Book Two in the Black Flagged series
Two years after shocking Washington, D.C., with a brutal betrayal, General Terrence Sanderson prepares for his triumphant return. With his illegal covert operations group resurrected, he waits in the shadows for the right moment to demonstrate the grim necessity of the Black Flag program. His opportunity may arrive sooner than expected.
At Langley, Karl Berg is appointed to a new position within the CIA's National Clandestine Service. As senior liaison to the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Intelligence Center, he makes a disturbing discovery. Russian Federation intelligence services are secretly scouring Europe to find Anatoly Reznikov, a rogue Russian scientist at the top of every nation's WMD watch list.
Criminally obsessed with reviving a project long banned by the Russian government, Reznikov has finally found partners willing to fund his horrifying research. While the Russians pursue Reznikov, Berg goes "off the books" again and sends one of Sanderson's Black Flag teams to investigate.
Led by Daniel Petrovich, the team uncovers a twisted and devastating conspiracy aimed at the United States and its European allies. With the help of Berg's shadowy network, an unlikely team of "illegal" operatives races against the clock to find Reznikov, before the Russians eliminate their only link to the emerging worldwide threat.
As always, nothing is quite what it seems in this gritty world of covert operatives, rogue extremists and back room Washington agendas.
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A fun ride that pulled me in!
- Drew (@drewsant)
Yes, but there's a subtle story-line here that is a bit too patronizing of the federal agencies. As a veteran of the military and many year in overseas special operations I assure all readers that the FBI, ATF, NSA, and DHS are NOT in business to protect and serve American citizens. They exist to protect and serve the most powerful political elite in Washington - and no one else. The military services, and to some degree the CIA, are generally of a different camp. These "overseas-oriented" communities are generally distrusted by the domestic agencies, and for very powerful political reasons. Mr. Konkoly does good service to the reader in this regard.
I am a bit troubled that Steve Konkoly would give any deference at all to the "good" intentions of the DEA and ATF's anti-firearms initiatives. The Justice Departments anti-2nd Amendment initiatives have sinister origins and are principally focused on control of Americans, and the drug-control war is a secondary altruistic interest that serves for convenient info-op purpose.
I ask the reader's patience with my diatribe here: It took me nearly 30 years as an officer in uniformed service to wake up to what the US Government is all about. As a vet of some of these programs somewhat cloaked in Steve Konkoly's "Black-Flagged" series, I assure the readers that at the core of their purposes, the senior leadership of the FBI, ATF, DEA, NSA, and DHS are NOT in the business to protect and serve American citizens. Their main priority above anything is to protect and serve the most powerful political elite in Washington - and no one else. The military services, and to some degree the CIA, are generally of a different camp (though not always). The defense community especially, tends to draw the "incorruptible" at an early age. These young soldiers, marines, sailors, and air-warriors grow up in their branches with a first-hand disgust of politicians. When they assume high offices, former military people are, as a general rule, distrusted by the Washington insiders and for very powerful political reasons. Mr. Konkoly does good service to the reader in this regard.
- MTB DC