Putnam, May 2001, 26.95, 416 pp.
The assignment is something that all the US Navy top brass wants to direct. Yet a woman, Lieutenant Commander Rose Craik obtains the job of directing the launching of the top-secret military satellite Peacemaker off the Libyan coast. Adding to her elation is her spouse Navy Lieutenant Alan Craik has just been transferred to the ship as an information officer.
However, the reunion is short lived as Alan learns that Hutu rebels led by Serbian terrorist Zulu has captured his close friend, CIA agent Harry O'Neill. Alan rescues his buddy with the help of a SEAL, but they trek across an unfriendly stretch of Africa like fish out of the sea with little chance of survival. At the same time, Rose finds herself beleaguered by an international cast to include her own country, Russians, Libyans, and Frenchmen.
If PEACE MAKER seems everywhere, don't fret it is. With several major subplots taking place in Serbia, Africa, America, and Libya and its coastal waters, Gordon Kent shows his talent by engaging the reader with a non-stop thriller that brilliantly ties everything together. The plot is complex way beyond the normal rules of the military espionage thriller. Fans will fully relish what is probably the sub-genre's best book of the year so far and want to read the previous Craik family album, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner