Winner of the "THRILLER/ADVENTURE" category in the 2013 USA Best Book Awards
Can Matt Royal and his colleagues protect Detective Jennifer Diane (J.D.) Duncan from a serial killer?
When a serial killer shows up on Longboat Key, Florida after a twelve year absence, Matt Royal is stymied. The first woman killed on Longboat Key has ties to a secretive government agency for which Matt’s best friend Jock Algren works. Was this a coincidence or was she a targeted kill? Matt’s friend, Longboat Key detective Jennifer Diane (J.D.) Duncan investigates the murders but also seems to be a target of the killer. Why? And where has the killer been for the past twelve years? And why has he come to Longboat Key when his earlier kills were all in Miami? The mystery deepens when Guatemalan gangbangers try to kill Matt and J.D. and suspicions grow that Mexican drug cartels are somehow involved. The director of Jock’s agency orders him to do whatever is necessary to find the killer because of the death of the woman with connections to the agency. Will Jock simply take out the murderer or allow J.D. and the law to arrest, try and convict the bad guys? Matt’s life is further complicated by J.D.’s growing dissatisfaction with island living and her thoughts of returning to Miami.
Longboat Key, Florida, Detective J. D. Duncan receives a text message with a current picture of a college friend she thought dead. An elderly man is shot to death and his murderer is killed while fleeing. Strange documents in German and Arabic are found in the killer’s car. Matt Royal and J.D. are pursued by dangerous men. And this is just day One.
In the greed-driven world of “blood” diamonds, a three-sided conflict erupts that involves the Irish mafia, the Italian mafia, and a rebel band of child-soldiers in the diamond pits of eastern Sierra Leone. Ultimately Michael Knight and Lex Devlin are embroiled in this clash, at grave personal risk.
Los Angeles Times gang reporter Michael Lyons is shot on a downtown sidewalk. When the LAPD discovers an incriminating audiotape, they accuse Lyons of conspiring with a gang member. The embarrassed Times fires him. Disgraced, Lyons sets out with a vengeance to find the shooter. In the process, he discovers that he is tracking a serial killer.
Donovan Nash has a secret he’ll do anything to keep. But he’s the prime suspect after someone steals a fifty million dollar executive jet, and FBI agent Veronica Montero put him squarely in the crosshairs. As she digs, she discovers Nash’s secret – a revelation that, if made public, would stun the world. Operating on her own agenda, Montero blackmails Nash into helping her hunt down a man she wants dead.
Powerless against the information Montero holds, Nash is forced into a situation far deadlier than either of them could ever have imagined. The man they are after isn’t the criminal they expect, he’s a terrorist with a plan to use the stolen jet to carry out an unthinkable and devastating act that could plunge America into the most heinous conflict since World War II.
When Nash and Montero are taken prisoner aboard the stolen jet, they will have only one opportunity to execute a daring midair attempt to stop the attack. Success could cost them their own lives, but failure could cost millions of innocent lives.
Dermot Sparhawk, a struggling alcoholic, reluctantly agrees to help clear the name and find the killer of an accused pedophile priest. After more priests are slain, it becomes evident that he is dealing with a sadistic serial killer.
In Florida, Christian Roberts, lanky, blond, and twenty-five, accepts a thoroughbred colt from his estranged, dying father and enters the underbelly of horse racing where he encounters an array of unsavory characters. With a debt to a loan shark hanging over his head and a psychotic ex-girlfriend stalking him, Christian’s life becomes one of fear, a race for survival. To add to his panic, he faces fraud charges and jail if the colt is raced since his father illegally registered the horse. But Christian with help from Allie, his trainer and more, plows ahead despite the dangers, believing the colt is the equivalent of Secretariat.
Jon Land's bestselling series featuring Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong continues in Strong Rain Falling.
Mexico, 1919: The birth of the Mexican drug trade begins with opium being smuggled across the U.S. border, igniting an all-out battle with American law enforcement in general and the Texas Rangers in particular.
The Present: Fifth Generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong and her lover Cort Wesley Masters both survive terrifying gun battles. But this time, it turns out, the actual targets were not them, but Masters’ teenage sons.
That sets Caitlin and Cort Wesley off on a trail winding through the past and present with nothing less than the future of the United States hanging in the balance. Along the way they will confront terrible truths dating all the way back to the Mexican Revolution and the dogged battle Caitlin’s own grandfather and great-grandfather fought against the first generation of Mexican drug dealers.
At the heart of the storm soon to sweep away America as we know it, lies a mastermind whose abundant power is equaled only by her thirst for vengeance. Ana Callas Guajardo, the last surviving member of the family that founded the Mexican drug trade, has dedicated all of her vast resources to a plot aimed at the U.S.’s technological heart.
This time out, sabotage proves to be as deadly a weapon as bombs in a battle Caitlin must win in cyberspace as well. Her only chance to prevail is to short-circuit a complex plan based as much on microchips as bullets. Because there’s a strong rain coming and only Caitlin and Cort Wesley can stop the fall before it’s too late.
Winner of the "Thriller/Adventure" category in the 2013 International Book Awards
What if Pandora’s Box was real? That’s the question facing Blaine McCracken after a massive offshore oilrig is destroyed in a manner that defies explanation. McCracken’s only chance to save the world from imminent destruction at the hands of shadowy villains seeking to harness the most powerful force ever known to man is to find the mythical artifact.
If you’re going to fight bad guys, you might as well make them really mad at you! A few weeks ago, I had a good life—I was a respected Portland police detective and successful martial arts instructor. Then I shot somebody—then I shot two more people. It changed everything. Into this chaos stepped a man and an enchanting Vietnamese woman. Turns out he’s my father who I thought was dead, and she’s—wow. We got to know each over coffee and, oh yeah, fighting for our lives against Vietnamese gangsters seeking revenge against my father. What a week, glad it’s over. A restful trip abroad, to get acquainted with my ‘new’ father and the beautiful Mai, sounds like a good idea. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, here I come! What I didn’t expect, in this exotic city, was Lai Van Tan, the crazed mob boss and sex trafficker, still raging against my family for an imagined wrong—now he wants me too. With the aid of some unique Vietnamese War veterans, each with a deadly set of skills, the fight is on. My hope for a restful visit is deteriorating fast.
Detective Matthew Longo is a police detective for the small town of Hutchville, NY. As the first page unfolds, Matthew has been shot on duty. His assailant is on the run. While recuperating, Matthew experiences haunting dreams of death he observed earlier in his career as a cop. The dreams are vivid, appear to be real, and unlike anything you have read before.
Meanwhile, Matthew's partner, Detective Donny Mello is in Italy attending a funeral for his grandfather. It is a death not met by natural causes but by an assassin's bullet. Donny's grandfather was the head of a mafia family. His past caught up to him in the most lethal way.
Back in Hutchville, things get worse for Matthew with the arrival of a beautiful FBI agent. She is seeking Donny Mello for questioning. Matthew is unaware of the agent's intentions but believes it has something to do with a secret he is holding deep within himself.
Can Matthew keep from answering the agent's questions? Will Donny return to help find the person responsible for shooting his partner? You will have to read, "In A Small Town" to find out. This book is written by a retired NY police detective with an extensive insight into crime scene procedure. A sequel is planned for release in the Fall of 2013.
In the early days of the American Pacific Northwest, small settlements dot the wilds of streams and dense woods. Isaac Evers, a community leader and former militiaman, has established a small colony on Whidbey Island. Though the area appears calmer than in the past, the northern indigenous clans still threaten the livelihood of Isaac's growing family.
While Isaac is away on expeditions, his wife Emmy tends to the many duties required of a property owner on Whidbey Island. Bold and assertive, Emmy has little time for the restraint of social mores. But as times on the island become more turbulent, her constitution and conviction are tested.
Elsewhere, Haida native Anah-nawitka feels the rush of his first kill and the satisfying vengeance cast from his hand to the head of the invading white colonists. Basking in the praise from his tribemates, Anah starts down a violent path that will alter a great many lives.
Meanwhile, the British and the U.S. Army are quietly grinding against each other following a boundary dispute, leaving men like Captain George Edward Pickett in a tight situation. In charge of the nearby Union fort, Pickett does his best to maintain his authority while he struggles with tragic events in his past.
Weaving these story threads together into a powerful whole, Gerard LaSalle tells the story of an unforgettable American adventure.
In this novel, Alexander J. Burns and his team are in possession of stolen classified, highly sensitive government records which they plan to negotiate a separate peace to be left alone. Raven is the continuation of Albatross of the Birds of Flight Series, a character driven, fast pace psychological thriller. Months after successfully compromising his former agency, the Foreign Intelligence Agency, the rogue counter terrorist specialist and his team are hiding off the grid in America and Europe. While hopeful but not naive, Burns accepts an offer by the FBI to negotiate the return of the classified data in return for amnesty for him and his friends to live in peace. Fully aware that the contents of the stolen records could destabilize the US government if ever made public, the FBI forms a team to bring Burns in from the cold. His former bosses have another plan: kill Burns and this group of "terrorists." After the first meeting with the FBI is bungled by the intelligence agency, Burns and his team come under attack both at home and abroad. As the FBI attempt to regroup and re-establish contact with Burns, pieces of covert, black operations carried out by the US against allies and enemies flood the world's media, becoming public for all to see. With everything at stake and nothing to lose, Burns is forced to make the ultimate sacrifice which changes all the lives he comes in contact with, including the geopolitical landscape. Confronted with trying to learn new ways to live and the need to return to old methods, Burns faces the age old question: "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"
Allies will fall, enemies will rise, battle will be joined. Years after the Department of Defense Foreign Intelligence Agency is finally disassembled and agents scattered, Alexander J. Burns waits for the inevitable battle that will be waged by his former boss now nemesis, Eric I. Daniels. Once colleagues and partners against the forces of foreign governments, enemy states and terrorists, they now fight for different causes, Burns wants peace while Daniels wants revenge. Eagle is the continuation of Albatross and Raven of the Birds of Flight series, a character driven, fast pace psychological thriller. Working and living in plain view, Burns has found a place to live, work and therapy to rid himself of past traumas and grief of losing his love, Samantha. But not all is as it appears as Burns deliberately makes himself visible while the FBI watch and wait for Daniels' team to strike. While there does seem to be movement in the case, other parts of Daniels' chess game is playing itself out elsewhere. With former agents from his beloved intelligence agency in place and connections with organized crime now engaged, Daniels launches a vicious attack on Burns' weakest link, his family. In Spain, while returning home from teaching, David Caulfield and Emma are caught in an ambush, surrounded by hired hands from a local crime cartel led by former FIA Agent Jeff Glenn. While leaving the FBI parking lot, Emma's half-sister in brazenly abducted by a rival syndicate family intent on controlling all of Boston's organized crime. In New Hampshire, former FIA Agent Alica Wise, "Intimate Cover Specialist", is tracking Burns with her own plans, terminate him. This is the first part of a two part story to be concluded in the fourth installment Falcon, in the Birds of Flight series.
When Charlie Rocklin and his company Gold Diggers Exploration set out to recover a 17th century shipwreck, they discover an undocumented Nazi submarine with enigmatic symbols. Ariel Ellis, a femme fatale historian with a mysterious past, proves that the U-boat contains the key to a formula more valuable than any sunken treasure, and more deadly than any weapon that has ever existed. In this globetrotting international adventure, Charlie and Ariel uncover an accelerating tempest of secrecy, lies, and agendas, fighting not only for the truth, but for their lives. Weiss's debut novel is a lightning-paced story with surprises at every turn, and shows us that our personal legends may be more real than we ever could have imagined.
Hartslog Valley, the Shadow of Death region, in Central Pennsylvania is haunted by a history of violence. The horrific Dean Massacre occurred there in 1788. Just south of Harstlog in Woodcock Valley, a band of fifty Indians and two white collaborators tortured and murdered ten of Captain Phillips Rangers in 1780. In 1754, Captain Jack returned home from hunting and found his wife and two children slain by Indians. Seeking revenge, he scoured the wilderness. The expert tracker and hunter left a bloody trail of scalps strung from the trees and Indian lodges of his enemy.
Now two hundred years later, the violence continues. Skeletons are found wired to a tree on Blood Mountain. Hostages are taken in a Mennonite school, resulting in the death of a boy. Two girls are kidnapped from Twin River High School. Hartslog Valley is again thrown into chaos.
When local authorities are ineffective, enter the vigilante. Following the tradition of Charles Bronson in Death Wish, Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry, and Sylvester Stallone in Rambo, Vietnam War veteran and Twin River High School custodian Gene Brooks vows to protect the students.
Twin River sophomores, Conner Brooks and Matt Henry, are caught in the turmoil. Harassed by the chief of police, community thugs, and school bullies, the boys fight to survive in the modern wilderness of Hartslog Valley.
Twin brothers Luke and Aaron Miller could not lead more different lives. Aaron, a rising political star who manages the campaign of a man many believe will be the nation's next president, embraced his father's Jewish heritage. Luke, on the other hand, honored his mother's faith and entered the Catholic priesthood. When Aaron and the candidate he supports are killed in a bombing at a presidential stump speech, the Miller family's core is destroyed. Fear of a terrorist threat grips the nation, but the FBI and the press seem more focused on the death of a presidential candidate than on the other innocent victims like Aaron. Suddenly, Luke begins to feel the lure of a vengeance that is stronger than the bond of faith.
As he falls deeper into the abyss of political intrigue that surrounded his brother's mysterious professional life, Luke is tempted to break his promise to God and reassess his own sense of right and wrong. What sort of priest carries a concealed weapon? How can he judge others when he himself has strayed so far from his own flock?
Luke's comfortable life in Boston collides with the faraway world of the Middle East as he sets out on a journey to unravel the truth behind Aaron's murder. Will he take an eye for an eye?
In this murder mystery wrapped in a thoughtful meditation on the intersection of faith and justice, Luke's journey through his own darkness propels him to a shocking ending that will leave readers breathless.
War on Terror veteran, Eric Caine, is found wandering the streets of Miami with no memory of the car accident that left him there. Alone and suffering from PTSD, Eric is on a one-way road to self-destruction. Then a chance meeting at a bar begins a series of events that helps Eric start anew. When his new job relocates him to Venezuela-the land of his childhood-things, however, take an ominous turn as a catastrophic event threatens the stability of the country. Now Eric must escape an elite team of CIA assassins as he tries to uncover an international conspiracy in which nothing is what it seems.
For fans of Sue Grafton, Agatha Christie and James Patterson... Susan Wingate brings us the no. 2 book in the award-winning "Bobby's Diner" series, HOTTER THAN HELEN.
WINNER of the FORWARD NATIONAL LITERATURE AWARD (Drowning)
"...reads like "Thelma & Louise" meets "Law & Order: SVU!"
Running a diner isn't always a piece of cake. Now, operating Bobby's Diner with Roberta, Georgette Carlisle's old friend, Helen, comes back to town. Once again, Helen is attracted to Georgette's man. But Hawthorne Biggs isn't what he proclaims to be. When Helen goes missing, Georgette and Roberta jump into action. After braving separation, torture and near death, all seems lost.
Will Helen be the undoing of Bobby's Diner? Or will Georgette's beloved restaurant fall into the hands of unscrupulous businessmen?
HOTTER THAN HELEN, women's fiction that slips frighteningly into romance with the sharp edge of a dagger--possibly the same one used in a murder!
Off the coast of Southern California, the Sea Diva, a tuna boat, sinks. Members of the crew are missing and what happened remains a mystery. Anthony Darren, a renowned and wealthy lawyer at the top of his game, knows the boat’s owner and soon becomes involved in the case. As the case goes to trial, a missing crew member is believed to be at fault, but new evidence comes to light and the finger of guilt points in a completely unanticipated direction.
Now Anthony must pull together all his resources to find the truth in what has happened and free a wrongly accused man—as well as untangle himself. Fighting despair, he finds that the recent events have called much larger issues into question. As he struggles to right this terrible wrong, Anthony makes new and enlightening discoveries in his own life-long battle for personal and global justice.
When a career federal bureaucrat is contacted by an old college friend – a Baltimore cop – he steps into more than he expected, including vigilante heroics by 16-year-old basketball players whose fearless involvement to stop a known street criminal sets off a series of bizarre connections to an international drug cartel. Operated by a powerful Korean billionaire with sights set on world domination, the drug business is secondary to his real intentions, something the bureaucrat and cop hope to discover while also searching for an assassin beaded on the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. But why? That’s the puzzling question for which the bureaucrat wants answers. And the answers appear when the billionaire’s Global Anchor drops on an unsuspecting part of the nation’s economy.
Someone is keeping watch over the machine. Should it ever have been built?
The lure of the find behind the loose hearthstone at Hazelton House was too great. The schematic excited Evan, Reenie and Ivy for different reasons but it is Kayla who actually begins building it. Her ability to focus to the exclusion of all else is just one of the effects of her Asperger’s.
The scribbled initials E. W. were merely a curiosity until it’s discovered they belong to Eli Whitney. But strange footprints and disturbing visitors let Evan know that the theft of his sister’s prize schematic isn’t just a coincidence.
It becomes obvious that the generator has no apparent power source. And Eli Whitney was only the first to die because of the machine.
Soon they realize their enemies are much bigger than they had imagined and ?the threat the device poses could topple an empire. The secret now threatens those at Hazleton House.
A MURDER ON MARDI GRAS is a suspense story involving Jake Jasper, a down-and-out travel writer with a publisher's deadline to meet. While sailing the Caribbean, he is ordered to complete an assignment in New Orleans or he will be sued by the publisher's attorneys. Upon his arrival, Jake hires a seedy local New Orleanian to take him around the city in a frenzied pace toward Fat Tuesday. What starts as an evening of serious drinking eventually lands Jake and his companion facing murder charges by morning. To make things worse, they have less than eighteen hours to halt a deadly criminal plot they have unwillingly been pulled into. Can they solve the murder and thwart the criminal conspiracy before time runs out?
Once an NYPD detective, Rusty was a rising rock star in the Organized Crimes Unit. Then, mob members and corrupt cops calling themselves the "Five Apes" lure Rusty to Grant’s Tomb and shoot him in the head. The detective in Rusty dies. The meat-puppet Rusty is all that remains, now a brain damaged, paranoid, criminal, like a psychopath terrorizing the streets of Newark, N.J., selling drugs, robbing and even murder.
Years later, Alphonso “The Crepe hanger,” one of the hit men who first lured Rusty to Grant’s Tomb, reveals to him that the once sensational China Doll murder case Rusty solved was really an elaborate con, a set-up executed by the Mob in an international drug smuggling conspiracy. Soon the state where the China Doll body was dug up will execute a Steverino Downing, the innocent man convicted for the killing he didn’t commit. Alphonso reveals that the hit on Rusty was the Mob’s way of clearing up...loose ends.
This news ignites something deep in Rusty’s exploded brain. He must find a way to free Downing. His obsession leads him to the Freedom Science Foundation, a group run by the internationally renowned lawyer Dr. Sad Prevell and her assistant Peter - a former SAS South African commando. Both cut their teeth on such cases during African Apartheid. With their help, Rusty’s quest will take him from New York to the shipyards of South Africa and Shanghai.
Can Rusty nail the pieces of his shattered mind back together? Can he beat the Mafia, corrupt "Five Apes" cops, a Chinese Triad and even Somalia pirates in time to save Downing’s life, and still somehow redeem his own?
The early 1900s. A time just after the American gunfighter, and right before the noir detective. A time when men with a certain experience were called upon to solve difficult problems - men like Johann Gunther, former military officer, ex-Texas lawman, and owner of a special firm called Remedies in Ft. Forth, Texas.
Gunther, having served under Teddy Roosevelt in Cuba, finds himself summoned by the president in 1905 for a special assignment. His job, to accompany a U.S. and British Army expedition to faraway Afghanistan and find a missing Colonel. Once he arrives, he discovers the Colonel is involved with Russians in the “Great Game” of turning Afghanistan into a pivotal point in a land grab for all the riches of the Asian continent. Join Gunther as he tracks renegade Indians in Montana, then battles foreign spies in a deadly Atlantic crossing. Ride with him as he fights vicious, bloodthirsty tribesmen and political madmen through the Straits of Gibraltar into India and up the Khyber Pass for a climactic battle at a fortress atop the world.
"The great American hero/anti-hero returns, in a classic, big adventure that unfolds like Lonesome Dove meets Indiana Jones. Gunther, like my other character Jack Kellog, in Be Bad Now, is a serial character, and he will return."-Hock Hochheim
Cuzco, an exciting historic action/adventure thriller, takes our characters on a dangerous and harrowing quest to the Andes and the forbidden land of the Incas. The expedition team is dispatched by an anxious U.S. Government with a mission to search for a priceless treasure and an indescribable entity vital to the national security of the United States. Pursued by a team of ruthless French mercenaries trained to kill, the Americans must find the object of their search before their adversaries do—the fate of the world may depend on it. Their journey exposes the group to incredible challenges and perilous confrontations as they journey deep into the sacred lands of the Incas and to the mysterious ancient citadels hidden deep in the land of the mists. The startling ancient mysteries they discover will change history books. All of this leads to an explosive and unimaginable conclusion.
A brazen robbery by a masked man at one of Savannah's finest restaurants results in the murder of a teenage girl and murder indictments against two defendants. The assistant DA assigned to the case believes one indictment is without merit, and his attempt to have it dismissed threatens both his career and his life. With colorful characters and exciting and realistic courtroom drama, The Indictments will keep the reader riveted on the twisting plot until the unforgettable final chapter.
The Indictments is a sequel to Savannah Law and brings back Scott Marino, the young assistant DA, to once more face ace defense attorney Max Gordon in a Chatham County courtroom. With beautiful Savannah as the locale, this legal thriller will give you many hours of enjoyable and exciting reading.
The first story in the Identity Crisis Trilogy about the globetrotting ex-soldier and unemployed security systems analyst from Brooklyn who finds himself in the deep end of the pool when he meets a beautiful Colombian woman named Alejandra while vacationing in Milan, Italy. In someone that beautiful trouble is bound to follow. The type of trouble that can get you four bullets in the back and leave you with a sketchy memory. Up until the point he walked into that high end women's boutique on Via Della Spiga he was just a regular guy from Brooklyn. Then he met the beautiful Colombian woman named Alejandra. All he wanted was to buy a pair of shoes. She knew just the right pair. Maybe they would help patch things up between he and his soon to be ex-wife, Patrica, back home in the States. Maybe they could be a family again and he could see his two kids on a regular. Then those three thugs walked in. Locked the door. Mistook Montey for just a tourist. Bad mistake. Now he found himself locked in the cross-hairs of some unknown assailants gun-sight and some cloak and dagger government entity questioning his name. Montey Greene got shot because he hated the bully. But that Brooklyn blood pumping through his veins wasn't about to let him die. Not here. Not now. Not on this cold stretch of highway leading to Lake Como with four bullet holes in his back.
Special Agent Jake Stein is the head of the Miami field office, Homeland Security Investigations, and a fast-burner within the ranks of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Brooklyn native has a history of solving cases that involve illicit drug smuggling and human trafficking. When he starts to hear “noise” about possible terrorist movements in his area of responsibility, he has no idea who and what he is up against.
Stein finds himself pitted against a terrorist group who plans to smuggle a nuclear device onto a cruise ship, sail it to Miami and take out most of South Florida. Now he must join forces with the feds, the mob and even a washed-up television actor to stop what could be the next 9/11 catastrophe.
Packed with action, page-turning suspense and political intrigue, The Umbrella Option is an intense, brilliantly orchestrated work of fiction that will grab hold and keep readers at the edge of their seats until the very end.
The crime caper, Stiletto Assassin, depicts South Brooklyn, NYC, where the ruthless Russian mob-boss, Mikhail Lysanovich, reigns supremely. Detective Callum Mackay, a compassionate veteran cop, is seeking justice while trying to unravel multiple murders—perpetrated in the same manner: mutilation via removal of the victims' tattoos. In his pursuit of the killer, Detective Mackay falls in love with Dr. Zoya Chernenko, a biracial beauty and Assistant Medical Examiner, whose father was brutally murdered in his home. Zoya is seeking vengeance as she infiltrates Mikhail Lysanovich's inner circle posing as his prized sexual object, hoping to gather information about her father's murder. As Zoya's and Mackay's paths cross, a game of cat and mouse, laced with scenes of vivid murders, ensues. What starts out as a business relationship between Mackay and Zoya, develops into passion, leading to an inevitable conclusion!
Set in London and Australia, iPlot is a mystery thriller in the style of Lee Childs When Derek and Beth inadvertently pick up someone else's iPad while going through Heathrow airport security, they find themselves embroiled in the attempted assassination of the Australian Prime Minister. The mysterious iPad leads them on an intriguing, but mystifying journey, which threatens to take over their lives and holiday. When they are finally reunited with their own iPad in Canberra, they find that they are now deeply entangled in Australian Federal police operations, political back-stabbing, attempted murder and suicide. Lord R. Benson's novel is highly topical and technology led, an unmissable modern thriller.
The US is under attack by terrorists who are dropping poisons into water supplies and densely populated areas, using high-tech balloons guided by GPS and GLONASS. When officials in the US government discover the plot, they must temporarily disable the GPS system and try to get the Russians to reprogram their GLONASS. Russia's Minister of Defense is sympathetic, but a high level-Russian official who is secretly helping the terrorists intervenes. An undercover CIA agent plays a pivotal role but is compromised by her own relationships, including with another agent and her own brother – one of the terrorists. As deaths mount, it's a race against time for the US to try to stop the attacks.
Robert Dawson, an agent of the Drug Enforcement Agency, is sent to Afghanistan to stop the flow of heroin made from the country's biggest crop, opium. With the help of Kate Conway, a freelance journalist, and Vizier Ashraf, a shadowy Taliban leader, Robert is disguised as an opium field hand. In Helmand Province he learns the secrets of the Afghan drug trade, and illegally enters Iran with his "boss" and a fifteen-year-old chemist. The principal buyer is known as The Scorpion. A sale of 25 kg of heroin is completed and traced to New York City, where a bust is made. Furious, The Scorpion orders Robert captured and executed. Robert's father, General David Dawson, is in Tehran on assignment with the International Atomic Energy Agency investigating Iran's use of nuclear energy. Learning of Robert's reported execution, he vows to assassinate The Scorpion, who is also a provincial governor of Iran.
High above the western United States a small and mysterious object plummets to earth. Thus begins a twisting and deadly search for the promises it holds. A secret U.S. government agency is immediately tasked to find and claim this object, no matter the cost.
Don Kirtner and his two closest friends just wanted a peaceful fishing trip deep in the back country of the Rocky Mountains. They did not get what they wanted. They did get Karin Anderssen, a far cry from her father, the guide they expected. Fishing was forgotten when they discovered a small and powerful object that defied explanation. Then they found Colonel Frank Warner of the U.S. Air Force. More precisely, Warner found them.
This strange object possessed incredible power that would lead to immense and incalculable rewards if it could only be understood and developed. Power for good or for evil. Warner is after this object and will stop at nothing to get it. The trail soon leads to three fishing buddies and a young woman.
But what is this thing? Where did it come from? Who sent it and why? And just who is Karin Anderssen?
An unnerving piece of fiction not for the faint of heart. The Assassin and the Disciple begins eighteen years after Isaac and Sarah are separated following the murder of their father. Now, both seek retribution. The Disciple escapes from a psychiatric hospital and embarks on an unforgettable killing spree in the name of the Lord. The Assassin, now a physicist, takes to the road with a clearly opposing objective, the eradication of religion as the world's come to know it. Finally, the reunion of these siblings near the end results in a truly apocalyptic conclusion.
This is a cautionary tale of what can happen when the pendulum of faith is swung too far in either direction. It is a book where both the words of God and the knowledge of Man are disordered and abused.
One spunky teenager. One grieving man. Millions of lives at stake – and that’s only the beginning…
On a night she’ll never forget, sixteen-year-old Gillian Curtis stumbles into the middle of her father’s fraudulent and lucrative scheme that puts millions of lives at stake in the biggest health insurance scam in US history – and he’ll kill anyone who gets in his way – including her.
Within seconds of running away Gillie finds herself kidnapped by Walter Lovett, who ironically shows her more kindness than her own father. Clearly he has no intention of hurting her – it’s her dad, Dr. Curtis, who’s the real target. Walter’s wife died because of him.
When her dad’s hired guns show up to take on Walter they get more than they bargained for from this retired Green Beret. Armed with formidable skill, Walter puts it all on the line to protect Gillie. Only a few steps ahead of a bullet, they careen through city streets and the dark wooded hills of New Hampshire in a race to expose the truth before it’s too late and face the one man she hates the most – her father.
American pilot Mike Malloy has learned his lesson: when you join the French Foreign Legion, it’s best not to wipe the floor with two French officers . . . no matter how richly they deserve it. And it appears he has all the time in the world to think about it. He’s been sentenced to five years in a Moroccan penal battalion—which is French for death sentence.
But Malloy, who could easily pass for actor Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., is about to get a reprieve . . . if he’s willing to fly into the heart of the Sahara and into the teeth of a Berber rebellion.
It’s an offer Malloy can’t refuse. All he has to do is fly two passengers into the desert and return with a book that disappeared 800 years ago. But as he’s a man who doesn’t go by the book, this expedition could turn out to have unexpected benefits. One of his passengers is a young American woman whose eyes are as beautiful and blue as the wild blue yonder. . . .
Emma was unloved from the moment she was born. Her earliest memory is being severely beaten by her father, Pepper Murphy, when she was just eight-yearsold. Seething with resentment over the sacrifice of his dreams for a woman he cares little about and children he never wanted, Pepper chooses to blame his older daughter. Her mother, Valerie, makes matters worse with her verbal abuse, leaving Emma isolated with a man that had no boundaries in punishing his daughter, taking his abuse to unimaginable levels. Emma’s father’s coldblooded beatings and the ultimate abuse to which he subjects her, lays the foundation of the person she becomes. As she matures into a resourceful teenager, she is unwilling and unable to stifle her desire for revenge. Reaching her breaking point she can no longer control the impulse to fight back and finally takes matters into her own hands. Having learned the art of hatred from her father and the mastery of manipulation from her mother, young Emma now sets out to make a better life for herself, leaving the memory of the abused child she had once been behind her. Hardened by the heartless brutality she encounters and the dangerous situations she must overcome in the course of her journey, she faces every challenge that comes her way in her quest for a normal life for herself and for those she loves. Finally a person emerges from within that guides her toward a better life until she learns of a secret that sets her on the path of ultimate redemption.
Out of Stone, the fourth book by john g rees revolves around a young character and her adoptive Aunt, whom we meet in Halocline, the second book from this prolific writer. Twenty years have passed since the revolution that freed Romania from the yoke of Megacorp and a tyrannical, cruel and insane despot. The country grew and prospered. Slavery and slaughter during the revolution, however, left the country with a nationwide epidemic of PTSD. Most dealt with it. A few unfortunately, did not. This opened the gates of hell once again. A metaphor, actually, for they never really had closed at all. Our protagonist, Sechra Kcirb, against the odds, survived the barbarically horrendous revolution, at which she had a front row seat. What was witnessed in her early years hardened the tender areas of youth. The seeds of hatred fell upon the fertile soil of her mind, giving her strength to endure the madness. Her life on the run from the madness of the revolution was replaced with one of privilege, education and art. As her talent blossomed, so did the darkness that so early in life reached out for her. Her adopted aunt, Karuna Danesti, raised the young Sechra. Her love for the child kept her from seeing the darkness within the girl’s work. Through her art, the girl turned woman, and was able to relieve herself of some of the memories life had bequeathed her. Notoriety and fame would come from her ability to carve stone, touching her life, changing it forever. The hatred, anguish, and horror at seeing her family and community brutally tortured, slain, and placed in chains, created an evil that hid away deep within her child’s heart, where it still remained. This thing, this hatred, this evil would use the girl it bonded with so long ago, to bring it to life again. It wanted to live amongst men. The first few pages set the hook of the story. Then, we get deep into our characters’ heads to understand the nightmare their lives have become. More than one antagonist exerts pressure on the tale. Hatred, evil, greed, revenge - rees’ usual nemeses, once again rear their ugly heads to wreak havoc on mankind, being truly the sources of all that ails us.