|The Fist of God|
By Frederick Forsyth
First Published: 1994
For the widows and orphans of the Special Air Service Regiment.
And for Sandy, without whose support this would have been so much harder.
To those who know what really happened in the Gulf, and who spoke to me about it; my sincere thanks.
You know who you are;
Let it be.
During those fateful weeks befre Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, a fragment of radio intercept had referred to Qubth-ut-Allah, a devastating secret weapon that could rain death and destruction on the Allied forces.
Despite Allied scepticism, Major Mike Martin, an SAS man who can pass as an Arab, is sent into Kuwait to assess Iraqi strength and help the resistance. What he discovers there takes him into the heart of Baghdad, where he is to 'run' the Iraqi spy known as Jericho, the sleeper who might be prepared to provide vital information for money. It is a highly dangerous operation, the results of which cause the Allies to delay their ground assault for four days - while Martin parachutes into the Iraqi mountains on the most hazardous mission of his life: to find and destroy Qubth-ut-Allah - the Fist of God.
Not until you read The Fist Of God will you realise why Saddam Hussein thought he could win the Gulf War and so refused to pull out of Kuwait.