A riveting tale of revenge, survival, and redemption, wrapped around an unlikely love story, and set against an urban backdrop marked by bigotry and misogyny.
Following a racially motivated rape by three Ku Klux Klansmen, 12-year-old Cassandra Monroe vows revenge. After eight years of training, now a strikingly beautiful assassin, she accomplishes her mission.
Her campaign continues with solitary walks through dark city streets, hoping to be assaulted by men with bad intentions. Those entrapped by her spider’s web pay dearly for their efforts.
Surrounded by three armed men one night, she’s rescued by Mike Borelli, an Italian-American passerby. A stormy, up-and-down relationship ensues. Ultimately, as her rage matures into purposeful action, and as he begins to see the world through her eyes, they become a team.
Along the way, they encounter serial killers, wife-beaters, actual and would-be rapists, gangsters, crooked cops, a kidnapper and a pedophile priest, as well as numerous women in desperate need of their help. Beneath all the action, though, is the blossoming of a most unlikely love story.
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2020 American Fiction Award winner for Best Medical Thriller
Doctors go to medical school to save lives… right?
When Matthew Preston was eight, his father was shot and killed in rarefied Pacific Palisades by Ted Nash, a home burglar who happened to be the Preston’s neighbor. Though Nash was sentenced to life in San Quentin, Matthew’s lifelong obsession is to somehow get into the prison, gain access to Nash, and exact the ultimate personal revenge. He devises a plan to become a prison doctor to gain access to Nash.
While in medical school, Matthew falls for brilliant classmate Torrey Jamison from poverty-stricken East Palo Alto. Torrey is battling her own demons, having been raped by a school counselor while in high school. Matthew is focused on vigilantism; but he loves Torrey who is morally opposed to killing for any reason—or so she thinks.
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New Zealand, 1998. As the century draws to a close the new digital age is reaching out to the masses.
The government is continuing with its fire sale of strategic assets, mobile phones are all the rage and Vitamin V is the new wonder drug on the market. In Auckland four dangerous prisoners escape from Paraparemo prison and in Christchurch a sinister Doctor is sexually assaulting his patients.
Eight years after eluding the British police, Mark has a new identity and a quiet life in a backwater Canterbury town. But when his wife is brutally attacked, Mark’s new life begins to seriously unravel. Mark sets out for revenge, but he gets more than he bargained for when the hunt for his wife’s assailants leads to the discovery of a criminal conspiracy that goes all the way to the top of the political establishment.
Set against the political background of the times, ‘The last days at White Cloud Air’ is a tale of one man’s resolve in a deadly game of blackmail, extortion, and murder.
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Nora is going to Mexico to help finish the construction of an orphanage. While south of the border, Nora disappears without a trace.
Airplane pilot and fellow mission volunteer, Anthony Goldburg, is inspired by Nora’s enthusiastic outlook on life. He wonders if something more than friendship could be in their future, but first she must be found.
After losing his sister from drugs, Greg Nelson is on a mission – to clear the streets of the vile substance. That’s why he’s DEA. His pain and bitterness towards those responsible for the loss of his sister drives him to do the impossible.
The hope diamond, a national jewel, has been stolen. FBI Agent Daniel Grisham feels the pressure from those above him to apprehend the thief.
Agents Nelson and Grisham join forces as Nora and Anthony’s faith is tested to the limit.
Harry Conrad’s life is turned upside down when his wife Sandra is involved in a hit and run accident. From that moment on he is remorselessly dragged into a world of evil and crime. As each desperate act leads to another, a darker side of Harry’s character begins to emerge.
This story will keep you turning the pages as an ordinary couple make one mistake then start descending into an unstoppable whirlwind of hell.
Right up to the surprising conclusion ‘The dark side of my soul’ will keep you on the edge of your seat.
This thriller begins as a story about Ukrainians intending to enact horrific revenge against Russia using a huge hydrogen bomb but melds into a dark more twisted story of unimaginable personal greed and malevolence.
In 1961 Russia built and exploded the biggest thermonuclear weapon in the world, a monster 58 Megaton bomb, over 3000 times larger than the bombs that blew up Hiroshima and Nagasaki. For ongoing bragging rights, the Russians secretly built two of these bombs and stored the second one at a nuclear storage facility where it remained safe and virtually forgotten for 28 years.
In 1989 Ukrainian conscripts stationed at the facility, accidentally find the arming codes and decide to steal the big bomb and destroy Moscow. Their motivation for doing this was to pay back Russia for the long list of horrific abuses and suffering that Ukraine had endured over the years under them (Holodomor, Chernobyl, etc.) and secondarily for their own harsh treatment while in the Russian Army.
Although the conscripts amazingly are successful in acquiring the bomb, They, unfortunately, are not able to detonate it. Having to abandon the effort, they successfully hide the weapon. Two years later, when the Soviet Union fell all the conspirators immigrate to the USA.
In 2022 the successor to our 45th President signs a new Salt agreement with Russia and during the process of publicly dismantling some of the other bombs in Russia they discover to their horror that the old giant bomb is missing.
After a lengthy and thorough, investigation, the Russian GRU and FSB determine the theft was over thirty years ago and that the conspirators were Ukrainian conscripts who had since immigrated to the USA.
To assist their investigation in finding the bomb, President Putin calls our President and request the help of the FBI to locate the criminals in the USA.
At the President’s request, the FBI assigns a top field agent, Peter Kanowsky, who is of Ukrainian descent, to oversee the search team in the USA.
Unfortunately, during his investigation, Peter not only learns the location of the bomb and how to set it off, but he is also turned mentally and emotionally by his repeated exposure to hearing the litany of the horrific suffering that Russia has imposed upon Ukraine.
Yielding to the persuasive coercion from these emigres he interviewed, and the encouragement of his own family, Peter ultimately decides it is his duty and obligation to his Ukrainian ancestry to go to Russia and personally set off the bomb.
Did he succeed, and did he have any help? Surprisingly he has almost too much help as unknowingly to him; his plans mesh almost perfectly with the machinations of an ongoing high-level Russian plot.
What was different about their plan versus his? He wants to set off the bomb immediately, and they want him to wait three months for the perfect time, during the massive celebration in Moscow of Putin’s 70th birthday to make sure every one of importance is in town.
With the help of Anna, a beautiful and sexy Ukrainian lady to keep him happy, they persuade him to wait.
So – what happens then? You will have to read the novel to find out. Maybe the ending is, “Happy Birthday President Putin from Ukraine” or maybe not?
A follow-on novel “Despot” is planned for release in 2Q19.