The American Mission

The American Mission

Book - 2014
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"There's the mission the public knows, and the mission we'll never see.  Matthew Palmer knows both, which is what makes  The American Mission  crackle with complexity and authenticity.  What a debut."

--Brad Meltzer, #1  New York Times -bestselling author of  The Fifth Assassin

Global headlines come to life as intrigue and international politics collide in the Congo in this electrifying debut thriller from Matthew Palmer .

After a devastating experience in Darfur strips Alex Baines, former rising star of the State Department, of his security clearances, he is faced with two choices: spend the rest of his career in visa-stamping limbo or move to the private sector. On the verge of resigning, he receives a call from his old mentor with an incredible opportunity to start over, restoring both his security clearances and his reputation.

The job isn't quite what Alex imagined it to be when he finds a shady U.S.-based mining company everywhere he turns.

As violence in the political climate escalates, Alex struggles to balance the best interests of the United States with the fate of the Congo and its people. His loyalties are put to the test as he races to determine the right course of action. 
Publisher: New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2014
ISBN: 9780399165702
Branch Call Number: FIC Palm
Characteristics: 421 p. ; 24 cm


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Sep 10, 2017

A good read for a very little know subject matter. Ending was known almost from the beginning but Palmer makes this enjoyable.

Nov 19, 2016

Outlines the struggles of the African continent quite accurately.

akasq Sep 29, 2014

This is MATTHEW PALMER first
novel ,WOW what a start!
With a full knowledge of the subject,
woven with great storytelling, makes
it all the more enjoyable.

ChristchurchLib Aug 10, 2014

"Inspired by the author's years with the U.S. Foreign Service, this debut follows a State Department diplomat who loses his security clearance over a massacre in Darfur. But an opportunity in the Congo might turn things around for him -- at least until he discovers that shady Consolidated Mining wants to destroy part of the area in search of profits, and isn't going to let a tiny village stop them. "First-rate fiction," says Kirkus Reviews, thanks in part to author Matthew Palmer's firm grasp of Congolese issues and the intricacies of political diplomacy. Palmer's name may ring a bell; though The American Mission is his debut, both his brother Daniel and his late father Michael are well-known thriller writers." Thrillers and Suspense August 2014 newsletter


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