THE OLD MAN
REVIEWED BY LINDA
never read Thomas Perry before, but I found this
spy story one that moves along nicely and relevant
to many stories you see on the news about monies
given to foreign countries to help them in many
different ways. This is the story of a military
intelligence officer who has been hunted for 35
years, for trying to do the right thing.
The story begins with Dan Chase
taking his two big mutts, Dave and Carol, for
their daily four to five mile walk in Northern,
New England. Dan wore a pair of short leashes
hanging around his neck. His belief was "that all
dogs wanted to be good dogs" so if he saw a
stranger, he could snap the leashes to their
collars. It's at this point that his instincts
kick in and he senses that he is being followed.
When he returns home there are no signs that
whoever was following him had broken in. But as a
cautious man, he sets up some old fashioned
security - tin cans connected to invisible fishing
line around the entry ways.
I'll leave you hanging right
there, but it gets pretty exciting at this
point... He collects his escape kit loaded with
two guns, spare magazines, three wallets with
different identities as well as American and
Canadian passports and lots of cash.
As you will find out, as a
young man he was discharged from the Army and
moved into a civilian special ops status that left
no records. His first assignment was to deliver a
huge amount of money to Libya to a middle-man
named Faris Hamzah. Dan stayed there for two
months waiting for the money to do it's work. The
insurgents were short of food, weapons, and fuel.
Meanwhile, Faris Hamzah, was driving a new car, a
Rolls-Royce and his body guards were driving two
new Range Rovers. When he reported this to his
handler, his reply was "you only gave him twenty
million". It was then that he made the decision
that changed the course of his life. To try to do
the right thing.
Throughout the book Dan takes
on several identities and moves several times.
There was even time for a little romance.
The sad part is that it's not
only the Libyan assassins that have him running,
but our own government who have falsely labeled
him a traitor and a thief as part of a cover-up.
I'm sure you've gotten the gist of this story by
now. There is lots of action and exciting parts
that have you wondering if he will come out
alive. He's been living on the edge for so many
years he's not afraid of death, but would rather
be alive enjoying his long walks with his two dogs
and maintaining a long-distance relationship with
his daughter and two grandsons.
'til next time, happy