Lion of Babylon (Mark Royce, Book 1) by Davis Bunn

By Davis Bunn

Marc Royce works for the kingdom division on particular assignments, so much of them fairly regimen, until eventually CIA operatives cross lacking in Iraq--kidnapped via Taliban forces bent on producing chaos within the area. others additionally drop out of sight--a high-placed Iraqi civilian and an American girl offering humanitarian reduction. Are the disappearances associated? Rumors stream in a whirl of misinformation.

Marc needs to resolve the reality in a covert operation requiring utmost secrecy--from either the americans and the insurgents. yet much more mystery than the undercover operation is the underground discussion occurring among sworn enemies. Will the final word Reconciler among historic enemies, present foes, and fanatical non secular factions be heard?

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Souers. A reservist, Souers was a Democratic Party stalwart from Missouri, a wealthy businessman who made his money in life insurance and Piggly Wiggly shops, the nation’s first self-service supermarkets. He had served on a postwar commission studying the future of intelligence created by Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal, but his sights were set on nothing grander than a swift return to Saint Louis. Souers discovered to his dismay that the president was going to make him the first director of central intelligence.

What was the mission of American intelligence in the face of the new Soviet threat? No one was sure. “AN APPRENTICE JUGGLER” On June 10, 1946, General Hoyt Vandenberg became the second director of central intelligence. A handsome pilot who had led Eisenhower’s tactical air war in Europe, he now ran a fly-by-night outfit based in a cluster of undistinguished masonry buildings at the far end of Foggy Bottom, atop a small bluff overlooking the Potomac. His command post stood at 2430 E Street, the old headquarters of the OSS, surrounded by an abandoned gasworks, a turreted brewery, and a roller-skating rink.

He set out on a recruiting drive that ran from the Pentagon to Park Avenue to Yale and Harvard and Princeton, where professors and coaches were paid to spot talent. He hired lawyers, bankers, college kids, old school friends, veterans at loose ends. “They would pull people off the streets, anybody with warm blood who could say yes or no or move arms and legs,” said the CIA’s Sam Halpern. Wisner aimed to open at least thirty-six stations overseas within six months; he managed forty-seven in three years.

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