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Get ready for a searing look at South American politics, kidnapping, and family bonds in Randy Wayne White's tenth book about Doc Ford, an assassin for the U.S. government by profession and a marine biologist by avocation. Years ago, Doc got mixed up with Latin American politics -- and a politico's wife named Pilar. The result of this involvement was a boy name Lake, a son Doc knows mostly from email exchanges. As Pilar's husband prepares to stage a coup in the Republic of Masagua, he softens up the populace by allowing a madman known as the Burned One free rein to kill hundreds by fire. The he arranges for Lake, who is generally believed to be his son, to be kidnapped by the Burned One. His plan calls for a daring rescue, which will end by faking the killer's death -- a stunning PR move designed to win a hero's crown for himself.
Naturally, the Burned One doesn't believe for a moment that his death will be faked. He's carefully planning a double-cross, which will net him plenty of cash and a brand-new face to replace his own fire-scared visage. Of course, neither the revolutionary politician nor the mercenary madman are expecting interference from Doc -- or from Lake. Doc musters all the intelligence assets he can gather to support his plans to rescue his son and end the Burned One's reign of terror. And Lake, though barely an adolescent, uses his wits to signal that he's still alive and to give his would-be rescuer vital information about his situation and his captor. But the Burned One's plans are as devious as they are dangerous, and if Doc doesn't act fast his only hope to save his son will turn to ashes. Sue Stone