MAYDAY MAN by William Beecher


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Chatting all the while with an American newspaperman/former Pentagon official, a couple of unhappy Egyptians hijack a load of uranium and a cargo plane--all to make a bomb and deliver it in the early days of the Camp David accord. First novel from a Pultizer Prize-winning newspaperman/former Pentagon official. Senior international correspondent Peter Robbins arrives in Cairo to take a look at the new, friendly Egypt now that Anwar Sadat has thrown out the Russians and embraced the Israelis. Robbins has been armed with an introduction to Egyptian General Rahman Hazi--who immediately sets up a night on the town for himself, Robbins, and Hazi's pal Petra Tewfik. But the veiled gyrations of Cairo's leading belly-dancer prove less intriguing for Robbins than Hazi's and Tewfik's veiled remarks about what you could do with a nuclear bomb if you put your mind to it. Which Hazi and Tewfik have been doing in a big way. Their gang of dedicated Egyptian terrorists--including Tewfik's handsome, adopted, Russian-trained jet-pilot son Mohammed--have swiped a jet transport from under the noses of the Soviets, as well as three container loads of uranium from under the noses of the South Africans, and a great big bomb is a-building. Three branches of Israeli intelligence will chase each other and the terrorists--as Robbins chases the story. . . A nice, fast thriller that, finally, crashes into a series of absurd and needless coincidences and burns out in an unsurprising surprise ending.

Pub Date: Feb. 15th, 1989
Publisher: Pergamon-Brassey--dist. by Macmillan