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The Deserter

book | Fiction | Sep 2019
UK & Comm → Little, Brown Book Group (UK) (Ed. Ed Wood)
US & Canada → Simon & Schuster (Ed. Marysue Rucci)

A taut, psychologically suspenseful military thriller from number one New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille writing with his son, award-winning screenwriter Alex DeMille, about two army investigators on the hunt in Venezuela for an army deserter who might know too much about a secret Pentagon operation.

When Captain Kyle Mercer of the Army’s elite Delta Force disappeared from his post in Afghanistan, a video released by his Taliban captors made international headlines. But circumstances were murky: did Mercer desert before he was captured? Then a second video sent to Mercer’s Army commanders leaves no doubt: the trained assassin and keeper of classified Army intelligence has willfully disappeared.

When Mercer is spotted a year later in Caracas, Venezuela by an old army buddy, top military brass task Scott Brodie and Maggie Taylor of the Criminal Investigation Division to fly to Venezuela and bring Mercer back to America dead or alive. Brodie knows this is a difficult mission, made more difficult by his new partner’s inexperience and by his suspicion that Maggie Taylor is reporting to the CIA.

With ripped-from-the-headlines appeal, an exotic and dangerous locale, and the hairpin twists and inimitable humor that are signature DeMille, The Deserter is the first in a timely and thrilling new series.


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