|About the Book|
In 1994, analysts in the CIA’s Weapons Intelligence Center judged that Iran was at least a decade away from having the capability to build a nuclear weapon. Members of Iran’s intelligence service worked in Iran’s atomic energy organization and usedMoreIn 1994, analysts in the CIA’s Weapons Intelligence Center judged that Iran was at least a decade away from having the capability to build a nuclear weapon. Members of Iran’s intelligence service worked in Iran’s atomic energy organization and used this cover to collect against other nuclear capable countries. The CIA also knew that Iran’s intelligence operatives were posted to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. What the CIA didn’t know was that a deep cover unit of Iran’s intelligence service was helping a terrorist group get their hands on a plutonium pit being smuggled out of Russia’s deteriorating nuclear weapons complex. If the terrorists were successful, the consequences would be devastating.Dr. Daniel Conte, a veteran of 25 years with a covert unit attached to the CIA, had sacrificed a great deal in protecting the national security interests of his country. Conte’s marriage was on the rocks, but rather than work at repairing the rift with his wife as he’d promised, he agreed to take on the assignment to recover the Russian plutonium pit. From Vienna, to Istanbul, to Tehran, Conte’s mission will uncover repressed memories of past betrayals and lead to new ones that will challenge the very core of his beliefs in his mission, his country, and in himself.The Lion and the Sun is a gripping tale of a man deeply enmeshed in the frightening world of nuclear terrorism, while struggling to come to grips with his sense that he is a failure as a husband and father, and to overcome the guilt he feels for the murder of a former intelligence asset. The novel will appeal to readers that enjoy books by espionage writers such as Alan Furst, David John Moore Cornwell, aka John Le Carré, and Charles McCarry.