The Executioner's Game

The Executioner's Game

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by Gary Hardwick

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"Luther Green is the very best at what he does. But the mastery of his profession is nothing he can brag about. It's nothing for which he will ever be officially recognized and it will never earn him a large paycheck. But there is a high likelihood that Luther's proficiency at his job will get him killed." "Luther Green is a government assassin. For more than a decade…  See more details below


"Luther Green is the very best at what he does. But the mastery of his profession is nothing he can brag about. It's nothing for which he will ever be officially recognized and it will never earn him a large paycheck. But there is a high likelihood that Luther's proficiency at his job will get him killed." "Luther Green is a government assassin. For more than a decade, he has traveled the world, surgically eliminating America's enemies, never questioning his orders while performing as reliably as death itself. But his new assignment threatens to change all that. Luther's superiors have designated his new target as Alex Deavers - the agent who taught Luther everything he knows and a man now considered to be a rogue agent on the edge of insanity." "As Luther seeks to uncover the clues that will lead him to his prey, he slowly realizes that Alex is on a mission of his own, playing a cat-and-mouse game with his former apprentice while setting in motion a plan that could kill millions. Luther begins to suspect that the only person who can give him the answers he needs is the psychotic madman he has been ordered to execute." Luther follows a perilous trail that takes him into the most dangerous territory he has ever encountered. He is just a pawn in a twisted chess match, but a pawn may transform itself into the game's most dominant weapon. Now he has just days to learn the rules and employ all of his skill and training to find the truth. But to defeat the deadly forces against him, Luther Green must win the most dangerous game of all.

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A CIA assassin must kill the agent who recruited and mentored him. In Africa, US Secretary of Commerce Donald Howard witnesses the devastation of AIDS and, as an African-American, feels especially moved. He determines to convince the president to commit American resources, and upbraids Secret Service protector Alex Deavers for seeming indifference to the African plight. Howard is also given a volatile bit of decades-old intelligence about Lee Harvey Oswald and the JFK assassination. Then both Howard and Deavers are blown out of their truck by a hidden explosive. Cut to African-American government assassin Luther Green, who wraps up a pro forma hit in Stockholm before flying back to Washington for his next assignment. CIA Director Kilmer Gray gives Luther a thumbnail summary of Howard's African murder and assigns Luther the task of killing Deavers (who not only didn't die in the explosion, but isn't Secret Service after all, only posing as one). Luther has become a "Wolf," or rogue agent, and already eliminated some former colleagues; Deavers recruited and trained Luther, who nonetheless accepts his assignment with professional stoicism. Wariness and uncertainty color every subsequent move that Luther makes, reinforced by the fact his mentor seems to stay two steps ahead of him-as well as by a small feeling that he might not be guilty. Thus, Luther blows a night of passion with a hot club-girl named Tomiko when he suspects Deavers of hiding in his apartment and, worse, also briefly suspects Tomiko. Deavers leaves him a lengthy recorded message, then follows up with short notes that unsettlingly find their way to Luther. Teamed with regular sidekick Hampton, a tech and weapons advisor,Luther tracks Deavers through South Philly, Baltimore and New York before an extended showdown in Luther's native Detroit, with family and beloved friends in danger. Hardwick (Color of Justice, 2002, etc.) writes crackling scenes and vivid dialogue, but is not entirely convincing in his depiction of the world of espionage. Film rights to Sony Pictures and Original Films, with Jamie Foxx to star

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HarperCollins Publishers
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6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.05(d)

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Gary Hardwick is the author of the novels Cold Medina, Double Dead, Supreme Justice, and Color of Justice. A former attorney, he is also the screenwriter and director of the hit films The Brothers and Deliver Us from Eva, as well as a television executive producer. Born and raised in Detroit, Hardwick now lives in California and is currently working on his next motion picture and novel.

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The Executioner's Game 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
American Secretary of Commerce Donald Howard witnesses first hand the devastation of AIDS has had on Africans while visiting the continent. He also receives some intriguing but volatile information on the Kennedy assassination that paints quite a different picture than that of the official one. Not long afterward, Donald and his Secret Service agent Alex Deavers die when their vehicle is blown up.--- CIA Director Kilmer Gray assigns his top assassin rogue agent Luther Green to kill Deavers who apparently somehow survived the blast, probably set the bomb, and remarkably is not even Secret Service. Luther goes after his former mentor in the manner that Deavers trained him to be, professional at all times, though he has doubts that his teacher committed the act. He trails his prey through east coast cities, but seems to be always too late until they meet up in Luther¿s hometown of Detroit where the student¿s family and friends are pawns in a world of spies.--- This exciting espionage thriller stars two interesting rogues in a game of cat and mouse in which readers do not know which one is the feline and which one is the rodent. Neither Luther nor Alex generates reader empathy as both seem better suited for field work. The action-packed story line does not offer anything new within the literary world of spy vs. spy, but still grips the audience from start to finish as if a non-stop heavyweight championship between two real contenders is heading to the final round with the loser probably counted out for life.--- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE EXECUTIONER¿S GAME is a taut and suspenseful action adventure, at the heart of which is an insidious plot hatched by unscrupulous overseers of the military-industrial complex. Utilizing his considerable talent as a mystery writer, Gary Hardwick has crafted an intriguing, exhilarating, and provocative espionage tour-de-force that rivals the best offerings of Robert Ludlum, John le Carre, Tom Clancy, and Nelson DeMille. His concise, crisp narrative propels the reader briskly through this fast-paced and thoroughly entertaining political thriller for the 21st Century. Hardwick delivers the goods.