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A chance encounter with a skinhead car-jacker leads U.N. spies Mai Fisher and Alexei Bukharin to America's extreme right-wing, a bleak world of militias, paramilitary compounds, and racist religion.
When the U.S. government requests The Directorate's assistance at a standoff with a religious cult in Killeen, Texas, Mai and Alexei manage to make an enemy of the FBI's special agent in charge. Mai also spots a young man among the protesters there, a man whose vacant expression reminds her too much of herself.
After the disastrous end of the standoff, Mai and Alexei hunt that young man at gun shows around the country. When she encounters him, Mai revives a cover identity from a mission that almost killed. Alexei searches for a compound to infiltrate. Together they discover these homegrown extremists are serious and dangerous. They want to dismantle the U.S. government and replace it with an autocracy straight out of their favorite work of dystopian fiction.
Meanwhile, John Thomas Carroll, the man Mai spotted at Killeen, is at the end of his proverbial rope–no job, no prospects, helpless to save the life of a child he loved. He wants to end his life–until he remembers a woman he met at a gun show.
Has Mai Fisher unknowingly given a terrorist a reason to live?
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“…an enjoyable and intelligent read….The end leaves you wanting more.” –J. Russ, Amazon review