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The Second Saladin

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  723 ratings  ·  16 reviews
A second chance...

In the windswept sands of the Middle East, Paul Chardy fought side by side with Ulu Beg: one, a charismatic, high-strung CIA covert warrior, the other a ferocious freedom fighter.Then Chardy fell into the hands of the enemy, and Beg was betrayed.Now the two men are about to meet again.

A second gun...

Beg has come over the Mexican border under a hail of bul
ebook, 496 pages
Published September 8th 2010 by Dell (first published 1982)
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Ulu Beg, a Kurdish freedom fighter betrayed by the CIA, sneaks over the Mexico/U.S. border with a Russian-made Skorpion machine pistol. He intends to kill former Secretary of State Joseph Danzig, the most thinly veiled version of Henry Kissinger I've seen in a novel.

As soon as the CIA gets wind of Ulu Beg's presence in the U.S. they pull Paul Chardy out of retirement. Chardy is a cowboy from the bad old days of the Agency who fought alongside Ulu Beg against the Soviets, but betrayed him and his
Stephen Hunter has had two writing lives. Before the early 1990s he wrote generic thrillers about espionage, terrorism, and other facets of the standard fare. In the 1990s he shifted to a style all his own: an extensive documentation of the lives and adventures of the Swagger Family: Earl Swagger, a Medal-of-Honor winning Marine and Arkansas state trooper; Bob Lee Swagger, Earl's son and an outstanding Marine sniper in Vietnam; and Ray Cruz, Bob Lee's son, a Marine sniper in Afghanistan. For rev ...more
Not the typical Hunter book, but great nonetheless. Frenchy Short is the only recognizable name in this book to the normal Hunter reader, however the characters are developed fully and you get a sense of who they are and their roles. Some are difficult to tell which is the good guy and which is the bad guy and who is on whose side. The book is somewhat split between two factions and both of those are 'warring' in two parts of North America. Good rolling plot with a few twists towards the end. A ...more
Bill Kempthorne
I like Stephen Hunter a lot but this book is a little dated and it didn't travel well for me. Treating 70/80s as a current day story wasn't something I could get into.
Feb 20, 2008 Ike rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: true fans of Stephen Hunter but not those unfamiliar with him.
Shelves: sniper, action
I am a fan of Stephen Hunter and usually get completely engrossed in his books. This one didn't quite do it for me. I think this is one of his first and it shows in the writing. If you've never read any of hunter I think his best is Point of Impact. This introduces you to Bob Lee Swagger (a retired world class marine sniper battling alcoholism and depression)and is the first of about 4 Swagger books. Then there are some based on Bob Lee's father. These are much better reads

The day before midnigh
Easy to see how Mr. Hunter became such a good developer of character...

great book
Lance Bravin
I'm a huge fan of Bob Swagger and tried this. I didn't even finish it.
Love the author, he can write up a storm. This one takes a little more time. There are some interesting passages where we move inside the head of some of the characters, and its not always an easy read; a little fragmented. The plot is solid, the hero an amazing good guy. There are some very good subplots, particularly with a sojourn into Mexico.
On balance, a good read. Hunter just tries to do a lot in one book, and it doesn't always mesh perfectly.
Mark Edlund
Hunter moves away from his Swagger stories with this standalone thriller. Several alphabetized US agencies get involved with protecting a former Secretary of State from a Kurd assassin. Yet who is running who and is Chardy who he seems to be? Not a bad book but like the Swagger series more.
Not a single Canadian reference, even obscure ones.
Nate Hendrix
This is a spy story that covers several decades and half the world. Action and intrigue Hunter is an excellent story teller. One of the charcters appears again in a much later book. I will be reading everything he writes.
This one was ok, I wasn't overly thrilled with it. But then again, it is an older book and some of the spy adventure stuff was pretty outdated for me. I still give it three stars though, cuz Stephen Hunter is awesome.
Definitely not up to the quality of his other books. Hunter has managed to write the most irritating female character EVER in Johanna - I lost count of the number of times she says "Oh Paul."
an early hunter.
paul chardy is the CIA "cowboy".
good read.
lots of twists and turns.
Calton Bolick
Standard, competently written thriller. Nothing that really makes it stand out or be memorable.
Ronald Howell
Somewhat of a slow read for Stephen Hunter. Not his usually cast of characters.
She-ra's A' DragQueen
Meh, it was kewl, I wouldn't have bought it myself
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Stephen Hunter is the author of fourteen novels, and a chief film critic at The Washington Post, where he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
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