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Jack McDuff’s ‘blind meet’ with an unknown contact in Vienna pulls him from the ‘good life’ with Mary Conlan and thrusts him back to the dark world of murder and terrorism. Survival from assassins and the discovery of a secret Jihadist plot unknown to our intelligence services forces Jack into an unsanctioned mission, which ultimately takes him to our nation’s capital. Det Jack McDuff’s ‘blind meet’ with an unknown contact in Vienna pulls him from the ‘good life’ with Mary Conlan and thrusts him back to the dark world of murder and terrorism. Survival from assassins and the discovery of a secret Jihadist plot unknown to our intelligence services forces Jack into an unsanctioned mission, which ultimately takes him to our nation’s capital. Details emerge and elevate the plot to the highest level. The Jihadist mission’s success will upset the global political balance and eliminate America’s influence in the Middle East with no support from her allies. Faced with an imperative to negate the threat, Jack deals with a dilemma. His opposition reaches high into the White House hierarchy and he trusts no one. Filled with twists and turns, Jack’s rogue mission races to a dramatic finale.

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Jack McDuff’s ‘blind meet’ with an unknown contact in Vienna pulls him from the ‘good life’ with Mary Conlan and thrusts him back to the dark world of murder and terrorism. Survival from assassins and the discovery of a secret Jihadist plot unknown to our intelligence services forces Jack into an unsanctioned mission, which ultimately takes him to our nation’s capital. Det Jack McDuff’s ‘blind meet’ with an unknown contact in Vienna pulls him from the ‘good life’ with Mary Conlan and thrusts him back to the dark world of murder and terrorism. Survival from assassins and the discovery of a secret Jihadist plot unknown to our intelligence services forces Jack into an unsanctioned mission, which ultimately takes him to our nation’s capital. Details emerge and elevate the plot to the highest level. The Jihadist mission’s success will upset the global political balance and eliminate America’s influence in the Middle East with no support from her allies. Faced with an imperative to negate the threat, Jack deals with a dilemma. His opposition reaches high into the White House hierarchy and he trusts no one. Filled with twists and turns, Jack’s rogue mission races to a dramatic finale.

30 review for The Saladin Strategy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Simon Okill

    The Saladin Strategy (Book #2 of the Jack McDuff Series) by Norm Clark is one hell of a ride. I had a hard time putting this book down as it took over my life for the two days it took to read it. So be prepared to make time, forget dinner, supper or sleep, even a bath or two and read this brilliant cloak-and-dagger spy novel. Jack is living in Italy, when he is pulled into the murky world of terrorism by an intercepted message from the Middle East. Something is brewing - something big! Norm does The Saladin Strategy (Book #2 of the Jack McDuff Series) by Norm Clark is one hell of a ride. I had a hard time putting this book down as it took over my life for the two days it took to read it. So be prepared to make time, forget dinner, supper or sleep, even a bath or two and read this brilliant cloak-and-dagger spy novel. Jack is living in Italy, when he is pulled into the murky world of terrorism by an intercepted message from the Middle East. Something is brewing - something big! Norm does a fantastic job of infusing every page with tension and action. Even when the reader scans computer messages with hidden codes, the author manages to pile on the tension and interest to know more. As the pieces of the puzzle fit together, so the body count goes up and the true horror of the Jihad plot is revealed. This spy thriller spans the globe in true James Bondian style, but Norm improves on Fleming's books by a million miles. He has certainly hit the nail on the head with 3Ls - Ludlum, Lustbader and LeCarre in what is surely the stand out spy thriller series of the decade. FIVE STARS and highly recommended

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bob Rector

    Be sure you're seated and your belt fastened before you start reading Norm Clark's “The Saladin Strategy.” You don't even get a countdown from ten before this high-energy spy story blasts off the launch pad and the G-forces start pushing you back in your seat. Oh, and make sure your passport is up to date for all the globetrotting you'll be doing. The Saladin in the title refers to the Muslim leader who defeated King Richard in the Crusades, thus driving the 'infidels' out of the Middle East. Now Be sure you're seated and your belt fastened before you start reading Norm Clark's “The Saladin Strategy.” You don't even get a countdown from ten before this high-energy spy story blasts off the launch pad and the G-forces start pushing you back in your seat. Oh, and make sure your passport is up to date for all the globetrotting you'll be doing. The Saladin in the title refers to the Muslim leader who defeated King Richard in the Crusades, thus driving the 'infidels' out of the Middle East. Now a new jihad is being hatched to do the same thing today, with the possibility for devastating loss of life and a major shift in the world's power structure. CIA contract agent Jack McDuff, functioning out of Europe, gets scent of the plot and the race is on. He assembles a covert team of professional but deadly players to confront the threat, not only in Europe and the Middle East, but in Washington, too. It's difficult for Jack to tell the good guys from the bad guys in this multi-tentacled plot that extends to the highest levels of U.S. Government. If he's wrong, he'll not only lose all credibility as an operative, he'll lose his life. Failure to uncover and thwart the terrorist plot is not an option. And if that's not enough pressure, the bad guys have also targeted Jack's wife. This is a slam-bang adventure story that moves at the speed of a Hellfire missile and the results are just as explosive. Mr. Clark obviously is well versed in the workings of international espionage. It makes his story seem as real as today's headlines. Jack McDuff is deadly with gun or fist but the secret weapon that gives him his greatest advantage is his cool, quick intelligence. He's a hero we love to root for. A thoroughly entertaining read and highly recommended.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Judith Lucci

    Jack McDuff is my kind of guy! I like the way he works, and I like him. As a writer and reader of thrillers and intrigue, there is nothing in The Saladin Strategy that is missing. From the blind meet on page one to the death of a lovely young woman shortly thereafter, Norm Clark packed all the ingredients needed for an extraordinary thrilling read. I was there, all the way, trampling through the streets of Europe, listening intently for clues, evaluating evidence and data and trying to thrwart e Jack McDuff is my kind of guy! I like the way he works, and I like him. As a writer and reader of thrillers and intrigue, there is nothing in The Saladin Strategy that is missing. From the blind meet on page one to the death of a lovely young woman shortly thereafter, Norm Clark packed all the ingredients needed for an extraordinary thrilling read. I was there, all the way, trampling through the streets of Europe, listening intently for clues, evaluating evidence and data and trying to thrwart evil all the way. I was immersed in the totality of the novel. The author guides us expertly through the world of terror, intelligence, rogue missions and espionage. Well done and many thanks.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christoph Fischer

    "The Saladin Strategy (The Jack McDuff series)" by Norm Clark is a complex and intelligently plotted thriller. With a well placed prologue taking place Damascus the mystery begins and whetts our appetite for more. Clark however takes us first to Vienna where the series' hero, Jack McDuffy,a covert CIA agent, tries to enjoy the finer sides of life until a seris of murders give rise to the suspicion that a terrorist plot is underway. Clark does a great job at portraying the difficult hunt for the ri "The Saladin Strategy (The Jack McDuff series)" by Norm Clark is a complex and intelligently plotted thriller. With a well placed prologue taking place Damascus the mystery begins and whetts our appetite for more. Clark however takes us first to Vienna where the series' hero, Jack McDuffy,a covert CIA agent, tries to enjoy the finer sides of life until a seris of murders give rise to the suspicion that a terrorist plot is underway. Clark does a great job at portraying the difficult hunt for the right 'intel', deciphering and interpreting information and identities of agents. There are many surprises as far as the plot is concerned and the created tension pulls the reader through to the very end. A compelling story, a tight plot and a promising series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Clark

    Just finished The Saladin Strategy and can't help but wonder where the author will take Jack next. I love it when each book in a series is more exciting than the last. ^High 5's to the author Norm Clark!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Kazmierczak

    The terse, almost brusque writing style added an element of reality. I had to backtrack at times to sort out some of the characters. I appreciated the limited use of vulgar language.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michael Gallagher

    Remember how Dragnet captured out attention! The Saladin Strategy by Norm Clark walks us into the lives of professional CIA operatives and off-the-books operatives in-the-know with the ease of someone who was there. Down to earth dialogues surrounded by crisp narrative and combined with tight plotting make Norm Clark a must read. The Saladin Strategy reminds of Tom Clancy in the Teeth of the Tiger Series in its portrayal of the details of military espionage and ‘wet work’ in the trenches of the Remember how Dragnet captured out attention! The Saladin Strategy by Norm Clark walks us into the lives of professional CIA operatives and off-the-books operatives in-the-know with the ease of someone who was there. Down to earth dialogues surrounded by crisp narrative and combined with tight plotting make Norm Clark a must read. The Saladin Strategy reminds of Tom Clancy in the Teeth of the Tiger Series in its portrayal of the details of military espionage and ‘wet work’ in the trenches of the real lives of contracted-out risk takers who don’t have the protection of government acknowledgements in case of being caught. A great beach read for the July 4th weekend. Pick it up before you go on vacation this summer.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brandt

    Jack McDuff’s is very cool! The Saladin Strategy (The Jack McDuff series) by Norm Clark got me from page one (actually the prologue). Lots of smart action and real dialogue. I also loved the parts set in Northern Virginia and DC, where I grew up. But besides that, the author has woven together a gritty and complex plot that kept me reading. There are a ton of characters to keep track of, but the author did a good job making them memorable. This is one of those fun whirlwind thrillers that catapu Jack McDuff’s is very cool! The Saladin Strategy (The Jack McDuff series) by Norm Clark got me from page one (actually the prologue). Lots of smart action and real dialogue. I also loved the parts set in Northern Virginia and DC, where I grew up. But besides that, the author has woven together a gritty and complex plot that kept me reading. There are a ton of characters to keep track of, but the author did a good job making them memorable. This is one of those fun whirlwind thrillers that catapults you around the world into exciting locations. Powerful! Can’t wait to read the next one.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Srikanth R

    A good plot but the narration is not good enough... novel lacked the detail description and was close to an amateur way of narration... don't go for it

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kerry Reis

    When CIA contract agent Jack McDuff is sent by his former CIA boss to Vienna on a blind meet exchange of intel, he is a witness to the murder of his contact after the exchange and barely escapes his own assassination attempt. Now, the race is on to discover the secret behind the intel, an conspiracy of terror that will affect America's global status, but Jack must work outside sanctioned avenues to uncover the truth and foil a vengeful plot that appears to extend to the White House. In this seco When CIA contract agent Jack McDuff is sent by his former CIA boss to Vienna on a blind meet exchange of intel, he is a witness to the murder of his contact after the exchange and barely escapes his own assassination attempt. Now, the race is on to discover the secret behind the intel, an conspiracy of terror that will affect America's global status, but Jack must work outside sanctioned avenues to uncover the truth and foil a vengeful plot that appears to extend to the White House. In this second book of his hero Jack McDuff, the author has crafted a tighter complex plot over 100 quick and mostly edited chapters. The suspense is stronger and the mystery is held back longer than the opening book of the series, giving spy thriller aficionados more to enjoy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Scott Esler

    I dont understand how anyone could possibly rate something like this so highly. The writing is atrocious. Sure there is some action and excitement but that cant rescue it from such infantile writing. An irritating waste of time. A 1 for writing and a 3 for story so I give it a 2.

  12. 4 out of 5

    William Cast

    Templated genre tale Would give 3.75 stars if there were an allowable scale. A bit too much tell, not show, for a good read. Writing was not bad but somewhat lazy. A good story even though plotted with a big dose of coincidence and characters from central casting.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jack Heath

    Synopsis: Jack McDuff’s meeting with an unknown contact in Vienna thrusts him into an unsanctioned mission of murder and terrorism.

  14. 4 out of 5

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    Paul Cude

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra Jane

  17. 5 out of 5

    FlowersandRainbows

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alejandro Moreno

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Zeile

  20. 5 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

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  22. 5 out of 5

    Kishey Salum

  23. 5 out of 5

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  24. 5 out of 5

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  25. 5 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

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    Paul Aertker

  28. 5 out of 5

    Blake A. Gauthier

  29. 4 out of 5

    Angel Sefer

  30. 5 out of 5

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