Outlaw: A Robin Monarch Novel
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Outlaw: A Robin Monarch Novel

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by Mark Sullivan

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"Action-packed...Comparisons to Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne series are justified." -Associated Press

In Outlaw, the U.S. Secretary of State and the foreign ministers of China and India have been kidnapped. The "Sons of Prophecy" take responsibility and issue an ultimatum: If their demands are not met in seven days, the three will be beheaded

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"Action-packed...Comparisons to Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne series are justified." -Associated Press

In Outlaw, the U.S. Secretary of State and the foreign ministers of China and India have been kidnapped. The "Sons of Prophecy" take responsibility and issue an ultimatum: If their demands are not met in seven days, the three will be beheaded live on the Internet. With the presidential election in only eight days, The President has few options-he can't meet their demands and he can't let them be executed. In desperation, he calls upon former CIA operative and master thief Robin Monarch.

"Sullivan has created a fine adventure-thriller hero in Monarch...The action and the surprises are nonstop."-Booklist

Monarch and his Chinese counterpart, a mysterious agent named Song Le, embark upon a dangerous journey into the underbelly of Southeast Asia, a world of corrupt Vietnamese Army officers, fanatical pirates, Hong Kong triad leaders, and volatile mercenaries living around the red light districts of Thailand. As they get closer and closer, with time quickly running out, Monarch learns that the diabolical kidnapping and ransom plot is only a front-one that reaches deep into the most sacred corridors of power...from which there is no escape...

"Thriller fans fond of high-stakes rescue scenarios will be more than satisfied."-Publishers Weekly

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Publishers Weekly
Sullivan skillfully handles familiar plot elements and characters in his exciting second Robin Monarch novel (after 2012’s Rogue). While the U.S. secretary of state, Agnes Lawton, is secretly negotiating with the foreign ministers of China and India aboard a freighter in the South China Sea, armed terrorists seize the ship. The group claiming responsibility, the Sons of Prophecy, demands the release of all political prisoners in the U.S., China, and India, as well as a ransom of $500 million from each country. Meanwhile, the man pulling the intricate strings of the operation, wealthy Cantonese triad chief Long Chan-Juan (aka the Moon Dragon), has a multilayered plan that he expects will secure him billions of dollars and immense power. Ex-CIA agent Monarch and Chinese Ministry of State Security agent Song Le have less than five days to save Lawton and the others. Thriller fans fond of high-stakes rescue scenarios will be more than satisfied. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
Who you gonna call when a dastardly terrorist cabal kidnaps the foreign ministers of China, India and the U.S.? Master thief and CIA alum Robin Monarch, of course. He'll shake things up for sure. When Secretary of State Agnes Lawton is snatched, together with her Indian and Chinese counterparts, from a hush-hush meeting aboard the oil tanker Niamey, her husband, Bill, strenuously opposes President Robert Sand's plan to pay Monarch and his team $15 million to rescue her. But it's actually a bargain, since the Sons of Prophecy, who claim responsibility, demand $500 million, plus the release of all political prisoners, for each of their three hostages. Dogging the footsteps of James Bond and dozens of wannabe Bonds, Monarch tangles with Vietnamese security forces during his inspection of Niamey, follows a clue to the Apocalypse Now Bar, arouses the ire of Shing-Tun triad leader Long Chan-Juan, the sinister Moon Dragon who pulls the strings from Hong Kong, and generally raises hell wherever he goes. Bashir Rhana, Monarch's counterpart from India, soon departs the action, leaving Song Le, of the Chinese Ministry of State Security, as the Bond girl. As she and Monarch question fences, mercenaries and arms dealers who lie, squirm, then try to kill them, the Sons of Prophecy step up their game, sabotaging the Suez and Panama canals, and the clock ticks down toward the moment when the secretary of state and her fellow diplomats will face the scimitar. An extended epilogue sorts out exactly who was responsible for which double cross for the benefit of those who care. As in Monarch's debut (Rogue, 2012), veteran Sullivan throws every popcorn-movie cliché you can think of into the mix. The result is the most soothingly predictable geopolitical thriller imaginable.
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"A compelling, page-turning blend of spy and caper fiction. It’s Robin Hood for the twenty- first century."—Jeff Abbott, author of Downfall

"Sullivan has created a fine adventure-thriller hero in Monarch, who fits perfectly into the Ludlum or Vince Flynn mode. The action and the surprises are nonstop. Readers will demand the next one in the series, pronto."—Booklist

"Thriller fans fond of high-stakes rescue scenarios will be more than satisfied."—Publishers Weekly



"A true juggernaut of a thriller, pure adrenaline in print. With the creation of Robin Monarch, Sullivan has crafted a Jason Bourne for the new millennium."—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Colony

"This lightning-fast read brings to mind Robert Ludlum and Mission Impossible—and will definitely appeal to adrenaline junkies."—Booklist

"Fast moving and well-written! Rogue reminded me of the Bourne books and movies, only it’s much, much better." —James Patterson

"A loud, brawny festival of action."—Publishers Weekly

"Diabolical! Filled with twists, turns, crosses, and double-crosses, Sullivan delivers a harrowing international thriller, while introducing one of the most compelling heroes since Jason Bourne."

—Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Catch Me

"A compelling, page-turning blend of spy and caper fiction: it’s Robin Hood for the twenty-first century. Loaded with intrigue, laced with detail, and full of bone-shaking action, Rogue is the fantastic start to an exciting new series." —Jeff Abbott, internationally bestselling author of Adrenaline

"Robin Monarch is a great character that readers will embrace. His attitude and gruffness make him neither all good nor all evil, just human." —Associated Press

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Product Details

St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
Robin Monarch Series, #2
Product dimensions:
6.54(w) x 9.44(h) x 1.13(d)

Meet the Author

MARK SULLIVAN is the author of several international bestselling thrillers on his own as well as the co-author with James Patterson of the #1 bestseller Private Games and Private Berlin. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.

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THE PILOT OF MARINE One curled the helicopter around the Washington Monument and hovered to a soft landing on the south lawn of the White House.

Inside the blue and gold chopper, a big athletic man with smooth features yawned and unbuckled his seat belt. In the navy blue suit, starched white shirt, and silver tie, he could have been anyone from a visiting foreign dignitary to a favored political donor.

“Are you ready?” asked Dr. Willis Hopkins, a shorter, older man wearing black-framed glasses and a tweed jacket that made him look more like a math professor than the current director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

“As ready as you can be for this sort of thing,” the bigger man replied. The side door opened and the staircase lowered. He followed Dr. Hopkins off the helicopter.

By all rights, he should have been exhausted; in the previous seven hours, he’d traveled by F-16 from his home in Patagonia to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. But the fifteen-minute ride in Marine One had left him feeling completely awake, as if he were hyper-caffeinated. He’d rarely felt this alert before. Then again, he’d never received a personal summons from the President of the United States before.

Two armed U.S. Marines stood at the base of the staircase as he exited into a crisp fall night, feeling and hearing the blades slowing above him. Waiting on the lawn was a blonde in a dark-blue business suit, pearl necklace, and black pumps. She looked harried and her breath smelled of mint trying to mask cigarette smoke.

“Well done, Dr. Hopkins,” she said. “The President’s very pleased you could find and get him here on such short notice.”

“The least I could do, given the circumstances, Cynthia,” Dr. Hopkins said.

She turned to the other man, regarding him with great curiosity, as if studying some exotic specimen. He could almost hear her thinking: late thirties, six-two, two-ten, olive patina to his skin, a face that seemed drawn from many races and ethnicities, a man who could blend in almost anywhere.

“The infamous Robin Monarch,” she said.

Dr. Hopkins pushed his glasses up the bridge of his nose, saying, “Robin, meet Cynthia Blayless, White House chief of staff.”

She reached out. Monarch shook her hand, found it clammy, but said, “A great pleasure, Ms. Blayless. Dr. Hopkins said you needed some help.”

“We do,” she said, gesturing toward the White House. “Several people are waiting for you inside. They’ll explain.”

As they walked toward the Rose Garden, Blayless said, “Your reputation precedes you, Mr. Monarch. Your resolution of the Green Fields affair last year was quite impressive.”

“I had a lot of help. Look, Ms. Blayless, I’m honored, but I don’t work for the agency anymore. I have no real obligation to—”

“The President knows all that. We all know that,” Blayless said impatiently. “And we’re glad you’ve at least come to hear our proposal. I think you’ll find it quite rewarding.”

Monarch was torn. Over the past four years he’d become profoundly distrustful of government officials, any government official, and he tried to avoid them at all costs. For the past nine months, he’d been living a solitary life on a remote estancia in Patagonia. He had intended to stay there indefinitely until Dr. Hopkins called him.

Two armed Marines stood at the far end of the colonnade in front of a pair of French doors. Blayless opened them and stepped inside.

Monarch was rarely intimidated, but he felt off balance stepping into the Oval Office. At a sweeping glance, he realized the President was not in the room. But he recognized the four people gathered under the watchful gaze of Abraham Lincoln, whose portrait hung over the fireplace.

The long, wiry man with the enormous head standing behind the sofa was Kenneth Vaught, the current Vice President, and the nominee of his party in the upcoming general election. On the sofa in front of Vaught perched Elise Peck, the national security advisor, a fair-skinned redhead with a dancer’s posture.

Across the coffee table from Peck, Richard “Ricky” Jameson, the florid-faced Louisiana-born secretary of Homeland Security, tapped a packet of Equal into a teacup. Beside Jameson, Admiral Philip Shipman, current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, studied the contents of an open manila file.

By the time Monarch had taken two steps, these four were scrutinizing him with sober, calculating expressions that made him want to crack a joke of some sort. He resisted the temptation.

“This is Robin Monarch,” Chief of Staff Blayless said. “Dr. Hopkins and the President thought it a good idea for him to be present at this meeting.”

“What’s this all about?” demanded National Security Advisor Peck. “Who is he?”

Blayless and Hopkins hesitated.

Monarch cleared his throat and said, “I’m a thief.”


Copyright © 2013 by Mark Sullivan

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