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One of the world's most intrepid journalists, Charles Jaco has risked his life reporting from behind the borders of more than forty countries. Jaco knows firsthand the shady politics that often hide the truth from the public. Now, in Dead Air, his first
novel, he blends international intrigue with a chillingly plausible plot to create the most action-packed thriller of the year.
Summer 1990. Saddam Hussein is stockpiling an arsenal of terror. Someone is covertly selling him the chemicals needed to make deadly biological weapons. Veteran TV correspondent Peter Dees--hard-living, wisecracking, eager for a break--seizes the story. But his sources, many of them his friends, are dying one by one, shot in the head execution-style.
Determined to uncover the truth behind these slayings, Dees himself becomes a target in an insidious emerging plot. From Port-au-Prince and Cairo to the scorched deserts of Saudi Arabia and Iraq, Dees finds the conspiracy much deeper than he ever imagined as he discovers a shocking secret hidden inside a murdered producer's computer file. Then, along with the sassy, canny, and beautiful TV producer Melinda Adams, Dees's search for answers propels him into the very heart of a death-charred war zone.
Yet as Dees scrambles to piece together a story that could rock the world, he senses powerful forces closing in on him. For it seems that everyone--even the U.S. government--masks deep, damning secrets. And the closer Dees gets to the truth, the likelier it becomes that he will never get out of the country alive.
In his riveting novel of suspense, laced through with biting humor and a breakneck pace, Jaco captures the spirit of the men and women who report--and sometimes shape--the major events of the world in a novel you will never forget.
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