Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Guest Blog: The Man with the Golden Mind by Tom Vater | PAUL D. BRAZILL

 [Terry: Please note that the documentary Tom talks about IS NOT AVAILABLE IN THE UNITED STATES.
However, you can watch a stolen version on YouTube and I highly recommend it. I'd prefer that Tom and Mark get the money but, really, watching the story is a part of everyone's civic duty.] 




Guest Blog: The Man with the Golden Mind by Tom Vater




TheManWithTheGoldenMind-144dpi (2)From 1965 to 1973, the CIA ran its largest covert operation to date in Laos, a small landlocked Southeast Asian country neighboring China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. During this time, the American secret service trained a secret army of montagnards (ethnic minorities) to fight the Laotian communists. The secret heart of this operation was an airport called Long Cheng, deep in the Laotian jungles.


From here, the US flew aid and ammunition, troops and drugs around the country. For some years, Long Cheng was the country’s second largest city and the world’s busiest airport, though few people knew of its existence. As the war in Vietnam was being lost in the late 1960s, the US Air Force took over from the CIA mission and bombed the country back into the stone-age. Up to half a million people perished in the bombing, which was heavier than all the tonnage dropped during World War 2.


I first heard of Long Cheng in 2000 when I traveled across the Plain
of Jars, a vast highland in northeastern Laos covered in bomb craters
and unexploded ordnance, with my wife, photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat
and my brother, film maker Marc Eberle. Here, entire villages were
built from US war scrap and people lost lives and limbs to buried bombs
at an alarming rate, 25 years after the war had ended. We were told that
no journalists had been to the secret airport since the end of the war
in 1975. We were hooked on the story of “The Most Secret Place on
Earth”.


It took some five years to make the feature documentary about Long
Cheng’s rise and fall and the story of the CIA’s covert war in Laos.
During the research for the film, which my brother directed and for
which we wrote the screenplay together, we met CIA case officers and
burocrats, Air America pilots, Thai mercenaries, academics, the Hmong
(montagnard) general who ran the CIA’s secret army and the whistleblower
who uncovered the secret of the US bombing of Laos. We visited archives
in the US and trawled through 1000s of photos, films and documents,
returned to Laos and criss-crossed Thailand to interview countless
people who played a part in the secret war.


The film was released in 2008, has shown at many film festivals and has been on TV in some thirty countries. The ABC Australia TV version (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8cIki7awN8) is on youtube. My long involvement with this exquisite slice of secret 20th century history gave me the historical background for The Man with the Golden Mind .


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Friday, March 21, 2014

A Quickie Review of The Man With the Golden Mind by Tom Vater

The Man With the Golden MindThe Man With the Golden Mind by Tom Vater
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Man With the Golden Mind
I'll have a longer review to follow but Tom Vater's book is a top-notch spy thriller that just happens to unwind the still-hidden truth of the disastrous American Secret War in Laos. I've worked in the news business for most of my life and, until I read this and watched the documentary that Tom wrote, I really had no idea of sheer size of the CIA's operation.

The book is a quest for truth, a search for a father and family, and a journey through the lies, betrayals, hot sex, and odd friendships that are the reality of the spy trade. There is kidnapping, gunshots, insane maniacs hiding in the deep jungles. If it wasn't for the documentary--which is not available in the United States but should be (there is a stolen copy on YouTube)--you could believe that it's all fantasy and fiction.

It's the best of both. A great spy thriller wrapped around a real mystery and a real crime. Hell, most writers are lucky if they can make up a central mystery that's good enough to hold your interest. The Man with the Golden Mind is a rarity because the central mystery is not only mind-blowing but true.

(Disclosure: Yep, Tom is another writer being published by Exhibit A who will be releasing my book in May and this is written from an Advanced Review Copy off NetGalley. If I'm lucky, I could grow up to be as good a writer as Tom Vater.)

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Jenny Milchman's 2-Minute Pitch for Ruin Falls


I'm a very busy (and somewhat rude) Movie Mogul so you've got 2 minutes to sell me on....what's it called? Snow Cover? Snow Blind? Under the Covers?

Oh. Cover of Snow.  And you've been nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award? OK, I've just used up ten of your 120 seconds.

Wait. It's not Cover of Snow? It's your second book, Ruin Falls?

OK, go for it but I've got to warn you, you're already behind the 8-ball with all this book-switching nonsense.

Why did you pick this title? 

I love titles with double meanings. There’s an actual waterfall in my novel, which plays a role in the plot. But there’s also a poem and the other meaning of the title is included in this line:  
When ruin falls
the rest comes down…


What’s the logline? 

The most dangerous secrets are the ones we keep from ourselves.


What’s the Teaser Pitch? 

On the first day of a long awaited vacation, Liz Daniels walks in to check on her two young children only to find them missing from the hotel bed. But the real battle begins once she discovers where they’ve gone.


Who is your protagonist/hero and how does she change in the book? 

Liz Daniels is a passive wife who has allowed her charismatic husband to steer most of the decisions in their marriage. But only Liz can get their children back once they disappear. To do that, she will have to become a strong woman who can drive things.


How did you come up with the idea? 

One day while on vacation, I tucked the kids in to bed in a hotel suite, and it occurred to me. In a suite, the sofa bed is by the exit door, while the grownups sleep inside. How scary is that? The idea for Ruin Falls came out of that realization.


Why should I, the Incredibly Rich and Handsome Movie Mogul, buy this book? 

Because viewers love family thrillers, stories we all can relate to, and Hollywood needs more female lead movies.

Damn it, you're right! We could get Glenn Close and if she's not available, Chloris Leachman. I'm sold. Here's a check for a couple of million--don't cash it for a day or two just in case.


Jenny Milchman's journey to publication took thirteen years, after which she hit the road for seven months with her family on what Shelf Awareness called "the world's longest book tour". Her debut novel, Cover of Snow, was chosen as an Indie Next and Target Pick, reviewed in the New York Times and San Francisco Journal of Books, and nominated for a Mary Higgins Clark award. Jenny is also the founder of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day and chair of International Thriller Writers' Debut Authors Program. Jenny's second novel, Ruin Falls, comes out in April, and she's already filling up the car. You can, and should, check her out at www.jennymilchman.com


[Terry: I have to say that a seven-month book tour WITH family sounds like fun. Of course, that's because my daughters are 29 and 43 and the pain of parenthood is far behind me. Still, it would be cool.]  



Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Thrill Begins: Kelly Parsons -- Doing Harm and Holly West-Mistress of Fortune

Kelly Parsons -- Doing Harm

http://kellyparsonsbooks.com

Chief resident Steve Mitchell is the quintessential surgeon: ambitious, intelligent, confident.  Charged with molding a group of medical trainees into doctors, and in line for a coveted job, Steve’s future is bright. But then a patient mysteriously dies, and it quickly becomes clear that a killer is on the loose in his hospital. A killer set on playing a deadly game with Steve. A killer holding information that could ruin his career and marriage. Now, alone and under a cloud of suspicion, Steve must discover a way to outsmart his opponent and save the killer's next victim before the cycle repeats itself again and again.
DOING HARM is a chilling and compelling thriller that also takes you into the hospital and details the politics and hierarchy among doctors, as well as the life and death decisions that are made by flawed human beings.
Buy Doing Harm at Amazon


Holly West - Mistress of Fortune 

http://hollywest.com
Isabel, Lady Wilde, a mistress to King Charles II, has a secret: she
makes her living disguised as Mistress Ruby, a fortune-teller who caters to London's elite. It's a dangerous life among the charlatans, rogues and swindlers who lurk in the city's dark corners, but to Isabel, the risk is worth the reward.
Until magistrate Sir Edmund Godfrey seeks Mistress Ruby's counsel and reveals his unwitting involvement in a plot to kill the king. When Isabel's diary containing dangerous details of his confession is stolen, she knows she must find it before anyone connects her to Mistress Ruby. Especially after Sir Edmund's corpse is discovered a few days later…Isabel is sure that whoever stole her diary is Sir Edmund's killer—and could be part of a conspiracy that leads all the way to the throne. But as she delves deeper into the mystery, not even the king himself may be
able to save her.


The Thrill BeginsBuy Mistress of Fortune at Amazon

Monday, March 10, 2014

Early Reviews for "Stalk Me" by Richard Parker

"Stalk Me" by Richard Parker


Stalk Me by Richard Parker 
"Richard Parker thrilled us with Stop Me and Scare Me, and he has hit the heights yet again with this, his third stand-alone novel. Stalk Me will draw you in, it will excite you, it will upset you, and it will terrify you. Most definitely another must-read from Richard Parker.” – Crimespace

 “Richard Parker writes the kind of book that I love to read. He creates these intense scenes of fear and panic that jump from the pages and strangle you! He did it with Scare Me and he has done it again with Stalk Me.” – Redhead Reader Book Blog

 “Like SCARE ME, author Richard Parker has written another edge of your seat thriller that, if anything else builds upon his capacity to spin an utterly engrossing and complex thriller.” – Just A Guy That Likes To Read

 “Author Richard Parker has a knack for writing books that will keep you not only on the edge of your seat but also finding it impossible to put down . This book is no exception.” – Martha A Cheves
Check out "Stalk Me" on Amazon

The Thrill Begins: JD Horn The Line (ITW Debut Authors)

The Thrill Begins: Released on  February 1, 2014


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Savannah is considered a Southern treasure, a city of beauty with a rich, colorful past. Some might even call it magical…


To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel
manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial
trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected,
Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too familiar
with the supernatural side of Savannah, being a member of the most
powerful family of witches in the South.
Despite being powerless herself, of course.


Having grown up without magic of her own, in the shadow of her talented
and charismatic twin sister, Mercy has always thought herself content.
But when a series of mishaps—culminating in the death of the Taylor
matriarch—leaves a vacuum in the mystical underpinnings of Savannah, she
finds herself thrust into a mystery that could shake her family
apart…and unleash a darkness the line of Taylor witches has been keeping
at bay for generations.
In The Line, the first book of the Witching Savannah series, J.D.
Horn weaves magic, romance, and betrayal into a captivating Southern
Gothic fantasy with a contemporary flare.

The Thrill Begins: Leslie Tentler on Being a ITW Debut Author in 2012

Leslie Tentler 

"it finally hit me. I was an author.

I ordered the restaurant’s best glass of pinot noir with my dinner and watched the snow come down.
There have been some big highs, including MIDNIGHT CALLER being a finalist for “Best First Novel” at ITW’s ThrillerFest in 2012. There was also the thrill of finding out that one of my favorite authors had run across my third book, EDGE OF MIDNIGHT, and liked it enough that she not only mentioned it on her blog but also provided me with a wonderful blurb. It’s definitely been a blast seeing all three books translated into foreign languages and recorded as audio books.
Two years have now passed since my last release in the trilogy and interested readers often ask me when another book is coming out. Admittedly, I peeled away from writing for awhile – for a number of important reasons, among them the fact that I was still grappling with the self-doubt I’d assumed would diminish after being multi-published. But then I began writing again, somehow unable not to. I hope to have news to share soon. 
The bottom line: It’s truly a greattime to be an author. There have never before been more paths to publication, more ways to get your stories into readers’ hands. My best advice is that whatever path you choose, just be sure to build in time to enjoy the ride. You’re only a debut author once.
My other advice: If your book releases in the winter, have a backup plan for snow."

Leslie is the author of the Chasing Evil trilogy,which includes MIDNIGHT CALLER, MIDNIGHT FEAR and EDGE OF MIDNIGHT, and is published by MIRA Books

 

The writer becomes the story when crime reporter Mia Hale is discovered on a Jacksonville beach—bloodied and disoriented, but alive. She remembers nothing, but her wounds bear the signature of a sadistic serial killer.After years lying dormant, The Collector has resumed his grim hobby:abducting women and taking gruesome souvenirs before dumping theirbodies. But none of his victims has ever escaped—and he wants Mia back,more than he ever wanted any of the others.

FBI agent Eric MacFarlane has pursued The Collector for a long time.The case runs deep in his veins, bordering on obsession…and Mia holds the key. She'll risk everything to recover her memory and bring the madman to justice, and Eric swears to protect this fierce, fragile survivor. 

But The Collector will not be denied. In his mind, he knows just howtheir story ends.


Visit her website at www.LeslieTentler.com or chat with her on Facebook.
Check Amazon for Edge of Midnight (The Chasing Evil Trilogy)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Thrill Begins: ITW Debut Writer Ted Scofield's "Eat What You Kill"





Ted Scofield - Eat What You Kill (St. Martin's Press) March 25, 2014

Eat What You Kill by
Ted Scofield, Evan Stoess is a struggling young Wall Street analyst
obsessed with fortune and fame. A trailer park kid who attended an
exclusive prep school through a lucky twist of fate, Evan’s unusual past
leaves him an alien in both worlds, an outsider who desperately wants
to belong. When a small stock he discovers becomes an overnight
sensation, he is poised to make millions and land the girl of his
dreams, but disaster strikes and he loses everything.



Two
years later a mysterious firm offers Evan a chance for redemption, and
he jumps at the opportunity. His new job is to short stocks—to bet
against the market. But when the stock goes up and he finds himself on
the brink of ruin once again, another option presents itself: murder. At
a moral crossroads, Evan must ask himself—how far will a man go for
money and vengeance?


Eat What You Kill - buy it on Amazon


  The Thrill Begins


Friday, March 7, 2014

The Thrill Begins: Jana Hollifield - The Problem with Goodbye

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www.janahollifield.com

When untamed passion leads to murder, the lives of two people will never be the same.

Cora Dalton’s world has spiraled out of control. Months of terror at the hands of a determined stalker who wants to claim her for his own culminate in the brutal slaying of her sister, and Cora goes on the run.

She trusts no one, not even the police, until she meets a sexy stranger who can uncover her darkest secrets with a simple touch.

Ryan McCabe senses what others cannot, and when he stumbles across the beautiful lead witness in his best friend’s latest homicide case, one caress tells him she’s desperate…and lying about something. Ryan knows what it’s like to be all alone in the world, and he can’t just walk away, but he can’t trust the beautiful liar hiding out in his bedroom, either.

 Forming an uneasy alliance, they frantically search for a madman determined to possess Cora one way or another while fighting an attraction that could get them both killed.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Debut Thriller Writers: Rick Campbell - The Trident Deception


The Trident Deception, a modern-day The Hunt for Red October, is the story of an armed nuclear submarine that is taken over and must be hunted down before its weapons are launched
 Rick Campbell - The Trident Deception (St. Martin's Press) March 11, 2014

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http://rickcampbellauthor.com

The USS Kentucky—aTrident ballistic missile submarine carrying a full complement of 192 nuclear warheads—is about to go on a routine patrol. Not long after it reaches the open sea, however, the Kentucky receives a launch order. After receiving that launch order, it is cut off from all
counter-orders and disappears into the Pacific while it makes the eight-day transit to the launch range. What the Kentucky’s crew doesn’t know is that those launch orders haven’t actually come from the U.S. government.



Rogue elements within the Mossad have learned that Iran has developed its  first nuclear weapon and, in ten days, will detonate it—and the target is Israel. The suspected weapon complex is too far underground for conventional weapons to harm it, and the only choice is a pre-emptive nuclear strike. With limited time, this rogue group initiates a long-planned operation called the Trident Deception. They’ll transmit false orders and use a U.S. nuclear submarine to launch the attack.

With only 8 days before the Kentucky is in launch range and with the submarine cut off from any outside communication, one senior officer, the father of one of the officers aboard the submarine, must assemble and lead a team of attack submarines to find, intercept and neutralize the Kentucky before it can unknowingly unleash a devastating nuclear attack.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Sean Lynch Announces Sequel to Wounded Prey

The Fourth Motive by Sean Lynch



The Fourth Motive by Sean LynchWhatever it takes…
Deputy District Attorney Paige Callen is being stalked, and the man stalking her is motivated, methodical, and relentless.
The police aren’t merely one step behind Paige’s stalker; they’re stumped.
So Paige’s father, retired Judge ‘Iron Gene’ Callen, instead hires retired San Francisco P.D. Inspector turned private investigator Bob Farrell, to the dismay of the local police.

The cops know all-too-well Farrell’s reputation as a reckless wild card. Judge Callen, however, knows Farrell as a man who never lets the rules get in the way of getting the job done.
Farrell enlists the aid of former Iowa Deputy Kevin Kearns to help him protect Paige, and to stop a madman before she becomes a statistic.
But to find her stalker, Farrell and Kearns must first learn why he’s launched his crusade; a journey none of them might survive.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The View from Rome: Charles Lambert Launch Post

The View from Rome: Charles Lambert Launch Post

Charles Lambert’s The View From The Tower was recently – and rightly! – described by none-other-than Ann Cleeves as “honest, sharp, beautifully written”, and whilst we were all shivering in cold Britain and hiding from the snow in wintery America, Charles and his wonderful agent Isobel Dixon were enjoying the sights and sounds of Rome for the official launch of The View From The Tower. Here, Charles brings the night to life for those of us not lucky to attend. Grab a mug of tea – maybe even a choccy biscuit – and have a break! Over to you, Charles:
The View From The Tower 200x300When I first moved to Rome, and knew no one, I used to eat in what may have been the cheapest trattoria the city had to offer, a place called Mario’s (yes, with the apostrophe ‘s’, a wink perhaps to impoverished foreigners) in Via del Moro, a narrow street running up from the river to Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere. I was back in Via del Moro on Wednesday evening, not at Mario’s (although I was momentarily tempted to nip in for a plate of spaghetti aglio olio) but a few doors further up, at No. 45, at the Almost Corner Bookshop. It’s my favourite independent bookshop in Rome, run by Anita and Dermot, who helped me out with launches of earlier books of mine, and were the obvious people to turn to when I decided to have a Rome launch for The View from the Tower. The View from the Tower isn’t just set in Rome, it’s imbued with the city. I like to think you could use the novel to guide yourself around whole swathes of the capital should you feel so inclined. The square beneath Helen’s apartment, where the novel opens, is just on the other side of the river, a few minutes’ walk away. It felt like taking the novel home.
I had a great time. I love all book launches, not only my own, particularly when the wine is flowing and I’m surrounded by books, and people, both old faces and new. Among the new faces was Conor Fitzgerald, author of the Alec Blume novels, who also knows a thing or two about the seamier side of Rome. One of my favourite short story writers, Matthew Licht, also made the trip down from Florence to celebrate with me (Commercial break: Matthew and I will be reading together and talking about memory at the British Institute in Florence on 19 March.) But what made this launch even more special, apart from the joy of seeing some friends I hadn’t seen for a shamefully long time, was the presence of my friend and agent, Isobel Dixon. You know that motto about trying to be the person your dog thinks you are? Agents are a far cry from dogs, although Isobel, in terms of loyalty and hard work is certainly this author’s best friend, but her presentation of me and of the book was filled with such generosity and affection, I was left wondering how anyone could ever live up to it. I’ll do my best, Isobel!