One of my favorite novelists, Frederick Forsyth, has a new novel out which is titled The Cobra. Forsyth is a veteran with many good reads to his credit (The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, The Dogs of War etc.). His new novel is concerned with the drug trade and how it operates and how it can possibly be stopped. In his research for the novel the name of Guinea-Bissau kept coming up. He decided that he needed to visit there because of what has happened to the country due to the drug cartels. Guinea-Bissau is a former Portuguese West African colony that suffered from incessant warfare. The drug cartels moved in because they saw this ruined country as the perfect shipping point for moving drugs from South America to Europe. While Forsyth was visiting there was a coup and President Bernardo Vieira was killed by army forces. It was eerily reminiscent of the plot for his novel The Dogs of War. Try The Cobra for a great summer read.