Nick Daley is an agent with the CIA.
A former Special Forces member who learned about life the hard way in the jungles and heat of Vietnam, Daley made the transition to working for the Agency and used his talents in that area for some time. Since that time he has worked where he has been sent, learning to adapt to new surroundings, new enemies and supposed friends, and new ways of doing business.
As this series opens, the area of the world where Daley finds himself is the hot, arid region of northwest Pakistan along the rugged and unwelcoming border with Afghanistan. The time period is the early-to-mid 80's. The Soviets are dug deeply into their own unwinnable war and the Afghan people, a warrior race that would fight with itself if it did not have an outsider to hate, has a major reason to rebel.
For the Americans, especially the CIA, the fight of the Afghans against the puppet regime and its master is nothing compared to the damage the war has caused on the Soviets and anything to keep that conflict going just keeps the deterioration growing.
For that reason, Nick Daley is ordered by the Agency to help out. His real orders come from the Director himself so the actions of the "rogue" agent which conflict with the local Station chief are excused. At the same time, a female American reporter who knew one of the most successful Afghan rebels from his time in America wants to get inside Afghanistan to meet up with him again. The struggle both Daley and the reporter face dealing with the myriad of foreign operatives and operators in the Peshawar region of Pakistan as they work their way into the neighboring country make up the first adventure.
The second adventure is totally different from the first in pace, plot, and style but is just as captivating. Nick Daley is back in the States having successfully completed his mission but as he works a new assignment finding and stopping enemies of the U.S., usually arms dealers aiding terrorists, he comes across the young, beautiful woman Evelyn, nicknamed "E", who will play a huge role in several of his cases.
What makes the second book so fascinating is that it is told from her point of view as she swept from her small North Carolina town and finds herself in the nation's capital. How this extraordinary young lady learns to survive is a huge part of the book but throughout her maturation she finds Daley who is forced to use her from time to time but suffers in guilt for doing so.
When the storyline takes E as a new bride to live in the Iran of the Ayatollahs, a somberness and a realism steps in that is impossible to put down.