Pub Date 05 May 2016
Agency pariah and soon-to-retire cryptanalyst Bob Nolan is the hub in the wheel of this international espionage thriller.
Sea of Lies interweaves MH370’s disappearance, a Vietnam-era Spec Forces villain, an NSA whistleblower’s escape from Russia, a sultry Chinese spy teamed up with a CIA code breaker, Iran’s covert nuclear weapons program, a DDOS launched against the US’s surveillance satellites, and the US and China’s struggle for control of the Western Pacific. Singapore, Burma and Sri Lanka feature prominently, with the final showdown in the Australian Outback.
The next eight days will see a war fought, a regime toppled, and lives upended as Nolan runs for his life, tries to protect his family, and unspools a dark web of murder and treason.MH370 vanishes: the international mystery and crime of the century
The book opens on the same day that MH370 vanished, Saturday March 8, 2014. Outcast CIA cryptanalyst Bob Nolan is on vacation in Rangoon, Burma when he finds a secret airstrip in the salt marshes of the Irrawaddy Delta. Robin Teller, an ex-Vietnam Special Forces veteran and founder of a CIA-front arms trading company, captures Nolan. In 1985 rookie agent Nolan helped Teller flee after the Bangkok-based conglomerate imploded. Teller releases Nolan only to change his mind and the chase is on!An extraordinary CIA thriller
Nolan teams up with Rangoon-based East Asia DEA number two Sam Hecker and Travis Ryder, Hecker’s ex-SEAL head of security. The men build the case that MH370 landed on Airstrip One, but no one knows what high-value target(s) deplaned. Teller’s mercenaries turn Rangoon into a killing field. In response, Hecker and Ryder import the “Wild Bunch”, a dozen current and ex-Special Forces and Delta Force operators. After a firefight at a safe house, there’s a showdown at the port when Hecker’s men find a highly radioactive container.
Nolan sees the CIA’s fingerprints everywhere, but is it the work of rogues and ex-agents, or a conspiracy orchestrated at the highest levels of government? And what prize could justify the murder of 239 passengers and crew? Nolan escapes from Rangoon and reaches Singapore where he has a short, intense affair with a young Agency researcher assigned to the MH370 task force. Nolan gathers more MH370 evidence and in parallel works to ransom godson Mark Watermen, a Snowden body double under house arrest in Moscow. In both cases, Nolan will have to solve the mystery on his own as the CIA suspects he’s either a Russia or China double agent, or tripling for both.Family at risk while his marriage teeters
Nolan has problems at home, barely weathering an internal exile imposed by his ex-Singapore Airlines stewardess model wife after a disastrous affair three years prior. And now he’s strayed again, the Ministry of State Security is holding wife Joanie and daughter Mei-Ling captive in China, and son Bert is on the run from the FBI in the US. Facing implacable, numerous enemies Nolan teams up with a sultry Ministry of State Security senior officer, Yu Kaili. Nolan and Kaili exploit one another as they flee Singapore for first Sri Lanka and ultimately Australia. Below the surface, sexual chemistry simmers.
“Crisp dialog drives non-stop realistic action across Burma, Singapore, Sri Lanka, China and Australia.”
James Hawes, SEAL Team-2, Author of Congo Covert Waters: First Navy SEAL in Africa.
“MH370’s fate remains a mystery. This compelling and well-researched novel raises questions that require answers.”
Dr. Dan Crosswell, Distinguished University Chair in Military History, Columbus State University
Soft-launched Kindle-exclusive in early May, 2016 with exclusive to expire in early August. Ebook initially priced at US$2.99. Modest (38) number of strong (4.8 on Amazon; 4.7 on Goodreads) reviews built a top 60,000 sales position despite lack of publicity or advertising.
Late July, pending end of Kindle monopoly plus availability of paperback edition via Amazon in US and UK (with Singapore, Malaysia and Sri Lanka in $Q 2016) prompted a five-day Kindle giveaway supplemented by 'book of the day' placement fees with several ebook clubs. Sea of Lies reached #1 or #2 position in US categories "Espionage Thrillers," "Conspiracies," and "International Mystery & Crime."
In parallel, I wrote a 100-page companion PDF (ePUB and MOBI versions to follow)Insider's Guide to Sea of Lies given away to readers signing on for True Liesnewsletter. After a hiatus, I am reviving the blog in a shorter format.
Next phase work includes reaching out to bloggers and reviewers, identifying target readers for my niche brand of real life thrillers (similar in feel to R. E. McDermott's and Laurence O'Bryan's work), and advertisements targeted at these groups.
Once free download period ends on July 31, ebook pricing will be set at $3.99.
Second book in the trilogy, Pack of Lies, will be released in 2016.