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The brutal secret war to win Kosovo's freedom from Serbia is in full swing when The Rendition takes readers behind the headlines for an inside look at the United States' involvement. Alex Klear, a veteran intelligence officer, is sent to the Balkans on a hastily planned rendition which goes terribly bad. Alex decides it's time to retire. However, when he is persuaded to go ...more
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Oceanview Publishing
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G. Miki
The novel starts with an unofficial U.S. operation to capture Ramush Nadaj in Kosovo... for whatever reason... and take him elsewhere to meet whatever fate. In short, the undertaking is a rendition, an illegal abduction.

Alex Klear, a contract intelligence officer, is in on it, and the mission doesn’t end well for him.

For readers, however, all is well, and that’s just the opening salvo of a well-paced, well-written suspense thriller filled with never-a-dull moment twists and turns and a protagon
Reverend Stanleigh Chapin

But I felt that the characters were not developed, especially the main who seemed to vacillate between sharp & intelligent to indecisive & dumb
Marcleitson Leitson
Was a simple mystery in Kosovo was truly enjoyed the way it was written more than the story itself. Surprised I had not run across the author before.
this one kept me reading
thought it was well done with realistic situations, actions, characters
Plots are engaging. The author obviously knows his stuffs and is in his elements. Characters and plots feel real. It does evoke memories of the quiet espionage intrigue in John le Carré era. In the more updated version from Ashforth, there's a bit more action involved, and the ending (much as Hollywood movies goes) wraps up all loose ends for the black op. I wonder how often that turns out in real life...
Post Cold War spy thriller about a rendition that goes terribly bad. The person who is being chased had used sarin gas on his own people, hoping to point the blame on the USA. Chased all over Europe, he is finally tracked down and arrested. His minions are either dead or in jail. Throw in an old flame and you have this rather formulaic post Cold War, post 9/11 spy thriller. Ok but not great.
David Marshall
Although I find the hero embarrassingly sexist, the substance of this thriller is genuinely enjoyable and Albert Ashworth makes a good shot at showing the political complexities of covert operations on "friendly" soil.
Andd Becker
The book needs editing help for overworked words.
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Albert Ashforth served in the U.S. Army overseas upon graduating from high school. When he returned, he earned his B.A. from Brooklyn College. He worked for two New York City newspapers before returning to Europe to write a book. He worked as a military contractor in Bosnia, Kosovo, Germany and Afghanistan. He also worked at the German military academy (the equivalent of West Point) training NATO ...more
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