Slade Crawford is on the run. A decorated navy seal he has been wrongly accused of terrorism. After two years in US custody, he is able to escape from his no-name blacksite prison and make his way to freedom. But it is a freedom based on the hell of war, disease and death. He is on his way to Africa, a continent that has been destroyed by sectarian violence, famine and disease. So begins the thriller, Into a Dark Frontier, by John Mangan.
Employed by a cult of religious Christian fundamentalist zealots, the Judeans, Slade is hired to be their security, and escort them to what they have dubbed “New Zion,” in Africa. First they land in Cape Town, South Africa. The only nation not to have been decimated by the recent horrors. Here the convoy begins their trek into an uncertain dangerous region.
Along the way Slade is blackmailed into helping the US army thwart the movement of an international band of mass murderers. But all is not as it seems. There are people and powers pulling strings that reach back into the highest echelons of marbled hallowed hallways of world powers. Tyranny is on the march, but it hasn’t come in the form of jackboots, or red flags emblazoned with sickles and hammers. The puppet masters manipulate the world without anyone ever knowing what is going on.
This war is not really simply good versus evil. Because even the good guys are not without sin. Slade uncovers a fight with the stakes being nothing less than world freedom.
Written with the knowledge, and experience, backed by his own military service, Mangan has written a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat. For those who enjoy reading books by Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, Robert Ludlum, or Tom Clancy, Slade Crawford is your new antihero, hero.
It is available September 5.