A sophisticated debut novel about a Swedish security force agent on a mysterious special assignment to the U.S., The Swede fuses the psychological tension of Jo NesbÃÂ¸Ã¢ÂÂs thrillers with the gripping international intrigue of I Am Pilgrim and Red Sparrow.
Ernst Grip of the Swedish security police has no idea why heÃ¢ÂÂs been dispatched to a remote American military base in the Indian Ocean. Met by FBI agent Shauna Friedman, he learns that the U.S. wants him to determine whether a prisoner theyÃ¢ÂÂre holding is a Swedish citizen.
The detainee, known only as Ã¢ÂÂN.," is a suspect in an Islamist-inspired terror attack in the U.S. heartland. Tortured by the CIA, he refuses to talk. Yet all the evidence points to a cabal of survivors from the devastating 2004 tsunami that struck Thailand: a ruthless American arms dealer, a Czech hit man, a mysterious nurse from Kansas, a heartbreakingly naÃÂ¯ve PakistaniÃ¢ÂÂand a Swede.
But the prisoner is not the only one harboring dangerous secrets. Grip hides a double life that will lead him into terra incognita, and Friedman, too, is not who she appears to be. In a world ruled by fear, mistrust, and deadly betrayal, these unlikely partners must learn to trust one another if they hope to stay alive.
Drawing on his military and diplomatic experience, Robert Karjel explores the uneasy repercussions of 9/11, illuminating the moral compromises that peopleÃ¢ÂÂand nationsÃ¢ÂÂmake in the name of security and survival.
This edition also contains Western Civilization: Their History and Their Culture
About: Volume Two of this bright new edition of a perennial favorite, Western Civilizations by Lerner, Meacham, and Burns, once again finds new ways of supporting instructors and students without sacrificing the hallmarks of its success.
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