In this compulsive page-turner, six-time New York Times bestselling author John Weisman blows the lid off one of Washington's deepest real-world secrets. The CIA, currently incapable of performing its core mission of supplying critical and time-sensitive human-based intelligence for the global war on terror, must now outsource the work to private contractors. Drawing on real-world crises and actual CIA operations, Direct Action takes readers deep inside this new and unreported covert warfare that is being fought on a daily basis by anonymous shadow warriors all across the globe.
From a bestselling author with intimate knowledge of CIA tradecraft comes an electrifying novel of terrifying possibilities –– a story of betrayal and secrets that could implode America's war on terrorism ... and a nightmarish conspiracy firmly rooted in the very highest levels of our nation's government.
"This is the kind of truth you can only tell in fiction, otherwise lives would be lost. John Weisman takes the reader into the very heart of CIA and special operations. It’s a must read if you want to know how and where we’ll be fighting our next war." -- ROBERT BAER, AUTHOR OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER SEE NO EVIL AND VETERAN CIA CASE OFFICER
On the eve of a groundbreaking U.S.–China summit, a covert CIA black ops team assigned to bug a Chinese nuclear test site is captured by Islamic terrorists. An explosive situation goes from bad to catastrophic when the terrorists ambush a Chinese army convoy, highjack a highly unstable nuclear device ... and arm it.
"There are only a few authors who are able to climb inside the culture, mindset, and passions of the people who conduct covert and special operations. John Weisman and SOAR reveals to you why he's the best in the business in writing about it. " — WILLIAM S. COHEN, FORMER DEFENSE SECRETARY