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The Metronome (The Counterpoint Trilogy Book 1)

Pavel Rostin has taken too many chances. Once a promising physicist, he abandoned science for finance and risked everything on a speculative venture. Careless and rogue, he gambled with his personal relationships. As Pavel tries to pick up the pieces of his life, a call from Russia informs him that his father is dead.When Pavel follows his father’s footsteps trying to solve the mystery of his death, he turns up some inexplicable clues. The investigation draws him deeper and deeper into his family’s past – and his country’s future. From starving 1941 Leningrad to free-wheeling Moscow of the mid-1990s to bubbly 2006 Wall Street, Pavel uncovers a web of money, murder, revenge and evidence of a plot involving the world’s superpowers. The choices of right and wrong don’t look as clear cut as in newspaper headlines. But is he just a pawn in someone else’s game?The Metronome is the first book in The Counterpoint trilogy and a prequel to the earlier published The Great Game. The last book in the trilogy, The Outer Circle, will be published in April of 2015. The Great Game and The Metronome are largely independent, with only a minor overlap amongst the characters. The Outer Circle brings the heroes of the two earlier books together to conclude their journey.

Hit List

It’s time to take America back. And only organized crime can do it.When a gambler tries to pay a bookie with food stamps, the Mafia realizes the liberal entitlement society has gone too far.With half the country on some sort of government assistance, disposable income is disappearing. And without disposable income, the Mob will soon be out of business.Enough.Three New Jersey Mafia families decide to band together to take control of the country. To do so they must get 12 flaming liberals who are destroying the country with a progressive agenda “out of the way.” A “hit list” that will lead to the ultimate target, the President.But this is the new Mob, using brains and technology instead of bullets. And they have a not-so-secret weapon: a United States Senator who happens to be a blood relative.And blood is thicker than politics.

Primary Target: The Forging of Luke Stonea??Book #1 (an Action Thriller)

“One of the best thrillers I have read this year.”--Books and Movie Reviews (re Any Means Necessary)In the much-anticipated debut of a new series by #1 bestseller Jack Mars, when elite Delta Force soldier Luke Stone, 29, joins a secretive government agency, he is dispatched on the mission of a lifetime: a whirlwind race across Europe and the Mid-East to save the President’s daughter before she is beheaded by terrorists.In PRIMARY TARGET (Book #1), we see the forging of one of the world’s toughest—and most lethal—soldiers: Luke Stone. A 29 year old veteran who has seen enough battle to last a lifetime, Luke is tapped by the Special Response Team, a secretive new FBI agency (led by his mentor Don Morris) to tackle the most high-stake terrorism operations in the world.Luke, still haunted by his wartime past and newly married to an expecting Becca, is dispatched on a mission to Iraq, with his new partner Ed Newsam, to bring in a rogue American contractor. But what begins as a routine mission mushrooms into something much, much bigger.When the President’s teenage daughter, kidnapped in Europe, is ransomed by terrorists, Luke may be the only one in the world who can save her before it is too late.PRIMARY TARGET is an un-putdownable military thriller, a wild action ride that will leave you turning pages late into the night. It marks the long-anticipated debut of a riveting new series by #1 bestseller Jack Mars, dubbed “one of the best thriller authors” out there.“Thriller writing at its best.”--Midwest Book Review (re Any Means Necessary)Books #2-#6 are also available!Also available is Jack Mars’ #1 bestselling LUKE STONE THRILLER series (7 books), which begins with Any Means Necessary (Book #1), a free download with over 800 five star reviews!

The Shadow Priest

"This is a great beach read." –USA TODAY Network.In the remote Four Corners region of Colorado, Special Agent Nathaniel Arkin, a disgraced former intelligence officer, investigates the killing of a bigoted, vitriolic preacher who was about to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. In processing the murder scene, Arkin thinks he recognizes the modus operandi of a shadowy group he pursued and was on the verge of exposing years earlier, just before his abrupt fall from grace and exile from Washington, D.C. Rumored to be run by a self-righteous, lapsed Jesuit priest, it was a group Arkin long suspected of orchestrating an international assassination campaign targeting charismatic, fledgling fanatics—future Hitlers and bin Ladens—just as they emerged from obscurity, before they were capable of instigating mass murder. Reluctant, but aching for redemption, Arkin resumes the chase, setting in motion a chain of events that could lead to his salvation—or his doom. Along the way, he confronts a question that has troubled him for many years: What creates murderous fundamentalists and fanatics like Hitler and bin Laden in the first place?This is the first of a two-book series.

Any Means Necessary (a Luke Stone Thrillera??Book #1)

“Thriller writing at its best. Thriller enthusiasts who relish the precise execution of an international thriller, but who seek the psychological depth and believability of a protagonist who simultaneously fields professional and personal life challenges, will find this a gripping story that's hard to put down.”--Midwest Book Review, Diane Donovan (regarding Any Means Necessary)“One of the best thrillers I have read this year. The plot is intelligent and will keep you hooked from the beginning. The author did a superb job creating a set of characters who are fully developed and very much enjoyable. I can hardly wait for the sequel.”--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (re Any Means Necessary)When nuclear waste is stolen by jihadists in the middle of the night from an unguarded New York City hospital, the police, in a frantic race against time, call in the FBI. Luke Stone, head of an elite, secretive, department within the FBI, is the only man they can turn to. Luke realizes right away that the terrorists’ aim is to create a dirty bomb, that they seek a high-value target, and that they will hit it within 48 hours.A cat and mouse chase follows, pitting the world’s most savvy government agents versus its most sophisticated terrorists. As Agent Stone peels back layer after layer, he soon realizes he is up against a vast conspiracy, and that the target is even more high value than he could have imagined—leading all the way to the President of the United States. With Luke framed for the crime, his team threatened and his own family in danger, the stakes could not be higher. But as a former special forces commando, Luke has been in tough positions before, and he will not give up until he finds a way to stop them—using any means necessary.Twist follows twist as one man finds himself up against an army of obstacles and conspiracies, pushing even the limits of what he can handle, and culminating in a shocking climax.A political thriller with heart-pounding action, dramatic international settings, and non-stop suspense, ANY MEANS NECESSARY marks the debut of an explosive new series that will leave you turning pages late into the night.Book #2 in the Luke Stone series is also now available!

Falling Fast (A McGregor and Drummond thriller Book 1)

Some secrets will plunge you into the abyssWhen a woman plummets to her death from the top of Edinburgh’s Scott Monument, crime reporter Doug McGregor is tasked with getting the story behind the headlines. But Doug is already working on a story of his own – tracking down a notorious rapist who has just been outed in Fife and thought to be heading for his parents’ home in East Lothian.Tapping his contact and sometime drinking pal DS Susie Drummond, Doug discovers that the woman who fell from the Scott Monument was the daughter of a high-profile MSP. Digging deeper, he and Susie are dragged into a story darker than they could ever have imagined – one that certain people would go to any lengths to keep hidden.

Closure: Jack Randall #1

When someone is murdered by a sniper with a military past, it sets off a nationwide manhunt for an elusive serial killer. FBI Special Agent Jack Randall finds himself appointed to track down and stop the shooter. Not by his superiors, but by the killer himself.As more bodies fall, the vigilante takes his political messages to the press, earning the support of the public with his choice of targets and confounding the FBI at every turn. From the desert of Nevada to the urban jungle of New York City, Jack and his team follow the trail of bodies and haunting messages left behind by the vengeful killer. With Jack racing against time, the assassin’s crimes grow bolder, and his message more sinister and closer to home.It becomes clear to Jack that, in order to find the shooter, he will have to look inside his own past and become the man he was years ago.

The Alexandria Project: A Tale of Treachery and Technology (Frank Adversego Thrillers Book 1)

North Korea's missiles areready to launch and only cybersecurity sleuth Frank Adversego can prevent a nuclear Armageddon.Data is disappearing from computers everywhere. As the nation nears collapse, Frank Adversego, a brilliant but conflicted cyber security expert, finds himself trapped in a power play between the FBI and the CIA. Only by uncovering the Alexandria Project can he clear himself. What follows is a fast-paced, satirical tale of cyber sleuthing, international espionage, and nuclear brinksmanship that accurately portrays our increasing vulnerability to cyberattack.THE ALEXANDRIA PROJECT is fiction that cuts close to the bone. But where George Orwell envisioned 1984 from the safety of thirty-five years out, the future that Updegrove describes may already be upon us. That's what makes it dangerous, and that's what makes THE ALEXANDRIA PROJECT an important as well as riveting read.   - Dan Geer, CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER, In-Q-TelAndrew Updegrove brings a rare combination of drama,satire and technical accuracy to his writing. The result is a book you can'tput down that tells you things you might wish you didn't know.   - Admiral James G. Stavridis, retired Commander, U.S.European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, and current Dean ofthe Fletcher School of Law and DiplomacyAndy Updegrove's Frank Adversego thrillers are realisticpage-turners, making it clear that if you're not worried about cybersecurityyou're not paying attention.   - Bruce Schneier, of Schneier onSecurity

Turn the Tide

The Fixer, Season 1: Complete: (A JC Bannister Action Thriller)

Contracted for a high-profile assassination...Now double-crossed and on the run.Can JC Bannister make it out alive?Or will the Secret Service and the FBI get their man?Explosive action. - Margaret A. ToddA roller coaster of action from beginning to end. - Amazon CustomerJack Bauer on steroids. - D. TaylorAWESOME. - Arklady9.JC Bannister is a killer. He's killed for his country, he's killed for money. But now he's being asked to cross lines he never imagined - killing a friend, a powerful US Senator, for money. A lot of money.Before he can fulfill the contract his way, Bannister and his team are double-crossed and forced on the run. JC needs to figure out what the right thing is and get it done.If he gets it wrong, he and his team could wind up in jail permanently or cut down by their unseen enemy.Or, worse yet?Branded as traitors and pursued by the FBI, the Secret Service and virtually every law enforcement agency in the United States of America.The Fixer, Season 1: Complete is the explosive first book in the JC Bannister Action Thriller series.If you like page-turning, unputdownable action thrillers, crime thrillers or political thrillers with lots of twists and turns and a bit of humor, you're going to love this series of books. Hitman for hire, assassination, vengeance - it's all in there and waiting for you.Fans of Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp, Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne, Lee Child's Jack Reacher, L.T. Ryan's Jack Noble, Mark Dawson's John Milton, David Baldacci and Brad Thor will feel right at home reading The Fixer.The Fixer series is currently seven books deep (nine including The Fixer Origins series). 2021 will bring Books 8 and 9 at least, along with Joan's first standalone non-origin book.

Retribution: An Alivia Morgan Thriller

“Fast-paced action that never slows down until the end sentence.” - Amazon ReviewerThe Rally for US was meant to be a day of celebration. Instead, that crisp October morning turned into the bloodiest terror attack to strike the city of Boston in more than a decade. And the terrorists are just getting started.To hunt down the insurgents, the New England Special Terrorist Division—NEST—turn to their most senior and capable agent, Alivia Morgan. Ripped from her home and family to join the battle, she had no idea just how deeply personal the fight would become. Captured, alone, and armed only with her years of training and experience in Special Ops and the elite Army Rangers, Alivia realizes she’s in a race against time. Can she escape with her life and stop the impending attacks before the clock runs out?What Amazon Reviewers are saying:★★★★★ ‘David Antocci has written a thrilling first book to what looks to be a fantastic new series.’★★★★★ ‘This is a riveting action-packed thriller that I could not put down.’ ★★★★★ ‘Great characters, fast action and a female hero! What more could you possibly want?’★★★★★ ‘Want a fast-paced action novel to read? This is it.’

PERMANENT ENEMY (ACTION-PAK Book 1)

Paul Roberts's Permanent Enemy is a novel that fans of Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne series, Dale Brown, Lee Child, James Patterson, David Baldacci, Clive Cussler, Dan Brown, and even J. K. Rowling may find enjoyable and unique.Set in Washington, D.C., Egypt, sub-Sahara Africa, and Corsica, it's about a secret mission to end genocide, but it quickly turns into a bloodbath in the African jungle. Among the explosive secrets uncovered by a betrayed and badly shot-up CIA commando, Brett Collins, is the funding of Ethnic Cleansing in Africa with American tax dollars by a fraternity of corrupt and powerful politicians, in exchange for millions of dollars in kickbacks! Rescued and nursed back to health by a stunningly beautiful British intelligence agent, Agatha Cornwell, with whom he falls madly in love, Brett Collins sets out to accomplish his mission. To succeed, he must first wage a secret warfare against the enemies within - before they carry out an assassination plot against a United States president for attempting to resolve a genocide campaign from which they're profiting. Inspired by actual, true-life events, Permanent Enemy is a bullet-fast, action-packed international thriller, filled with nail-biting suspense and stunning surprises. It's the first novel in the Action-Pak series by novelist and filmmaker, Paul Roberts.

Deadly Sins: Greed (Sloane Monroe Stories Book 4)

It was just another day for mob boss Giovanni Luciana until he took his car for a drive.On a calm summer evening, Giovanni takes his young son Luca for drive. A car pulls alongside, and when the window comes down, the driver is holding a gun. He aims, showering Daniela's car with gunfire. Who is this man? Why has he taken Giovanni? And will Luca survive?Praise for the Deadly Sins series:"You feel like you are watching the events unfold.""Grips you from first paragraph. I wasn't able to guess the murderer until the end.""If you are not familiar with the series, or this author, this is a good introduction." -Marsha Jo, Amazon Vine Voice--> New to Sloane Monroe? There are two book collections in the Sloane Monroe series. The first is a novel series with 8 titles (as of 2019). The second is this short story spinoff series, featuring the same characters from the main series. For information on the order of these two series, be sure to check out the "From the Author" section on this page below.

Concrete Evidence (Evidence Series Book 1)

She wants revenge. He wants her.Blackballed from underwater archaeology after accusations of artifact trafficking, Erica Kesling has a new job and a new life on the other side of the country and is working to clear her name. She's closing in on her goal when she's distracted by a sexy, charismatic intern who makes her want something other than revenge. But Lee Scott is no intern. He's looking for the lead conspirator in an international artifact smuggling scheme, and Erica is his prime suspect. He'll do whatever it takes to win her trust and get her to reveal her secrets, even seduce her.★★★★★ "A first rate romantic suspense debut that combines pulse pounding action with...pulse pounding romance!" - Manda Collins, author of the Studies in Scandal series."Full of secrets, deadly intrigue and steamy romance. A MUST read." - Elisabeth Naughton, New York Times Bestselling Author

Luminous Night

When a synthetic opioid wreaks havoc across the nation, killing both the rich and vulnerable alike, someone must be responsible for its origin. What if a deceptive, bureaucracy-laden FBI is responsible? A remorseful agent and ambitious podcaster want the truth.An American Agent is dead in Jamaica, a new, deadly opioid ravages the streets, and a bureaucratic conspiracy in Washington, D.C. threatens the fabric of the United States. FBI Agent Mackenzie Lee Malcolm had always believed he was a good man trying to do the “right thing” in life. Yet, when a highly classified, scandal-ridden operation goes terribly wrong in Jamaica, Agent Malcolm’s sense of good, evil, and personal responsibility is put to the test. As Agent Malcolm attempts to find the truth about his involvement in the conspiracy with an international drug cartel, a small journalistic outfit led by Ainsley Schmidt seeks the truth on their own, both for the good of the country and their own personal gain. The combined forces of the FBI and Pacifico Cartel will do anything to ensure this embarrassing conspiracy forged for profit is not revealed to the world, even if that means causing more domestic chaos and maligning the family of the dead Agent. As Americans across the country begin to die, and the politics of Washington become even dirtier, the motivations and integrity of everyone involved are brought into the daylight. The institution of government has failed to protect its people from harm as the evils of this world inflict pain upon the most vulnerable. The chance of redemption for Agent Malcolm and the country is slipping away.