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Sergeant Lester Ferris is in need of a rest, and Afghanistan was the last stop on his road to exhaustion. The island of Mancreu is the perfect place for Lester to serve out his time – and the perfect place for shady business: money laundering, drug factories and deniable torture centres. Lester’s brief is to turn a blind eye. But then he makes a friend: a street kid who might, Lester hopes, become an adopted son. As Mancreu’s society tumbles into violence, the boy needs Lester to be more than just an observer. He needs him to be a hero.