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Kelly's people
Wager, Walter H.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, [2002]

Physical Description:
349 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
"A Forge book"--T.p. verso.
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The five ace intelligence agents gathered at the secret St. John Institute are the best of the best. The best at tradecraft. The best at weapons handling. The best at analyzing a volatile situation, getting in, getting what they came for, and getting out alive.

They are all dead-their old identities perished when they were kidnapped by the secret masters of the institute. Now they have new names and new personal histories. More important, each has received a life-saving organ transplant. And something else-twice a day, each is given an injection of a mysterious golden serum. They are no longer ordinary human beings. Their minds are linked in a bond that grows stronger with time.

Their leader is known as Denny Monroe. He doesn't trust anyone associated with the St. John Institute-especially not Charlotte Willson, who oversees the transplant project. Since the five agents are already dead, Monroe figures they're seen as expendable-and he's going to do whatever is necessary to protect himself and his four colleagues.

Half a world away, a Russian general, desperate to escape his country's failing economy and crumbling military, sells five small atomic bombs-suitcase nukes-to an international terrorist. He's paid a staggering sum that allows him to ignore the death and destruction the bombs will inevitably cause.

But General Temkov can't quite sleep peacefully at night. His best spy has vanished in the U.S. under suspicious circumstances. Kidnapping an Americana diplomat in Moscow, Temkov pressures the CIA to reveal the whereabouts of his missing man. But the CIA knows nothing.

The first suitcase nuke destroys a small African city-a test of the equipment. Three more bombs are on their way to London, Jerusalem, and Washington, D.C. The CIA is convinced that the missing spy and the missing bombs are somehow connected. But to find out exactly what is going on, they need Denny Monroe and his band of extraordinary telepaths. Monroe has needs of his own-to determine the identity of the mysterious "Kelly's People." Are they his team, or does the St. John Institute guard even more secrets?

Author Notes

Walter Wager is the bestselling author of more than twenty thrillers, which have been published in twelve languages. Three of his novels have been adapted for film: 58 Minutes ("Die Hard II"), the classic Telefon , and Viper Three ("Twilight's Last Gleaming"). Other novels include Otto's Boy and Tunnel . Wager has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Denver Post, The Baltimore Sun, and The San Francisco Chronicle .

Wager has worked in senior positions at the United Nations, for CBS and NBC, at Playbill magazine, at the Julliard School, and for ASCAP. He has been a member of the board of directors of the Mystery Writers of America. Wager graduated from Columbia, studied at the Sorbonne, and holds degrees in law from Northwestern and Harvard.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

An international terrorist threatens world destruction in this brisk, cinematic outing. The Russians have perfected a new secret weapon intelligence agents with chemically enhanced mind-reading abilities. Not to be outdone, the CIA sets up its own training program with a group of agents saved from death by drastic means and dosed with a secret serum giving them ESP powers. Having lost a key agent in the U.S., Moscow intelligence kidnaps a CIA agent to exchange for their missing "Anna." Meanwhile, the CIA learns that a top general with access to Russia's arsenal is secretly selling small nuclear devices called "Demons" to a Middle Eastern client with apocalypse on his mind. When one Demon erases a large African town in a test run, the CIA pulls Denny Monroe, the deadliest agent from the ESP team, and sends him to Moscow to use his superspy skills and new mental powers to locate the kidnapped agent and track the other Demons. What Monroe discovers is so grave that all the men and women of the group must join psychic forces and race against the clock as it counts down to nuclear destruction. Wager (Tunnel) shrouds the subplots with appropriate mystery and nails the field action and political squirming, while escalating to a final confrontation that leaves the door open for a sequel. Improbable coincidences, sci-fi excess and a hyper-politically correct cast will keep some readers from taking the novel seriously, but it's a great thrill ride for those willing to suspend disbelief and take the plunge. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved