Lion of Babylon
Marc Royce has been a State Department agent involved in covert operations--that is, until personal issues lead to his dismissal. When Alex Baird goes missing in war-torn Baghdad, State comes calling again. Alex is a CIA agent--and a close...
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Marc Royce has been a State Department agent involved in covert operations--that is, until personal issues lead to his dismissal.
When Alex Baird goes missing in war-torn Baghdad, State comes calling again. Alex is a CIA agent--and a close friend of Royce. Three others have also dropped out of sight--a nurse, an aid worker, a wealthy young Iraqi. Are these cases linked? Rumors circulate about a kidnapping conspiracy, yet both American and local officials refuse to pursue it.
Blocked at every turn, Royce eventually unearths a trail of secret encounters between sworn enemies. What he discovers could transform the course of rivalry and reconciliation throughout the Mideast. As the human and political drama escalates, can one man summon the courage to make a difference?
Marc Royce works for the State Department on special assignments, most of them rather routine, until two CIA operatives go missing in Iraq--kidnapped by Taliban forces bent on generating chaos in the region. Two others also drop out of sight--a high-placed Iraqi civilian and an American woman providing humanitarian aid. Are the disappearances linked? Rumors circulate in a whirl of misinformation.
Marc must unravel the truth in a covert operation requiring utmost secrecy--from both the Americans and the insurgents. But even more secret than the undercover operation is the underground dialogue taking place between sworn enemies. Will the ultimate Reconciler between ancient enemies, current foes, and fanatical religious factions be heard?
Davis Bunn is an internationally-acclaimed author who has sold more than four million books in fifteen languages. Honoured with three Christy Awards for excellence in historical and suspense fiction, he has written several bestsellers, including The Great Divide, Winner Take All, The Meeting Place, The Book of Hours, Drummer in the Dark, To the Ends of the Earth, and The Quilt. Davis is also the co-author of the Song of Acadia series with Janette Oke. A sought-after lecturer in the art of writing, Davis Bunn has been named Novelist in Residence at Regent's Park College, Oxford University.