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Born in England, Andrew Britton moved to the United States when he was seven. Britton joined the Army at age eighteen, spent two years as a combat engineer, and then enrolled at the University of North Carolina, pursuing a double major in economics and psychology. It was at UNC that Britton began writing The American, while taking a full load of courses and holding down a job. It wasn't until he sold The American that he told family and friends that he had written a book.
The American (2006)
The Senate Majority leader brazenly assassinated in the nation's capital. A high-rise apartment complex brought down by a suicide bomber. The most feared terrorist network aided by the most surprising-and deadly-of enemies.
A dangerous new world needs a whole new set of players. Welcome to The American.
In this powerful debut thriller from one of the freshest new voices in international suspense, Andrew Britton has crafted a bold novel that crackles with a high-stakes, post-9/11 urgency and introduces maverick CIA agent Ryan Kealy.
At thirty-three, Ryan has achieved more in his military and CIA career than most men can dream of in a lifetime. He's also seen the worst life has to offer and is lucky to have survived it. But being left alone with his demons is no longer an option. The CIA needs him badly, because the enemy they're facing is former U.S. soldier Jason March. Ryan knows all about March-he trained him. He knows they're dealing with one of the most ruthless assassins in the world, a master of many languages, an explosives expert, a superb sharpshooter who can disappear like a shadow and who is capable of crimes they cannot begin to imagine. And now, March has resurfaced on the global stage, aligning himself with a powerful Middle East terror network whose goal is nothing less than the total destruction of the United States.
Teaming up with beautiful and tenacious British-born agent Naomi Kharmai, Ryan intends to break every rule in order to hunt down his former pupil, whatever the cost to himself. As Ryan puts together the pieces of a terrifying puzzle, and as the elusive March taunts him, always staying one step ahead, he discovers the madman's crusade is personal as well as political-and Ryan himself is an unwitting pawn. With the clock ticking down and the fate of the country resting uneasily on his shoulders, Ryan is caught in a desperate game of cat-and-mouse with the most cunning opponent he's ever faced, one who will never stop until he's committed the ultimate act of evil-a man who is all the more deadly for being one of our own.
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