The Vets (Stephen Leather Thrillers)

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Hong Kong is going back to the Chinese, but not before one man tries to pull off the most daring robbery of them all. Using the hard-bitten skills of four Vietnam veterans, Colonel Joel Tyler is about to rake in the millions, and throw the international community into chaos at one of the most crucial moments of world history.

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About the Author:

Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers, an ebook and Sunday Times bestseller and author of the critically acclaimed Dan 'Spider' Shepherd series and the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective novels. Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mirror, the Glasgow Herald, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. He is one of the country's most successful ebook authors and his titles have topped the Amazon Kindle charts in the UK and the US. His bestsellers have been translated into fifteen languages and he has also written for television.You can learn more from Stephen's website, www.stephenleather.com, find him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/stephenleather.Stephen also has a website for his Spider Shepherd series, www.danspidershepherd.com, and for his Jack Nightingale series, www.jacknightingale.com.

From Kirkus Reviews:

Another Asian-flavored thriller from Leather (The Chinaman, 1992, etc.)--this one about Vietnam vets who form an uneasy alliance with Hong Kong triads for a big score. Under the guise of healing the psyches of four ex-vets by getting them a tour back to contemporary Vietnam, former Colonel Tyler assembles his team. Lately, the Southeast Asian Republic, desiring better relations with the US, has been encouraging American tourism. Languishing under communist rule, Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) has dwindled from ``the Paris of the Orient'' to a cracked-plaster backwater. Buildings have deteriorated, and long gone is the glitz that wartime US dollars bestowed. But, surprisingly, the impoverished populace are still pro-American. The trip, however, is all eyewash. Approached afterward by the Colonel, all four men confirm their interest in acquiring millions of dollars. Tyler knows his men: Lehman, a former helicopter pilot, is on the run from the Mafia; helicopter crew chief Lewis is dying of cancer; doorgunner Carmody is plain psychotic; and Special Forces expert Horvitz is afflicted with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). After visiting Vietnam and Thailand, Tyler ferries his men to Hong Kong, where the heist--robbing the Happy Valley racetrack--will go down. Mastermind is Anthony Chung, a brilliant, young--and very rich--Chinese with a secret agenda. Replete with surprises, the plot is revealed little by little. Or as they say in spy novels--on a need-to-know basis. Better yet, even minor characters are well-fleshed, and the portrait the author paints of shabby Saigon and sad Hong Kong exceeds that of any travel narrative. Leather goes himself one better with each outing. A detail- oriented, devious, engrossing thriller that never falters. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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