Shelter From the Storm

Shelter From the Storm

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Penguin Putnam
Zack McClintock, an over-the-hill "security consultant," knows he isn't up to traveling to Central Asia in search of his kidnapped son-in-law. A group claiming to be Islamic fundamentalists has first demanded a million-dollar ransom, then suddenly offered to free the son-in-law if a deranged and feral local child, fallen into the hands of an American woman, is flown to the United States. Zack finds himself in a country teetering on the edge of anarchy, wracked by tribal and sectarian violence, but even he is surprised by how quickly things come apart. Threatened on all sides by deceit, betrayal, and random violence, Zack discovers that the greatest jeopardy originates in the human heart as he tries to understand whether he's being confronted with a last chance at salvation or just another enormous loss.

Shelter from the Storm is storytelling at its best. The timely plot, taut writing, and powerful characters make it a rare achievement.

Baker & Taylor
When a group of Islamic fundamentalists kidnaps his son-in-law, demanding in exchange a feral local child, aging security consultant Zack McClintock journeys to central Asia, where he encounters tribal and sectarian violence, deceit, and betrayal. 22,500 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Zack McClintock, a Vietnam veteran and desk-bound security consultant, has spent the past years trying to put his professional and personal failures behind him - relying on Chivas and antidepressants to get through the day. But when his son-in-law Paul Fletcher, a plant pathologist on temporary assignment in Central Asia, is kidnapped, Zack decides, for his daughter's sake, to leave his cozy suburban life and search for Fletcher.
Confronted by two ransom notes - the first demanding $1 million, the second offering to free Fletcher in exchange for a medical airlift to the United States for a mysterious feral boy - Zack wades into an anarchic world where law has collapsed, the local currency has no value, drug lords and Islamic fundamentalists jostle for power, and reality is as shifting and frightening as the graffiti on every wall. When he encounters the wolf-child, and his caretaker, an attractive American woman, Zack has difficulty knowing whether they represent a second chance at redemption or his final, fatal mistake.

Baker
& Taylor

When a group of Islamic fundamentalists kidnaps his son-in-law, demanding in exchange a feral local child, Zack McClintock journeys to central Asia, where he encounters tribal and sectarian violence, deceit, and betrayal.

Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2003
ISBN: 9780399149887
0399149880
Branch Call Number: FIC Mewshaw, M 2003
Characteristics: 280 pages ; 24 cm

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