“…a new political cyberespionage novel with a fierce female protagonist who also happens to be a single mom, providing a thrilling and relevant read that is also an inspiration to women everywhere.” – The Review Wire
Still grieving the loss of her husband, CIA Agent Isabella Bendel is excited about her promotion to Chief Supervisor. It will finally take her out of the field and allow her to spend more time with her young twins. However, the promotion put a giant target on her back and it’s clear someone wants her out of the way. When an attempted hit goes wrong followed by the kidnapping of her children and mother, Isabella’s world is completely shaken and she’s not sure who she can trust. With the full resources of the CIA looking for her family, Isabella must keep her calm and piece together a puzzle which points towards a Russian attack on the US. Time’s running out and Isabella must save her family and stop those hell-bent on destroying the United States before it’s too late.
Meet M.C. Fox
As a writer, I’ve long been fascinated by the world of espionage. Living in New York, I’m constantly inspired by the sights and sounds of a large city, and how that forms the perfect environment for a fast-paced thriller. Given our unstable political climate, as well as the Russian hacking of the election, I knew that it was the time for a spy story set in the world of political cyber-espionage, led by a fierce female protagonist.
The story centers on people, drugs and weapons smuggling and the ruthlessness of a well-entrenched criminal organization. The smugglers are mainly Native American Indians and motorcycle gang members led by a chieftain with a Navy SEAL background. Although the smuggling is within the aegis of the Border Patrol and various ICE sub-agencies, the FBI steps in when two Border Patrol agents are killed by smugglers. The pursuit of the killers not only uncovers drug and gun distribution rigs in America but also unveils a major plot to supply a secret weapon to the Taliban and Al Qaida and sub plots of the State Department, Canadian spy agencies, NATO and the CIA. The story transports the reader from the Okanagan Canada-U.S.A. border region to England, Kyrgyzstan and the Maldives. Action scenes include: murder of two Border Patrol Special Agents; ambush and murder of Korean human trafficking gang members; a winter ambush and destruction of two FBI helicopters while attempting to intercept a smuggling operation; a gun battle between smuggler and FBI helicopters; and a Navy SEAL underwater approach assault on an armory and meth lab on a remote island in the Maldives.
The story and the persona are complete fiction but ideas have been gleaned and exaggerated from some “life experiences and characterizations” and events. For example, trans border drug smuggling by helicopter in the Okanagan is well known and some aircraft have been confiscated. In another example, the Taliban and Al Qaida used a resort in the Maldives for conferences when your author was working in the Maldives. Some towns have been fictionalized but other well-known landmarks are retained.
The Chieftain is portrayed as a sociopathic “anti-hero” – well respected in his environmental activities and leadership roles with no remorse for killing adversaries. He is not “killed off” in the story – although much of his well-ordered world is lost – as your author has at least three more episodes in mind.
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BLOOD, FIRE AND ICE takes the reader into the realm of corporate terrorism. The global Association of Petroleum producers resorts to murder, sabotage and political bribery to prevent the development of an abundant new fuel source that threatens their existence.
Members of an international Arctic research team developing an abundant new fuel source are targeted. Labs are destroyed and members killed. Canadian team members have their funding cancelled at the request of 3 Senators who are on the payroll of “Big Oil”. Police ignore the researchers’ pleas for help when some are murdered. They are rescued in a joint FBI-CIA operation seeking to protect the new technology.
Surviving team members are moved to safety and recruited to complete their project jointly funded by Japan, Russia and an American scientific foundation. Sabotage continues with a seaborne attack on an offshore drilling platform off Japan and blocking attempts countering patent filings. The Japanese Government considers itself at war with the oil interests.
A blackmailing Canadian Senator is killed by “Big Oil” and his legacy of secrets are a ticking bomb waiting for discovery threatening both the Prime Minister of Canada and the oil association. The secrets eventually surface and all hell breaks loose.
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