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In 1973 the CIA, via Operation Sierra, is trying to bring down a international slavery ring in Morocco, run by a ruthless man named Tartus. Two attempts at infiltration of his organization fail and both agents are ruthlessly killed. In another theater, the Arab OPEC oil embargo is holding the rest of the world hostage by raising prices and lowering production. The director of Eastern Ops hatches a plan, Project Crossfire, to take a ship with Soviet missiles to the Gulf and launch them against Israel, making it look like the Arabs did it. The United States then would have a legitimate reason to invade Saudi Arabia and take over control of the oil fields. The third story centers on John Drake, the son of a retired army officer. Raised ruthlessly to harden and prepare him for his adult life, he kills a baseball player in a game in a fight and is tried for murder. With his father's influence, the trial ends with him having to serve a six-year term in the army.
An incident of revenge against three friends that he finds out sullied his new wife, when she was fifteen, results in him plotting and killing them all individually and making it look like accidents. His father figures out what he has done and talks to an army general he knows, telling them his boy has a special talent that the army might be able to use. When three girls are kidnapped in Brazil, one of them a senator's daughter, the general approaches Drake and his friend, Gip, and assigns them the task of rescuing the senator's daughter and taking out Tartus with extreme prejudice.
Execution of Justice is, as the sub title suggests, a Covert Ops Military Assassination Thriller. In Execution of Justice, author Patrick Dent tells a story in three parallel plot lines. Patrick Dent shows a real flair in his writing, however, by being able to weave the three story plots skillfully during his narrative and being able to get them to all come together satisfyingly at the end. The author is very brutal in his depiction of events pertaining to the action sequences, and the credibility of the events is a little stretched in places. Drake and Gip's first mission as a team is very complicated, with many moving parts, and it miraculously goes off without a hitch except for a couple of broken ribs. Overall, Execution of Justice was a great read and very entertaining. If there is another book to come out with this character, John Drake, I definitely look forward to reading it.