"Diabolical! Filled with twists, turns, crosses and double-crosses, Sullivan delivers a harrowing international thriller" —Lisa Gardner
Robin Monarch is a man with a complicated, secret past and a very grim future. Currently locked up in the USDB—the military supermax prison known as Leavenworth—the CIA offers Monarch one shot at freedom and a pardon. All he has to do is steal something from a highly secure position at ground zero of a war-zone and escape undetected. But this isn't Monarch's first time at this sort of dance—as an orphaned teen scraping for survival on the streets of Buenos Aires he was involved with the Fraternidad de Ladrones—the Brotherhood that schooled him the art of deception and survival. But his initiation rite is to take all the skills he has learned, and all the nerve he possesses and steal something of great value under impossible circumstances. In both cases, success will require everything he has—skill, wit, endurance, and intelligence—and means survival and freedom. And failure...failure is to lose all that he has.
Introducing Robin Monarch ("a Jason Bourne for the new millenium" —James Rollins) in the first in a series of standalone short stories.
Think Bourne. Think Bond. Think better.
U.S. Disciplinary Barracks
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
March 15, 2003
The Castle lay in ruins that bitter late-winter morning. Huge wrecking balls were pulverizing the formidable brick structure, once the American military's sole maximum-security prison.
In the backseat of a blue Ford sedan, U.S. Army Major General Percival Barrens barely glanced out his window at the destruction. A lean African American with short iron-gray hair and a face that revealed nothing, General Barrens's attention was focused a mile ahead on the new military prison that replaced