OVERRIDE

The Depths of the Sea

Jamie Metzl

St. Martin's Press

It's 1979 and Morgan O'Reilly, a dispirited CIA desk officer, is desperately trying to bury his memories. Sent to Cambodia as a Marine and then as a CIA operative during the Vietnam War, he had been given the unlikely task of pulling together a secret spy unit of orphaned street children. At the end of the war, he was only able to get one child out of the country, his surrogate son, Sophal. Years later, Sophal, now a CIA agent, disappears on a secret mission in the Cambodian refugee camps in Thailand.

Tom Dillon, the dashing young superstar of the White House foreign policy staff, asks O'Reilly to find Sophal and bring him home. O'Reilly's search takes him deeper and deeper into the politics of the Thai-Cambodian border and finally into the deadly Khmer Rouge zone - a place where all foreigners are forbidden from entering and where cruelty and death are omnipresent.

Filled with the fascinating workings of the refugee camps, the life or death politics of Washington, DC, and the inner workings of the personalities that are drawn to such extreme circumstances, Jamie Metzl's The Depths of the Sea is a thriller that both entertains and educates.

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"Jamie Metzl has written a powerful novel of hope that combines a fresh voice with an intelligent, exciting, and fast-paced story. His characters come alive as they try desperately to stay on course in the muddled, violent landscape of the Thai-Cambodian refugee camps. He has drawn a vivid and compelling portrait of a region and a people struggling to recover from years of war."
- U.S. Senator Joseph R. Biden

"Jamie Metzl is the rare novelist who can draw upon realworld experiences as both an aidworker and a White House official. In The Depths of the Sea, Metzl has given us a gripping and vivid thriller that leads readers on a trail of gun-running, Cold War intrigue, betrayal, and moral ambiguity. Metzl reminds us that the costs of U.S. interventions and retreats are lived one individual at a time."
- Samantha Power, Pulitizer Prize winning author of A Problem from Hell: American and the Age of Genocide

"In The Depths of the Sea, Jamie Metzl has succeeded in combining an entertaining thriller with a fascinating look at the dark political history of Southeast Asia. He is a writer of astonishing erudition and talent. A tour de force."
- Richard Holbrooke, former UN Ambassador

"Jamie Metzl has written a taut, suspenseful novel that captures the passions and the idealism of another era, while keeping the reader engrossed in a page-turning adventure. His vivid evocation of the experiences of humanitarian workers in the refugee camps on the Thai-Cambodian border is effective and deeply moving. A compelling debut."
- Shashi Tharoor, author of The Great Indian Novel and Riot

Jamie Metzl takes us into an Asian intrigue that spans continents, and bridges worlds....I read this book in Iraq.. and it took me beyond armed camps and concertina wire and suspicion into the possibilities of the human heart..."
- Jacki Lyden, author of Daughter of the Queen of Sheeba

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  • Jamie Metzl has served on the National Securtiy Council at the White House, in the State Department, and as a United Nations Human Rights Officer in Cambodia. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and holds a Ph.D. in Southeast Asian history from Oxford University. A marathon runner and Ironman triathlete, he lives in Kansas City, Missouri.
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