The Golden Arrow
Iran’s mullahs will do anything to possess a nuclear missile that can destroy Israel and with it, the reputation of its ally, the United States. Confronted with a weak and vacillating US president, whose only response to nuclear terror is endless multilateral talks, the mullahs move decisively to implement a sophisticated international financial strategy to fund their ambitious nuclear program. They are assisted in attaining this goal by their increasingly Islamist ally, the Republic of Turkey. Long viewed as a staunch secular ally of the West, Turkey has decided — in the face of an irresolute US — that it must play its own foreign policy game in the increasingly byzantine, Islamist world of Middle East power politics.
US intelligence agent, Adam Chin, and his soulmate, Indian intelligence operative, Col. Supriya Lal, are on vacation together in Central Asia. For Chin and Lal, every vacation is a ‘busman’s holiday.’ During the stakeout of an old warehouse in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, suspected in human trafficking, the duo stumbles across evidence that Iran is engaged in a secretive gold mining operation, the profits from which seem certain to be funding their illegal nuclear weapons program. The trail of these illicit activities takes Chin and Lal from Tahskent, across southwest Asia, to Istanbul. Then the trail leads inexorably to Tehran, where Chin and Lal must figure out how to thwart an imminent nuclear launch by Iran that will reap a second Holocaust for Israel, and alter the balance of power in the Middle East forever. As the two agents race against the clock to stop the mullahs, they are caught in the political cross-fire from Washington where an iron-willed Secretary of State takes on her feckless boss, the President of the United States, who seems oblivious that the fate of democracy in the Middle East hangs in the balance.
Drawn straight from today’s headlines, the story is faithful to the history, geography, and cultures of Asia. This is the second installment in the Adam Chin trilogy. The third volume, Seven Days in August, is scheduled for release in early 2016 and deals with nukes and Islam in Africa. It takes place in East Africa, Turkey, and the Middle East.
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In the wake of Pakistan’s acquisition of new long-range missile technology from North Korea (via an Islamist Iran), China decides that Pakistan now represents a nuclear threat not just to India but to China itself. To deal with this threat, China invades Pakistan to eliminate the latter’s entire nuclear arsenal—missiles and all. Complications arise as the General commanding the Chinese invasion force decides that he wants to use this occasion to defect to the West, bringing with him valuable information about Chinese assets and ambitions in Central Asia, as well as key data about the current state of Pakistan’s nuclear capabilities.
US intelligence agent, Adam Chin, is tasked by the US Secretary of State to travel to India and Pakistan to protect the General from a vengeful Chinese Government that has already signed the General’s death warrant. Chin pursues his objective only to find himself in the middle of a firestorm as China, India and Pakistan all prepare to go to war. Even as he attempts the impossible in India and Pakistan, Chin is caught in political cross-fire in Washington between a weak, vacillating US President who refuses to use the diplomatic and military tools at his disposal to force the Chinese out of Pakistan and keep the peace in the region, and a strong-willed Secretary of State who not only takes her own hard line on China but is also likely to be the President’s principal competition in the next US elections. Chin’s life is further complicated by the beautiful Indian secret agent, Colonel Supriya Lal, a member of India’s elite Defense Intelligence Agency who is supposed to be helping Chin with his mission but who has her own mysterious agenda in Pakistan as well.
As the two agents race against the clock, they take on Islamic terrorists intent on capturing Pakistan’s nuclear weapons for their own villainous purposes, as well as treacherous allies ready to betray the two agents for a few rupees. Overhanging all else is the threat of a deadly Chinese Government that will stop at nothing to get what it wants. The plot is drawn from today’s headlines, but the story remains true to the history, geography, and cultures of Central and South Asia.
Dragon's Paw is the first part of the Adam Chin Trilogy.
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