling his interweaving plots. Sean Barrett does a good job with the plenitude of accents of this international cast of characters. Recommended for public libraries. Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Gus Peake should have stayed at home, but an old family debt drew him to the remote wastes of Northern Iraq and a forgotten war between Kurdish guerillas and Saddam Hussein's military regime. Peake brings a marksman's skills to the brutal combat taking place there. But he must quickly learn to deal out random death at long distances, and help the guerillas to reach the city of Kirkuk, the old capital of the Kurdish people. Holding The Zero is a tautly written action novel by Gerald Seymour that is superbly narrated by Sean Barrett. This unabridged, 14 hour, 16 minute, technically flawless production will prove a very popular addition to any personal or community library audiobook collection.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780593044254
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Limited
  • Publication date: 4/18/2000
  • Pages: 389

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