"Great espionage thriller"
After spending a quarter of the century spying in various
hot spots, Kirk "Mac" McGarvey looks forward to spending
the rest of his life in the arms of his wife and child.
However, the President nominated Mac to replace recently
retired CIA Director Roland Murphy, the dream culmination
of a dedicated career man. Still Mac wonders if he wants
the aggravation as teaching Voltaire seems more appropriate
right now. Still Mac accepts the offer and his senate
confirmation hearings will convene shortly, but in the
interim he is the acting director.
The nomination triggers a brainwashed assassin to rise from
sleep with the object to kill Mac. As someone stalks Mac
and his family, the acting director begins his own
inquiry. He concludes that an inner circle associate is
obsessed with his death, but whom? Unbeknownst to Mac is
that his deadliest Cold War foe General Baranov has left
behind a legacy from his grave, an executioner who silently
awaited the trigger to kill Mac.
When it comes to exciting Cold War and Post Cold War
dramas, no one provides a more exhilarating and horrifying
fiction than David Hagberg renders. His latest espionage
thriller has been used before (Manchurian Candidate), but
rarely at the level of gripping suspense as THE KILL ZONE
contains. The story line is fast-paced while seizing the
full attention of the audience because Mac, his wife and
their daughter are a warm family that no one wants harmed
except for an awakening sleeper agent and a dead Russian.
This is a triumph for the Cold War espionage crowd.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 15, 2002