In 2009, the CIA's Kabul Station fell for a source who promised to lead it to Bin Laden, but instead he blew himself up, taking the station's most senior officers with him. Now, more than two years later, the station is still floundering, agents are dying, and at Langley the CIA's chiefs wonder if the unthinkable has happened, if somehow the Taliban has infiltrated the station.
When they ask John Wells to investigate, he reluctantly agrees to return to the country where his career as an undercover operative began. But there, he finds a vipers' nest of hostility and mistrust-and clues that hint at a drug-trafficking operation involving the Agency, the military, and the Taliban. Americans are dying, and an American is responsible. And only John Wells stands in his way . . . for now.
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John Wells, CIA problem solver is asked to go to Kabul, Afghanistan to help with the Kabul CIA station which is a mess.
An Arab, posing as a double agent, double crosses the CIA and sets off a suicide bomb, killing many CIA officers. There are also U.S. soldiers dealing drugs with the Taliban and talk of a CIA mole.
Since Wells knows the territory and language, he poses as a Saudi and goes to one of the Taliban tribes active in the area. His goal is to meet with the tribal leader to see if Wells can determine if there is a mole.
The suspense builds as Wells overcomes obstacles and meets with the Taliban, not knowing if they will see through his disguise or if he will get information that would stop a mole before that person did any more harm.
The setting is realistically described and the novel was a true page turner.