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The yank Ambassador is straight away a riveting story of suspense and a considerate meditation at the fragility of Western values in an age of terrorism. William North is a overseas provider officer who fiercely loves his relatives and his kingdom. His son, wonderful and punctiliously disaffected, sees his father because the embodiment of all that's corrupt in Western democracies. while the more youthful North aligns himself with a German Revolutionary Organization 17 November, the clash among father and son escalates to a question of nationwide defense. during this breathtaking novel, Ward simply takes us contained in the brain of a terrorist, revealing the eerie good judgment at paintings there.

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The American Ambassador

The yankee Ambassador is immediately a riveting story of suspense and a considerate meditation at the fragility of Western values in an age of terrorism. William North is a international provider officer who fiercely loves his family members and his nation. His son, awesome and carefully disaffected, sees his father because the embodiment of all that's corrupt in Western democracies.

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