Middle Man: A Lieutenant Rollie Waters Novel

Middle Man: A Lieutenant Rollie Waters Novel

by David Rich
     
 

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Recruited into SHADE, an elite, covert group formed by the U.S. military, Rollie Waters must locate and retrieve the countless millions taken from Saddam’s cache during the Iraq War and shipped home in the coffins of dead soldiers. But a sniper attack forces Rollie undercover to solve the riddle of the graves and to apprehend the puppet master behind the

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Recruited into SHADE, an elite, covert group formed by the U.S. military, Rollie Waters must locate and retrieve the countless millions taken from Saddam’s cache during the Iraq War and shipped home in the coffins of dead soldiers. But a sniper attack forces Rollie undercover to solve the riddle of the graves and to apprehend the puppet master behind the plot.

It’s a quest that reaches from the Texas digs of the self-proclaimed King of Kurdistan to the treacherous, labyrinthine streets of Erbil, Iraq, and into the arms of an enigmatic woman with impenetrable motives. Now more spy than soldier, Waters must uncover the man pulling the strings behind a backdrop of murder, deceit, and stolen fortune....

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
An elite covert group known as SHADE (Shared Defense Executive), which was set up by the U.S. military, recruits Marine Lt. Rollie Waters in Rich’s disjointed sequel to 2012’s Caravan of Thieves. As part of a mission to determine which graves of American soldiers contain cash taken from Saddam Hussein’s cache during the second Iraq War and who’s behind the scheme, Rollie assumes the identity of a wealthy investment banker, Robert Hewitt. The assignment takes Rollie from Houston to Erbil, Iraq, and tangles him in a net of betrayal, including a kidnapping plot involving the daughter of the self-proclaimed king of Kurdistan. Rollie’s frequent flashbacks to his childhood and his time fighting in Afghanistan drag down the plot, as do his imagined conversations with his dead father, Dan Waters—a con man killed because he was suspected of trying to steal the same cache of millions that Rollie seeks. Not even a surprise action-packed ending elevates this muddled adventure. Agent: Kimberly Witherspoon, Inkwell management. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
Praise for MIDDLE MAN

“Rollie Waters is as tough as Reacher, clever as Bourne, and cool as Bond.  I'm addicted.”
-Howard Blum, Edgar Award Winning and New York Times bestselling author
 
“From the first bullet to the last, Middle Man is Ludlum-style action at its best. After reading it straight through, I'm now looking forward to Lieutenant Rollie Waters' next assignment.”
-Ace Atkins, New York Times bestselling author of The Broken Places
 
“Middle Man is a rapid fire read, so make sure you’re locked and loaded when you start because two-hundred and ninety-nine pages are going to fly by in this kinetic and compelling burst of a book.” 
-Craig Johnson, the New York Times Bestselling author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries

“Rich is a film writer, with a firm grip on pacing, always ready to stop and flesh out characters and then to pull a knife and draw a little blood. Waters is the perfect edgy, flawed hero…Above average action-adventure with a touch of noir. This one is good fun.” – Kirkus

"If action is what the reader is looking for, MIDDLE MAN will more than fill the bill...This is an action novel to end all action novels." - I Love a Mystery 

“The danger ramps up steadily…and the nimble Rich keeps the reader guessing.” – Booklist

"Rich's screenwriting talents make [the plot] plausible as we follow a labyrinth of violence, deceit, and villainy in which the good guy wins, but the bad guy may reappear later. Lots of fun." - Library Journal

Praise for CARAVAN OF THIEVES

"Caravan of Thieves busts right out of the chute and never stops bucking.  It's a rocket-ride and a terrific debut that will leave the reader shaken and gasping for air.”
—C.J. Box, New York Times bestselling author of Force of Nature

“David Rich's terse, hard-boiled prose keeps the story moving faster than a wanted criminal. And the ending is a stunner! Highly recommended!”
—Christopher Reich, New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Betrayal

“First page through to the last, Caravan of Thieves was an incredibly entertaining escape and worth every minute.”
—Taylor Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of The Informationist

“As with the best thrillers, what lifts [Caravan of Thieves] above the pack is clean prose and depth of character, a sense that the sins of the past weigh heavily on the present. David Rich is off to a fine start, and will be a writer to watch.”
—Michael Koryta, Edgar-nominated author of The Ridge

“A solid debut from a gifted storyteller.”
—T. Jefferson Parker, author of The Jaguar

Library Journal
Rollie Waters is an Afghan war and ex-special forces vet now working for SHADE, a top-secret military agency. He is searching for millions of dollars of Saddam's stolen cash that was sent to the United States in body bags, but he is not sure which graves to dig up. Nor is he the only one looking. When two members of his unit are shot by a sniper, Waters heads to the Middle East in search of the mastermind behind the scheme. With his self-described "instinct to be contrary," Waters survives beatings, assassination attempts, and a mysterious woman whose father claims to be king of Kurdistan. VERDICT Following the money trail described in Rich's debut thriller Caravan of Thieves, Waters is a killer who has a moral side as well. He converses with his dead father, wisecracks with Kurds in their own language, and rarely has a peaceful moment. Rich's screenwriting talents make this all plausible as we follow a labyrinth of violence, deceit, and villainy in which the good guy wins, but the bad guy may reappear later. Lots of fun.—Roland Person, formerly with Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale
Kirkus Reviews
USMC Lt. Rollie Waters remains mired in the misdeeds of a greedy and ghoulish cabal in Rich's (Caravan of Thieves, 2012) second action-adventure novel. As the saga begins, the crime uncovered in Thieves is the same but exacerbated. Waters' con-man father, Dan, had uncovered a conspiracy that looted millions of Saddam's dollars after the invasion of Iraq, all supposedly shipped home in caskets of troops killed in action. Dan was murdered by the conspirators, but Waters got revenge. That involvement brought combat veteran Waters to the attention of mysterious Maj. Hensel of SHADE (Shared Defense Executive), an uber-secret spinoff of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Hensel suspects the purloined money is to finance a conspiracy to control Kurd oil resources. Waters, SHADE-assigned to exhume graves to unearth the millions, becomes an assassin's target. The shooting brings Waters' investigation unwelcome FBI attention, and so Henley dresses Waters up as Robert Hewitt, oil speculator, and dispatches him to Houston to meet the self-styled king of Kurdistan. The action moves from Houston to Erbil, Iraq's Kurd stronghold. Waters is pursuing a one-eyed Welshman named Bannion who has supposedly kidnapped Maya, his own ex-wife and the king's daughter. Rich is a film writer, with a firm grip on pacing, always ready to stop and flesh out characters and then to pull a knife and draw a little blood. Waters is the perfect edgy, flawed hero--"loaded up five cylinders for Russian roulette with chivalry, gallantry, righteousness, sincerity and plain old lust"--and Rich's supporting cast is solid. Bannion is Machiavellian evil. Gill, supposedly Bannion's silent muscle, is three layers deep. Pushing credibility is Ethan Williams, a purported hippie drug dealer Waters once rescued in Afghanistan and who is now in Bannion's employ. The adventure unreels in first person from Waters' point of view, and Rich uses a nifty narrative device--Waters' interior dialogue with his dead con-man father--to flesh out the now-you-see-it, now-you-don't machinations of the bad guys. Above-average action-adventure with a touch of noir. This one is good fun.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698138155
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/29/2013
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
File size:
993 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for David Rich and the Rollie Waters novels

“Rollie Waters is as tough as Reacher, clever as Bourne, and cool as Bond. I'm addicted.” —Howard Blum, Edgar Award–winning and New York Times bestselling author

“Action, dead bodies, tribal enmities, and blood politics. It all adds up to a fog of menace, and the nimble Rich keeps the reader guessing.”—Booklist

“A rapid fire read, so make sure you’re locked and loaded when you start because two-hundred and ninety-nine pages are going to fly by in this kinetic and compelling burst of a book.”—Craig Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries

“From the first bullet to the last, Middle Man is Ludlum-style action at its best. After reading it straight through, I'm now looking forward to Lieutenant Rollie Waters' next assignment.”—Ace Atkins, New York Times bestselling author of The Broken Places

“Rich is a film writer, with a firm grip on pacing, always ready to stop and flesh out characters and then to pull a knife and draw a little blood. Waters is the perfect edgy, flawed hero…Above average action-adventure with a touch of noir. This one is good fun.”—Kirkus Reviews

“We follow a labyrinth of violence, deceit, and villainy in which the good guy wins, but the bad guy may reappear later. Lots of fun.”—Library Journal

“Busts right out of the chute and never stops bucking. It’s a rocket ride and a terrific debut that will leave the reader shaken and gasping for air.”—C. J. Box, New York Times bestselling author of The Highway

“A stylish, gritty, breakneck tale, Caravan of Thieves had me guessing the whole way. David Rich’s terse, hard-boiled prose keeps the story moving faster than a wanted criminal. And the ending is a stunner! Highly recommended!”—Christopher Reich, New York Times bestselling author of The Prince of Risk

“First page through to the last, Caravan of Thieves was an incredibly entertaining escape and worth every minute.”—Taylor Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of The Doll

“Everything a reader could desire from a thriller—breakneck pacing, well-rendered action scenes, a vivid setting, a compelling and complex hero, and endless twists. As with the best thrillers, what lifts it above the pack is clean prose and depth of character, a sense that the sins of the past weigh heavily on the present.”—Michael Koryta, Edgar Award–nominated author of The Prophet

“[For] readers with a taste for Bourne-level action.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Builds a labyrinth of deception spanning the deserts of the American Southwest to the deserts of Afghanistan—one part noir thriller, one part father-son tale, and one part adventure saga. Prepare to be ensnared.”—T. Jefferson Parker, national bestselling author of The Famous and the Dead

Caravan of Thieves has everything a good thriller needs.”—Booklist

“Like le Carré’s A Perfect Spy…Rich tosses in both humor and surprising plot twists.”—Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author

David Rich has sold screenplays to most of the major studios and to many production companies in the United States and Europe. He wrote the feature film Renegades starring Kiefer Sutherland and Lou Diamond Phillips. Forsaking Los Angeles for small-town Connecticut, David turned his attention to fiction. Rich is the author of Caravan of Thieves, the first Rollie Waters novel.

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