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The warlord
Dickinson, Richard H.
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New York : Rugged Land, [2004]

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329 pages; 24 cm
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A fictional answer to Black Hawk Down, The Warlord is a pulsating military thriller set against today's special ops war in Afghanistan. --------------- Meet three-star general, Jackson Monroe, a character very much based on four-star general, Colin Powell. What would happen if a polished middle-aged man like Powell found himself shot down in the mountains of Afghanistan and surrounded by the enemy? Can a soft political general who has spent decades inside the corridors of Washington now become a hardened survivor, killer, and commander inside a war zone? Loosely based on Xenophon's The Persian Expedition, The Warlord tells the story of former sniper Jackson Monroe (The Silent Men) a man who must follow and then lead a ragtag unit against adversary after adversary as they try to make their way across hundreds of miles of hostile territory. Evading, feinting, fighting, and then avenging, Monroe finally finds the commando he once was and the commander he always wanted to be.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Any thriller that's advertised as "a fictional answer to Black Hawk Down," claims to be "loosely based on Xenophon's The Persian Expedition" and says that its lead character is "very much" modeled on Colin Powell would appear to be asking for trouble. But Dickinson manages to satisfy with a smoothly written and painstakingly researched story about an overage warrior suddenly plunked down into the middle of the war in Afghanistan. Jackson Monroe, the Vietnam sniper hero of The Silent Men, is now a four-star general and political insider. He is forced into real action when a diplomatic trip is interrupted by the assassination of a leading Afghan warlord, and Monroe has to take control of his team's only remaining helicopter. Long unused, his 30-year-old survival skills click into place, but are they enough to keep the general and his men alive over-and in-enemy territory? The Special Forces troops with him doubt it-as the lone civilian along puts it, "You're a fancy pants general who doesn't know shit"-but a brutal kill wins their trust. Powell might not approve or recognize himself, but if no copies of Xenophon are handy, this timely and imaginative military thriller makes a good option. (Sept.) Forecast: The Silent Men has sold 130,000 copies in mass market paperback, and The Warlord looks likely to match its success. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Once a sniper in Vietnam, Lt. Gen. Jackson Monroe last seen in Dickinson's The Silent Men is now a desk jockey. Sent to Afghanistan to observe the Special Forces, he's also on a political mission to determine whether this unit should be downgraded. When a warlord is murdered and Jackson blamed, he and a handful of Special Forces troops must escape their Afghan enemies over incredibly rugged terrain. Unfortunately, Jackson is more of a hindrance than a help, as he bitterly resents having to subordinate himself to a young captain. Gradually, Jackson realizes that he needs the others to survive and that his opinion of Special Forces is just plain wrong. Filled with action and insight into Afghan tribal politics and standards, this book is flawed only by Jackson's unbending stubbornness early on. A fast and exciting read; recommended for all popular fiction collections. Robert Conroy, Warren, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.