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Publisher's Summary

For those chosen to fight terrorism at its source, secrecy is the only imperative, a rule Special Agent Jeremy Waller is about to find out the hard way. Selected for the FBI's elite Hostage Rescue Team, Agent Waller gives up a life he thought he understood to dive headlong into a violent world of trapdoor truths and shifting alliances where the greatest threat may be his own sense of right and wrong.
He is not alone. Sirad Malneaux, a beautiful executive at one of the world's top telecommunications companies, turns out to be more adept at murder than marketing. Her true role as a CIA Nonofficial Cover operative will turn a simple assignment into a secret Waller can never divulge.
Jordan Mitchell, CEO of Borders Atlantic and one of the world's richest men, threatens to trade national security for market share by selling a new encryption technology to the Saudis. His shameless love of money is surpassed by just one other passion, a passion only Jeremy is capable of discovering.
Senator Elizabeth Beechum, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee and front-running presidential candidate, vows to stop Mitchell at any cost. Unfortunately, even her security clearances and insider status cannot protect her from being charged with an unspeakable crime.
Racing from the FBI's secret training rooms to Arabian deserts, from the halls of Congress to the back rooms of Wall Street, and told with a voice only an insider like Christopher Whitcomb could summon, Black lifts the curtain on a world of secret operations, corporate manipulation, and classified technology. It is a world where everything you thought you knew about justice comes to an end, a world where Agent Waller discovers that sometimes the only way to get out of the darkness is to head even deeper into the shadows.
©2004 Christopher Whitcomb (P)2004 Recorded Books
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Critic Reviews

"Whitcomb is that rare treasure, a man who has led a life of incredible adventure and danger and who can deliver every mesmerizing detail with the skill and wit of a seasoned novelist." (David Baldacci, author of Wish You Well)
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5 out of 5 stars
By James on 06-26-04

Jaw-dropping suspense

As soon as I finished the audio I raced out for the hardback to send as gifts to my kids and husband! As current as tomorrow's headlines, and probably at least as informative, this is the best espionage/suspense novel since the Cold War ended. Whitcomb's writing is equal to the story he tells, but I do agree that for the first half of the book the narrator's gasping for breath was annoying. At times he seemed to be yawning(!), but by the second half I was so absorbed in the tale I never again noticed any distraction. Great read; great listen.

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2 out of 5 stars
By James B on 11-29-05

Black Deception

This book has attributes to commend it. Seemingly diverse characters being inexplicably drawn together being most notable.

I'm a mystery buff; I'm so because I love the challenge of being presented with facts to solve the mystery. I rarely, fully succeed but I enjoy trying.

This novel does not offer such a senerio. It deceives the reader from page one and results in an incredulous and unsatisfying ending. It smells of sequels, sequels I'll not be reading.

Give me Sanford, Marsh, Connelly, McBain, et. al. any day.

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