The Resource The American, Andrew Britton

The American, Andrew Britton

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The American
Title
The American
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Andrew Britton
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Heart of betrayal
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  • This debut thriller by a 24-year-old author stars an unconventional CIA agent who must track down a renegade former comrade-in-arms. Ryan Kealey, the hero, is a tough, embittered ex-CIA agent; he is engaging enough but hardly original. Jason March, the former U.S. soldier now allied with terrorists, is appropriately villainous, but, again, weve seen his like before. And the story itself, while solidly structured, doesnt stray much from formula. Is it a bad book? Not at all: its a well-told tale, and Britton shows a great deal of promise. If his next novel is more inventive than his first, that promise may be realized. -- David Pitt (Reviewed 02-01-2006) (Booklist, vol 102, number 11, p35)
  • The titular character of 24-year-old Britton's debut thriller is no patriot. Jason March, a blond al-Qaeda operative with a ferocious grudge against the U.S.A., kicks off an orgy of revenge by blowing up Senate Majority Leader Daniel Levy's motorcade, slaughtering the senator, his aide and assorted Secret Service personnel. Assigned to hunt down this killer is ex-CIA agent Ryan Kealey, March's former commanding officer when they were both Special Forces soldiers in the U.S. Army. While on a secret mission years before, March wounded Kealey and murdered everyone else on the team. Now, Langley sends the uniquely qualified Kealey—along with CIA counterterrorism expert Naomi Kharmai—after the unstoppable killing machine. Other than the mildly interesting March, there's little original material. The evil characters are numbingly familiar—al-Zarqawi and bin Laden loom large—and the usual Arab minions and murderers play out their predictable fictional roles. The writing never rises above the pedestrian: "The sands of the endless desert south of Kabul burned beneath the fiery orb above." Readers open to another formulaic Arab terrorist story may enjoy this one, but anyone looking for something new will find it ordinary and tedious. (Mar. 7) --Staff (Reviewed January 2, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 1, p34)
  • During a secret Middle East mission, Jason March, a South African–born American soldier, traitorously kills the other men in his squad and shoots their leader, Special Forces and CIA veteran Ryan Kealey. Kealey shoots back and survives. When an unknown assassin later kills a U.S. senator and scores of bystanders, Kealey discovers that March, too, has survived. Through direct contact with the director of al Qaeda plus Iranian funding, March now plans to kill the U.S. President, and Kealey is likely to use any means to stop him. Britton, just 24, offers an impressive first novel. His army background explains his skilled use of military and weapons terminology, but it is his considerable writing talent that brings this rip-roaring plot to life. Like Tom Clancy, he has produced a thriller that makes current terrorist threats all too real, in part by graphically depicting the behind-the-scenes world of spies, clandestine agencies, and everyday terrorists. Highly recommended for all suspense collections. [The American is the first of three thrillers to feature Ryan Kealey.—Ed.]—Roland Person, formerly with Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale --Roland Person (Reviewed February 15, 2006) (Library Journal, vol 131, issue 3, p106)
  • A debut thriller about a vengeful terrorist who proposes to destroy the United States.He begins by assassinating a U.S. senator. Next, he proposes to take out the president, plus whatever dignitaries happen to be in the vicinity when his bomb explodes, and go on from there, murdering en masse. He is—it need hardly be said—your basic archfiend, brilliant, remorseless, the kind the genre battens on (see The Day of the Jackal, etc.). Which is to say he's amoral as a lab rat, a genius at explosives, a wiz of a sniper and a tactician who might have impressed even Clausewitz. Nor will it come as a surprise that he has ties to al-Qaeda. He blames the U.S. for betrayals that led to the ignominious collapse of his family fortunes and has the long, implacable memory that defines a world-class grudge-holder. "Jason March is one of the most dangerous men the U.S. military has ever produced," says CIA stud Ryan Kealey, and he ought to know, having trained him. Matched against supervillain March, then, is superhero Kealey, the protagonist of Britton's planned trilogy. He has the "penetrating gray eyes," the rugged good looks and the maverick mindset that allows him to take the law into his own hands whenever it seems to him that the fate of the nation rests there as well. Kealey also has the requisite female sidekick (brainy, leggy), useful for titillation between bouts of bloodletting. So the game's afoot, predator vs. prey, though it's not always easy to tell them apart, or even which stone-cold killer to root for.Plot and cast have that derivative feel, and while the 24-year-old debut novelist can serve up an arresting action scene, that isn't enough to counter the pervasive pall of déjà vu. (Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2006)
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142643
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1981-2008
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Britton, Andrew
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no index present
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novels
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True
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Ryan Kealey novels
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0001
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  • United States
  • Kealey, Ryan
  • Assassins
  • Intelligence officers
  • Terrorists
  • Terrorism
  • Conspiracies
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The American, Andrew Britton
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24 cm
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First edition.
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376 pages
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9780758213334
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2005928272
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Label
The American, Andrew Britton
Publication
Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
376 pages
Isbn
9780758213334
Lccn
2005928272
Media category
unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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9780758213334

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