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Traitor : a novel
Peters, Ralph, 1952-
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New York : Avon Books, [1999]

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305 pages ; 25 cm
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Peters delivers a stunning and timeless tale of greed, human folly, and the bitter price of honor.

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Booklist Review

Lieutenant Colonel John Reynolds wants nothing more than to make love to his guitar-playing girlfriend, Tish, and do his job and serve his country, but nefarious forces are at work to overcharge the U.S. government for a fancy new plane. John is sucked into the vortex when two friends and Tish are killed. Naturally, a mysterious blond appears, and he must contend not only with his enemies (whoever they are) but also with the Washington, D.C., police and French spies! Peters deserves credit for not following a formula path with this story. In rapid-fire style, the author follows John through the streets of Washington, the Pentagon, and the rolling hills of upscale Virginia, all the while keeping the reader involved in constantly unfolding plot points. John's faith in the U.S. military and government is shaken, and eventually he stages a massive confrontation in a public place that pits all the parties involved against one another as the novel builds toward a slam-bang conclusion. --Joe Collins

Publisher's Weekly Review

"I do not imagine that a one-man crusade disguised as a thriller can change much," writes career soldier turned bestselling author Peters (The War in 2020, etc.) in an afterword to his knowing, deeply involving new thriller. Maybe not, but everybody inside the Beltway who deals with (or votes on) defense budget issues should read this beautifully crafted story about a man of principle trying against all odds to do the right thing. Lt. Col. John Reynolds is "one of a legion of staff officers sweating blood to keep an underfunded Army alive." Reynolds will be faced with even more savage budget cuts if a project called NFGB (Next Generation Fighter Bomber) gets the approval for which its corporate sponsor, Macon-Bolt Industries, is lobbying so hard. Two of Reynolds's old army buddiesÄan African-American general and an officer turned lobbyist for Macon-BoltÄdie suddenly and suspiciously. When his live-in ladyfriend, singer Tish O'Malley, is apparently killed by a car bomb, Reynolds begins to realize his own life has somehow become linked with the fate of NGFB. In addition to superb scenes of action, there are many worthy opponents here, notably a sharply sketched military madman destroying pets and works of art for dramatic effect, and a pair of ruthless French agents limited only by their own country's budgetary problems. But the real villain of this smartly effective thriller with a message is a giant military-industrial-political complex determined to suck up as much public money it can while people like Reynolds (and Peters) nip at its heel. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved