From Publishers Weekly
Since 9/11, even the best thriller writers have been constricted by stock heroes (mostly ex-military white Americans) and villains (mostly Arab terrorists) who make it hard to tell one book from another. Leave it to Mills (Smoke Screen
) to solve that problem in an exciting, original way. His Salam al Fayed (aka Fade), an American agent of Arab ancestry and a former navy SEAL, is as tough and loyal as they come. But when his latest mission ends in failure and his government employers treat him badly, Fade becomes increasingly bitter. So when his former friend and colleague, Matt Egan, is ordered by the head of a secret agency of the Department of Homeland Security to persuade Fade to put aside his anger and join an undercover team in the Middle East, Fade has a one-word answer—in English as well as Arabic. Egan, who's almost as interesting a character as Fade, is full of guilt for what happened to his old friend, but he also knows that his boss is right: Fade is perfect for the new assignment. In fact, all the government people are fully credible within the boundaries of their responsibilities. Mills's prose is crisp and his action skills are top-notch. In Fade, he has created a true thriller hero for the present and the immediate future.
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'Kyle Mills has created in Salam al Fayed, aka Fade, a disturbing, complex and wholly original character. Fade will stay with you long after you have finished this well-crafted thriller.' -- Stephen Frey, New York Times-bestselling author of 'Lead character Salam Al Fayed - 'Fade' - is a first-ballot certainty for the Thriller Hall of Fame.' -- Lee Child, author of The Enemy 'Edge-of-seat quotient sky-high ... FADE rivals James Bond with his hardware-based survival skills ... A-' -- Entertainment Weekly 'Kyle Mills draws on current perceptions and fears with the perfect thriller for the emerging millennium ... What makes this novel such a delicious summer treat is the way in which Mills turns the reader's expectations inside out ... The twists are surprising and fun, and the story comes to a bang-up conclusion that may leave the reader sad, but hardly disappointed.' -- Denver Post 'Mills's prose is crisp and his action skills are top-notch. In FADE, he has created a true thriller hero for the present and the immediate future.' -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) 'Frighteningly real and powerful, FADE by Kyle Mills hurls the reader into a dark journey into the human soul. With suspense as taut as a dead man's smile, Mills blends fiction and fact in a heart-stopping, spell-binding tale of espionage and politics that is not only convincingly real but vastly entertaining.' -- Gayle Lynds, author of The Coil '"Good pace, good read, good book" finishes my reader's long and ecstatic report on this thriller about an Arab, ex-SEAL turned covert assassin for the CIA, being called back from retirement. He refuses, the consequences get murderous and the whole thing explodes into top marks from my reader' -- Bookseller 'Frighteningly real and powerful, FADE by Kyle Mills hurls the reader into a dark journey into the human soul. With suspense as taut as a dead man's smile, Mills blends fiction and fact in a heart-stopping, spell-binding tale of espionage and politics that is not only convincingly real but vastly entertaining.' -- Gayle Lynds, author of THE COIL 'In the world of political thrillers, I have the feeling that young Kyle Mills will soon be a very big player' -- Frederick Forsyth 'If you haven't read Kyle Mills yet you should - I do' -- Tom Clancy