Praise for Killing Che
"CIA “contractors” get the least desirable jobs, and Paul Hoyle gets the least of the least. It’s 1967, and the Cold War is hot in many places, but Hoyle is in the Bolivian bush to verify the identity of two bodies found in the jungle. Then he meets ‘Mr. Smith’, who arrives to crush a Communist guerrilla movement, and he learns that their target is the charismatic Che Guevara. Author Pfarrer, a successful screenwriter, is also a former Navy SEAL, and he has written a superior first novel. It has fully fleshed characters, both real and fictional, plenty of action, a tender but fated love affair, interesting bits of tradecraft from spying and soldiering, beaucoup betrayals, an authentic-sounding realpolitik, and a palpable sense of jungle warfare and immoral Third World government. His Che, based on Che’s diaries and much other research, is almost as fascinating as the legend of Che: a skinny, asthma-ridden man with messianic tendencies and a gift for leadership. Hoyle wears his honor on his sleeve, and the reader is left to hope that he emerges with his skin." —Booklist (STARRED REVIEW)
"In his first novel, ex-Navy SEAL and screenwriter Pfarrer (Warrior Soul) captures the sense of foreboding surrounding Che’s last days. Readers will almost be able to smell the pervading stench of corruption. An extremely well-written, well-researched, and well-crafted debut…."—Library Journal
"In this ambitious, meticulous thriller… the action moves forward at a brisk pace…"—Publishers Weekly
"Chuck Pfarrer’s masterfully drawn hero Paul Hoyle is a war-worn father to 24’s Jack Bauer. This is a tale about the life of the anxious mind and the ravages of living wholly in the physical world, where, as Hoyle says, the questions are in black and white, but the answers are all in grey. After his previous book Warrior Soul, Pfarrer has extended himself into new territory, lyrically, at a sprinter’s pace. Chuck Pfarrer is the real thing, a man in total command of his subject. His talents as a former operative in the world of counter-terrorism are matched only by his psychological range as an artist. Killing Che is a soaring aria about the world to come, and the world that is here. Now."—DOUG STANTON, New York Times Best Selling Author of IN HARM’S WAY and THE HORSE SOLDIERS
"Killing Che is an elegant, even poetic achievement; a masterpiece of suspense and a razor sharp journey through good and evil."—DUNCAN FALCONER, Former SBS Operator, and Best Selling Author of THE PROTECTOR, THE HIJACK and THE OPERATOR
From the Hardcover edition.