Meet Austin Clay, the CIA's best-kept secret.
There has always been a need in the spy game for operations outside the realm of legality - covert missions so black no one in the American government, and almost no one in intelligence itself, is aware of their existence. The left hand can't know what the right hand is doing.
Austin Clay is that right hand, executing missions that would be disavowed by his own government were he ever to be compromised. His team consists of only his trusted handler and himself. His missions are among the most important and dangerous in U.S. history.
Clay is sent to track down a missing American operative, a man who was captured outside of Moscow, in the Russian countryside. Soon he discovers the missing officer is only the beginning of the mission, and finds himself protecting a desperate woman who believes a mole has penetrated the top levels of the U.S. government, throwing the international balance of power into jeopardy.
With blistering pace, international intrigue, and a high-stakes plot that spans continents, The Right Hand introduces a new hero, from the novelist whose work the New York Times Book Review has proclaimed "devastatingly cool".
©2012 Derek Haas (P)2012 Hachette
Glancing at a single 3 star review almost caused me to miss "The Right Hand". Each to their own, but I thought this was a very worthwhile, exciting audiobook. The main character, Austin Clay, really has a lot of potential for a series. In addition, several supporting characters should hold up well for future stories.
However, the story is very satisfying as a "stand alone" production.The plot was well developed, full of action and had excellent tension during the ending. Moreover, I thought Kevin Stillwell's performance skillfully brought a wide range of characters to life despite differences in character, age, nationality and gender.
Overall, this audiobook is well worth a reader's time as well as a credit/money. I really hope Derek Haas continues on with the surviving characters.
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