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Scorpion Betrayal

Top-notch espionage thriller

February 16, 2012
By REGINA M. ANGELI - Books Writer , The Daily News

Spy novel fans have a wild ride ahead of them with Andrew Kaplan's thriller

"Scorpion Betrayal." (Harper/450 pages, March 27)

The action begins with a daring assassination. A cold-blooded killer known

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simply as "the Palestinian" has killed the head of Egyptian Internal Security

in a cafe in broad daylight.

Things take a dramatic shift when former CIA agent nicknamed "Scorpion" discovers that the Palestinian has laid his hands on some enriched Uranium 235 and plague bacterium.

The story is a mad dash to prevent terrorism and keep the world safe from the unthinkable - an outbreak of untreatable plague which would dwarf the devastation of the Black Death of the Middle Ages and the release of an atomic bomb in a major metropolitan area.

Kaplan does a decent job in describing the old blood feuds that keep the Middle East mired in violence and fanaticism.

"Scorpion Betrayal" is a top-notch espionage thriller.



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