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The Iranian Scorpion
     

The Iranian Scorpion

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by William Peace
 

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Robert Dawson, an agent of the Drug Enforcement Agency, is sent to Afghanistan to stop the flow of heroin made from the country’s biggest crop, opium.

With the help of Kate Conway, a freelance journalist, and Vizier Ashraf, a shadowy Taliban leader, Robert is disguised as an opium field hand. In Helmand Province he learns the secrets of the Afghan drug

Overview

Robert Dawson, an agent of the Drug Enforcement Agency, is sent to Afghanistan to stop the flow of heroin made from the country’s biggest crop, opium.

With the help of Kate Conway, a freelance journalist, and Vizier Ashraf, a shadowy Taliban leader, Robert is disguised as an opium field hand. In Helmand Province he learns the secrets of the Afghan drug trade, and illegally enters Iran with his “boss” and a fifteen-year-old chemist.

The principal buyer is known as The Scorpion. A sale of 25 kg of heroin is completed and traced to New York City, where a bust is made. Furious, The Scorpion orders Robert captured and executed.

Robert’s father, General David Dawson, is in Tehran on assignment with the International Atomic Energy Agency investigating Iran’s use of nuclear energy. Learning of Robert’s reported execution, he vows to assassinate The Scorpion, who is also a provincial governor of Iran.

Intrigue and surprise dominate the conclusion of the fascinating story The Iranian Scorpion.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940015958362
Publisher:
Strategic Book Publishing
Publication date:
01/25/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
378
File size:
484 KB

Meet the Author

William Peace is a retired business executive and management consultant. He is American, is married to an Italian chef, has traveled widely, and lives in London. This is his fourth novel.

Publisher’s website: http://sbpra.com/WilliamPeace

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The Iranian Scorpion 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
kitty-booklover More than 1 year ago
Mr. Peace has done it again. The Iranian Scorpion is a taut, exciting novel, set once again in the Middle East, but this time not about terrorists but about the drug trade. As usual in addition to the main plot, Mr. Peace weaves in parent- child relationships, romance, and a fascinating exploration of the ideas of Christianity and Islam. Those explorations are stimulating and Mr. Peace's knowledge and respect for other cultures add so much to the plot itself. We follow the very likable main character, Robert Dawson, a DEA agent in Afghanistan who goes undercover and follows the trail of heroin production, (interesting details on how that is done) from a farm in Afghanistan through the buyer in Iran to the shipping to the States and its distribution there. Robert is eventually captured, put on trial, and "executed." His escape from prison with Baluchistan rebels makes for make turning reading. In the meantime his father who is working with the IAEA learns of Robert's death and begins a painful examination of how he could have been a better father. He vows to avenge Robert's death by killing the "Iranian Scorpion" the buyer in Iran. Another page turning story. The women in the novel, the father's fiancé in the States, his love interest in Tehran and David's romance with a free lance journalist who helps his undercover work are clearly drawn. It is nice to see intelligent, interesting women with a lot of understanding, compassion and sex appeal. All in all, a book I highly recommend.
penandtome More than 1 year ago
General David Dawson goes after the Provincial Governor of Iran, also known as the Scorpion, when he is told that his son Robert was captured and executed on the Scorpion's orders. Robert was a DEA agent that was sent to Afghanistan to stop the flow of opium into the United States. To do so, David has to follow the drugs and money to the very end. Torture is a means to the end.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mary DeKok Blowers for Readers' Favorite I very much enjoyed reading "The Iranian Scorpion" by William Peace. The story line was suspenseful and fast moving, with seamless plot lines that kept me guessing. Robert, a US government DEA agent, was stationed in Afghanistan to get a handle on and find a way to stop poppy growth and thereby limit the production of opium and heroin, to the dismay of the Scorpion, a heroin kingpin. His father, David, is also a government official. Their relationship goes through a transformation in the story and you will be on the edge of your seat as both their lives are jeopardized. Will they make it out alive? Which love interest will win each of their attention? You’ll have to read it to find out and you’ll gain a new appreciation for illegal border crossings in the bargain. Just a few shocking bits but I still loved reading this story, and it was educational as well. It provides more than a little violence, a little raciness, neither unnecessarily graphic, but mostly intrigue and heart pounding excitement. Historical, governmental, and cultural details are featured in "The Iranian Scorpion", giving me a new understanding of the countries of Afghanistan and Iran. Characters are likeable, complex, and believable in relation to one another. The interplay of Islam and Christianity in this novel provides a colorful tapestry for a backdrop as several characters’ stories are woven together. To top it off, lamb kebabs and flatbread are on the menu. I look forward to reading other books by William Peace.