Hunter's Run

Gayle Rivers, Author Putnam Publishing Group $21.95 (303p) ISBN 978-0-399-13505-7
Expertise fills--and sometimes clogs--every page of this adventure by counter-terrorist expert Rivers ( The Killing House ). Pulled from his leadership position as a Special Forces officer, Major Bob Yardley is virtually kidnapped by the U.S. government and given the task of masterminding an audacious jailbreak. In England, he assembles a team of covert-operations agents to spring a British prisoner who may have obtained classified American documents on the Soviet government. Rivers's step-by-step account of the plan's execution is a skillful anatomy of a caper, although whole passages are stuffed with needless tech-talk; a flight to Marseilles, for example, becomes an excuse for a ground-to-cockpit transcript. About halfway through the novel, Yardley discovers that he's been a pawn in a much larger game--an attempt to steal Iran's Peacock Throne. Despite the relentlessly gung-ho dialogue and some structural problems, including a hero who disappears for much of the narrative, the novel offers the undemanding entertainment value of a B-movie double bill. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 11/01/1989
Release date: 11/01/1989
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-1-55773-313-9
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