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“I read several books every month.  My favorite authors include Wilbur Smith, Clive Cussler, John Grisham, James Patterson, James Rollins, Daniel Silva and that’s just a few.  I now have a new favorite, Tom Behr.  This book contains fascinating characters, wonderful and accurate in-depth historical settings, and fast paced action….The brothers who are our heroes, and the wife of one of them who leads the rescue of her husband with passion and fierce determination, will stand out in your memory for years.  The diverse individual histories of each brother will captivate your imagination.  The twists and turns set in a fast moving story will prevent you from putting this book down until the early morning hours.”

Ed Dietrich

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Vizier Hashin was bored. This time they had burned the parts of Henry’s legs that still had live skin on them − and he still couldn’t break Henry, or even get him to talk.

Dihya warned me not to meddle in this business, Henry thought, after he regained consciousness later on the cold floor of his cell. She thought I was too old to get back into the spy game. I do so hate it when my wife is right. Now she’ll come to save me  − and get herself killed trying.

Then the pain surged back over him and the blackness returned,

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At 55, Henry Doyle has it all: wealth, happiness, a strong, loving wife, a young son, and most important, his life − after a violently successful, 35-year career as a spy, soldier of fortune, and as needed, paid assassin. To the men he’s led in battle against Napoleon, he is El Habibka, the legendary Bedouin cavalry general. To the French who hate and fear him, he is more ominous: a shadow − a Sufi ghost – le wraith qui disparaît.

When Napoleon escapes captivity on Elba in 1815 to return as Emperor, Henry comes out of retirement, risking all to stop him – and fails, winding up in an Algerian torture dungeon. His half-brother Peter Kirkpatrick, a dashing American privateer captain, sails for Algiers in a daring, but utterly fool-hardy rescue attempt.

Henry’s wife Dihya, knowing nothing of Peter’s plan, determines to free her husband the only way she can think of: by becoming an odalisque in his captor’s  harem. Her weapons are sex, her courage, and her razor-sharp shreu dagger.

The Most Bold and Daring Act of the Age weaves together three journeys: Peter Kirkpatrick’s attempt to fight his way into Algiers to rescue Henry; Dihya’s infiltration of Hashin’s harem to accomplish the same goal; and Henry’s spiritual journey as he confronts what he fears is the loss of everything he has loved in the world.

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