Re: RARA-AVIS: Mystery and Mercenaries
Wed, 29 Dec 1999 20:27:34 -0600

The A.J. Quinnell novel I was trying to think of is called *Man on Fire*. While the plotline doesn't deal specifically with the hero's mercenary activities, a lot of background exposition describes his military career, first as a US Marine, then as a French Foreign Legionaire, then as a merc in various African countries. In the book he's taking time off from being a warrior, and is actually working as a PI of sorts, having been hired as an operative of an Italian security firm, then assigned to bodyguard a little girl who's later kidnapped and murdered by the Mafia. What follows is kind of a sophisticated version of a Don Pendleton novel, as the hero goes on a rampage and pits his skills as a professional soldier against the forces of Organized Crime.


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