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From Barnes & NobleIn Kyle Mills's The Second Horseman, the end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it looms large when a Ukrainian organized crime group decides to auction off 12 nuclear warheads to the highest bidder. With most of the U.S. intelligence community believing the rumor is a hoax, the lives of millions of innocent people lie in the hands of an unlikely savior: a career thief named Brandon Vale, who is currently serving time for a jewel heist gone bad.
When Vale is inexplicably broken out of prison by the very man who put him in -- former FBI agent Richard Scanlon -- the 33-year-old thief believes he is about to be killed. But Scanlon, now the head of a defense contracting company specializing in intelligence, makes Vale an offer he can't refuse: Either help Scanlon somehow get his hands on almost a quarter million dollars in cash to buy the dozen nukes and avert a global disaster or go back to jail with years added on for attempting to escape. Meanwhile, there are other factions that would do anything to possess the warheads: those who want to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict once and for all…
The term "ripped from today's headlines!" may be overused when it comes to promoting new suspense thrillers, but in the case of The Second Horseman, it's a more than fitting description. Terrorists wielding weapons of mass destruction, fanatical religious-fueled violence, the escalating conflict in the Middle East: This page-turning thriller will do so much more than entertain its readers, it will chill them to the very marrow. Is The Second Horseman a cautionary tale or a doomsday prophecy? Only time will tell… Paul Goat Allen