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Books by Ted Kissel

  • Escape from Algiers

    Sequel to Betrayal in the Casbah.


    Betrayed and wounded during the attempted rescue of an American POW in the ancient city of Algiers, Colonel Mitch Ross finds himself desperately defending his reputation, honor, and military career against a congressional investigation committee on Capitol Hill. As Mitch attempts to survive the cross-examination, members of Al Qaeda follow him to America to avenge the deaths of their comrades in the Casbah.

    Meanwhile, Abella is still trapped in Algiers as Al Qaeda teams slowly tighten their stranglehold on her final refuge. With escape out of the question, death becomes ever more likely, and her dream of spending her life with Mitch begins to fade like the setting sun.

    Can Mitch and Abella survive long enough to find each other again?

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  • Betrayal in the Casbah

    It’s the early 2000s in the US embassy, Algiers. US military attaché and decorated fighter pilot Colonel Mitch Ross needs a dose of reality and relief from the constraints of the diplomatic life. He catches a break of sorts when he survives a brutal knife attack one evening after attending a diplomatic reception.

    Nursed to health by the beautiful and mysterious Abella, Mitch returns to duty and is approached by the CIA with a covert mission: to rescue and bring home a downed American pilot being held by terrorists in Algiers. As he plans and prepares for the mission, Mitch and Abella become confidants and lovers, and Mitch discovers she is more than just a nurse working in a military hospital. Together with longtime friend and French colonel Yves Dureau and Mitch’s assistant, Army Warrant Officer Dave McQueen, Mitch and Abella will risk their lives to bring the American POW to safety.

    To access the Book Review Mini-Critique of Betrayal in the Casbah by Readers’ Favorite, click here.

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Ted Kissel spent three decades as a military officer, retiring as a colonel. In the US Air Force, he was a decorated combat fighter pilot, commander of a NATO air base, a Pentagon leader, and finally a military diplomat working in many US embassies, including in Algeria. Ted has an MA in psychology from the University of North Dakota and a BA in English and political science from San Jose State University. He is a graduate of the Defense Intelligence Agency School of Diplomacy and Counterterrorism and attended the US State Department’s Defense Language Institute in Washington, DC.

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