Appointment in Tehran

A Cold War Spy Thriller

James Stejskal

Tehran, 1979. While the world's eyes are on the Embassy siege, one man has another mission—to retrieve a lost nuclear weapon.
Date Published :
September 2021
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Series :
The Snake Eater Chronicles
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781612009667
Pages : 304
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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The exciting new instalment from the Snake Eater Chronicles is set against the backdrop of the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis.

When radical Iranian students seize the U.S. Embassy compound in Tehran and take over fifty diplomats hostage the U.S. President has to negotiate with a government that wants only to humiliate the United States. When talks fail, the President must turn to the military to bring the Americans home by force.

As preparations are made for an audacious rescue, an American intelligence officer hides alone in a Tehran safehouse with a secret. He is protecting a powerful weapon known as the Perses Device, which is now at risk of being captured and employed against the United States. The Agency Director orders that it must be brought out at all costs.

But as a small American team clandestinely enters Tehran to lead the way for the rescue force, a traitor spills the secret and KGB Spetsnaz operatives begin their own search for the weapon.

At the last minute, one more American is added to the advance team—his sole mission is to get the Agency officer and the Perses device to safety.

When the rescue mission fails, only two Americans are left to run the gauntlet of enemy agents and get the weapon out.

Getting in was easy…

About The Author

James Stejskal, after 35 years of service with US Army Special Forces and the Central Intelligence Agency, is a uniquely qualified historian and novelist. He is the author of the definitive history: Special Forces Berlin Clandestine Cold War Operations of the US Army's Elite, 1956–1990 and Masters of Mayhem: Lawrence of Arabia and the British Military Mission to the Hejaz. Direct Legacy is his third novel.


"Stejskal expertly weaves the two story lines together, leaving readers guessing whether the nuclear weapon plot could have been as real as the hostage-rescue operation. The action ramps up, along with the suspense, after Becker and Stavros and their units enter Iran and link up with Panagasos. This is a treat for fiction and nonfiction fans alike."

- Publishers Weekly

"Fans of espionage and military-tactics thrillers should revel in this absorbing, nervous-making novel...Well worth it for military and spy-ops readers."

- Booklist

"Stejskal’s experience in writing non-fiction novels definitely shone through in this realistic, pulse-pounding thriller that I believe fans of political thrillers will love."

- Stuart Ashenbrenner, Best Thriller Books

"Mr. Stejskal has again woven a fast-paced, gripping, and plausible story of intrigue and danger. This time the backdrop to the story is the Iran hostage crisis of 1979. He has created a textbook clandestine operation involving a close relationship of US Army Special Forces and a clandestine CIA case officer. His characters are well-drawn, some clearly based on actual Cold War fighters, and leaving the reader to wonder how much is fiction and how much is fact."

- Barry Broman, former CIA chief of station and author of “Risk Taker, Spy Maker: Tales of a CIA Case Officer"

"An excellent read."


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