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Leopards Kill

Leopards Kill

Jim DeFelice

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A journey into the hell that is the War on Terror—a Heart of Darkness for the new century.

Former Army Special Forces soldier Jack Pilgrim has it all – big bucks, a successful security business with plush government contracts, a beautiful wife. Then Pilgrim's partner, Merc Conrad, goes missing in Afghanistan with a chunk of government cash and most of the company's assets. The CIA threatens to throw Pilgrim in jail if he doesn't find Merc and return the money. Pilgrim knows his business--and his extravagant lifestyle--are on the line, but Merc saved Jack's life three times while they served together in the Army in Afghanistan. So Jack owes him. Big.

Determined to find Conrad, Pilgrim returns to Afghanistan. The country in chaos as the US prepares to pull out. Pilgrim follows Merc's trail to the border area of Pakistan; with every step he seems to descend deeper into a Dantesque hell. Rumor has it that Conrad has fielded a guerilla army and is hot on the trail of Osama bin Laden. The further into the uncharted border zone Jack Pilgrim goes, the larger the legend of Merc Conrad becomes. Warding off insurgent attacks and pockets of terror cells, Pilgrim's odyssey into the Afghan badlands has him questioning his own reality, and the closer he seems to get to Conrad, the more peril he faces. If Jack Pilgrim wants to get out of Afghanistan alive, he may need Merc Conrad now more than ever.



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Chapter One

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“Gritty and tough, Leopards Kill is a sizzling journey into hell. Jim DeFelice writes like Mickey Spillane with an attitude. If you like thrillers that sock you where you live, you're going to love DeFelice.” —Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of The Traitor

“I loved Leopards Kill, and I believe it's the best thing Jim DeFelice has done. The story tells a lot about the War on Terror, and a lot about war in general. With obvious parallels to Apocalypse Now, it's the kind of book you enjoy while you read it and think about later.” —Larry Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Dangerous Ground

“Mix two parts Apocalypse Now, one part Heart of Darkness, add a dollop of Robert Stone's Dog Soldiers, a dose of Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls and you have Jim DeFelice's spellbinding new thriller, Leopards Kill. DeFelice has always been great but never better than in Leopards Kill. It's no wonder he's known as ‘the thriller writer's thriller writer.'” —David Hagberg, USA Today bestselling author of Soldier of God and winner of three American Mystery Awards

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About the author

Jim DeFelice

Jim DeFelice is the author of many military thrillers and has frequently collaborated with New York Times bestselling authors Stephen Coonts, Larry Bond, and Richard Marcinko. DeFelice's solo novels include Threat Level Black, Coyote Bird, War Breaker, and My Brother's Keeper.

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