This is a paperback book titled "The Hour of the Lily" by John Kruse. Published by Lorevan Publishing in 1988, first Critic's Choice edition, 504 pages.
The Russian invasion of Afghanistan is the bloody background for this densely written epic novel. Swashbuckling, unforgettable Ghoram Khan is a rebel whose life is dedicated to the Afghan resistance and to combatting the Russians who have savaged his wife and leveled his village. His nemesis, Russian army official Andrei Yakushev, has lost his own wife to Khan, locking these opposing leaders in a bitter fight to the death. They are symbols of the greater war, which is depicted here graphically and specificallyfrom calculated assassinations to wanton chemical warfare. Their one binding tie is code-named "The Lily"a maniacal mastermind who has unified and empowered the fragmented resistance, so much so that they have cracked the lines of Soviet intelligence itself. It is The Lily, rumored to be a woman, who fuels the fire between Khan and Yakushev, forcing them to an almost too spectacular climax.
The book is in good condition. There is edge wear. The pages are intact, tight and clean but tanned and some in the middle are crinkled. There are spine creases.
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