The Lion and the Sun: A Novel

The Lion and the Sun: A Novel

by Richard Badalamente


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'The Lion and the Sun' is a story of intrigue, betrayal, and regret set against the threat of nuclear terrorism. The story spans the years 1978 to 2008, although the main action takes place in 1994 during the rise of the Russian Federation from the ashes of the Former Soviet Union, and immediately after the CIA agent Aldrich Ames was found to be a Russian mole.

The story centers around Daniel Conte, a CIA field agent tracking the whereabouts of a missing Russian plutonium pit; a softball-sized hunk of plutonium that serves as the core of a nuclear weapon. Conte's quest takes him first to Vienna, then Istanbul, and then Tehran, where a personal tragedy in 1979 still haunts him. Along the way he will come face-to-face with a shadowy group of terrorists that may be linked to Iranian intelligence. Conte's mission will uncover repressed memories of past betrayals and lead to new ones that will challenge the very core of his beliefs in his mission, his country, and in himself.

The author's experience in intelligence and counter terrorism shows in this all-too realistic tale of nuclear smuggling, terrorism, and espionage. The plot is topical and engrossing, the characters well-developed, and the descriptions of Vienna, Istanbul, and Tehran could only have been written by someone who was there. 'The Lion and the Sun' is one of the books you continue to contemplate well after you've turned the last compelling page.

The story will appeal to readers who enjoy espionage novels by Alan Furst, Charles McCarry, and John le Carré.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481998642
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/14/2013
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Richard Badalamente was a senior analyst in national security, focusing on nuclear nonproliferation, counterintelligence, and counter terrorism. He served at the Pentagon in 2002-2003 to assist in planning for Operation Iraqi freedom. He was assigned to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna from 1990 through 1992, where he authored the Strategic Plan for Safeguards, and assisted the IAEA in evaluating the safeguards implications of nuclear weapons development activities in Iraq. He was a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force, where he served in a number of assignments over a 20-year career, including a period in Tehran, Iran, just prior to the Iranian Revolution. The Lion and the Sun draws heavily on his experiences in intelligence, and in the Air Force. It is his first novel.

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