Afghan’s Lipstick Warriors: Darkness Falls

Afghan’s Lipstick Warriors: Darkness Falls, the continuing saga of the lady rebels from Afghan’s Lipstick Warriors: First Chronicle, is set against the stunning collapse of the Afghan Army in early August, 2021 and takes the reader on a harrowing, roller coaster ride of love, war and international intrigue.

In the opening scenes, Clayton Dorn, the CIA operative and male protagonist from First Chronicle, finds his efforts to save Afghanistan hamstrung by an administration that is at once selectively bombing the Taliban, attempting to negotiate a peace settlement with them and not so secretly backing its way out the door. When Clayton learns that Saarah Khalil, the female protagonist and love interest from First Chronicle, has been captured by a Taliban warlord, he and his team of maverick CIA operatives once again go completely off the reservation in an attempt to rescue her. From the high valleys of the Hindu Kush to the barren red desert plains of Herat and Kandahar, they crisscross Afghanistan, teaming up with various allies, capturing Taliban leaders and suffering no silence in their efforts to find Saarah and free her from bondage.

By the time Clayton is ready to launch his rescue op, he is on the wrong side of everyone, from the president of the United States on down to his own CIA chief, and with only one clue to guide him, what a young Taliban deserter has told Clayton of Saarah’s possible whereabouts. With Kabul surrounded, the American government fleeing for the exits and one secret bargaining chip in his back pocket ─ a supreme Taliban religious leader being held by the Northern Alliance ─ Clayton and his fellow operators team up with what’s left of the Lipstick Warriors on a life and death mission to save Saarah.

If you enjoy sweeping adventures with rogue warriors and colorful characters, look no further than Afghan’s Lipstick Warriors: Darkness Falls, a tale that will keep you riveted until the very last page is turned.

A fantastic read. Corcoran and Williams have created an indelible portrait of the warrior experience in Afghanistan. From the absurd to the tragic, from the comic and to the just plain dumb ass things soldiers do to keep from going mad amidst the crucible of war, the adventures herein are all too real for those of us who did our time in country. An important book, if for no other reason than to remind us of how long and hard we fought for the freedom of the Afghan people, only to have it blown away with the wind.

Command Sergeant Major Joe Hill, Retired


Meet Gary Paul Corcoran

The product of an Irish/Italian family, Mr. Corcoran was transplanted from the clapboard New England of his youth to the cookie cutter, stucco subdivisions that increasingly littered the old ranches and disappearing orange groves south of Los Angeles in the 1960s. Ever rebellious, and true to the folk music/coffee house idealism that helped shape his early worldview, he chose to resist the Vietnam War, was a man without a country for several years and can count incarceration in a Mexican prison as one of his many colorful experiences from that era.

Having pursued a love of reading and writing in various forms all his life, Mr. Corcoran finally took that passion seriously around the turn of the millennium and has dedicated the remainder of his days to authorship. In completing the circle of destiny, he has returned to the New England of his youth and presently resides along the shore of Rhode Island.

Nighthawk Crossing

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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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