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Excerpt from Area 51 Nightstalkers, released 11 December 2012
Nada sat back behind his desk and pulled out his own team Protocol. “Moms’s Protocol is page one. Mine is page two.” He hummed something as he scanned the list. “Let me give you some of the more important ones.” His finger slid down the page. “Nothing is impossible to the man who doesn’t have to do it.” He looked up. “Ms. Jones usually keeps the politicians and the press and the various government agencies off our backs during a mission. But every once in a while someone sticks their beak in. Gotta ignore ’em or they’ll get you killed.” He looked back down.
“Smith and Wesson beats four aces.”
Kirk smiled, having heard Uncle Ray say the same thing.
Nada wasn’t smiling. “We go in packing heat and we’ve got heavy stuff on call. We can bring hell down if we need to. Don’t hesitate. Err on the side of containment rather than collateral damage. You ever see those movies where that couple manages to escape those nasty government agents trying to contain a government screw-up because they’re so fucking special?”
“They ain’t special. If we’re containing something, there’s a reason. We kill those people if we have to. No one gets out alive. Got it?”
“We’ve never had to nuke anything to contain it,” Moms added.
“Yet,” Nada said.
“It’s a miracle we’ve made it this far without another nuke having to be used, one way or the other,” Moms said. “But we can call in a nuke strike if the problem warrants it and Ms. Jones concurs with her superiors.” She nodded at Nada. “Please continue.”
“The latest information hasn’t been put out yet. What I mean by that is we rarely get a chance to plan a mission like most Spec Ops do. ST-6 ran rehearsals for the Bin Laden hit for months before going in. Neato and nifty keen if you can. But when we get Zevoned, it’s wheels up in thirty minutes and then it’s Moms on the sat link with Ms. Jones and we develop the plan en route. We almost always HAHO or HALO”—he paused, glanced at the badge on Kirk’s fatigue shirt, and nodded—“a recon man in first. Because even with the best intel, we usually have no clue what we’re dealing with until we get eyes on the target and then boots on the ground. So you’ve got to be prepared to adapt quickly or die.”
He read on. “There are two types of scientists: the steely-eyed killer and the beady-eyed minion and it’s hard to tell them apart. The latter can get you killed. I don’t think I’m paranoid”—it was Moms’s turn to snort—“but keep as close an eye on any Acme Asset as you do the problem. Sometimes they can dick it up even worse than it is.
“We love Doc as one of us,” Nada said, “but even his brain starts thinking of the wonders of science sometimes before he faces the reality of the danger. He got snake-bit in the shoulder on our last op and didn’t even notice until we told him.” Nada raised an eyebrow. “The snake had a Firefly in it.”
Nada slid his finger down the page, reluctantly skipping some of the ones he’d accrued over the years for sake of expediency and focus. “They give these people guns? Besides the scientists, sometimes you got locals on scene. Their guns don’t know the good guy from the bad guy. We parachute in and then come in on the Snake—you’ll meet the Snake later, it’s pretty cool—we scare the shit out of people. We’ve been shot at by supposed friendlies. So no one is friendly except another member of the team until we have containment.”
Nada snapped the Protocol shut with a snap and put it back in his pocket. He looked Kirk in the eyes. “This last one is key. No matter what Doc or an Acme says, my bottom line is this: Just tell me how to kill it.” Nada smiled and stood, along with Moms. “Well, I think that’s a pretty good introduction, don’t you?”
Kirk staggered to his feet, burdened with binders. “Uh, yeah. I’ll get to work—”
He was cut off as the phone on Moms’s desk starting playing a tune:“Lawyers, Guns and Money.”
“That’s a Zevon,” Nada said as he ran toward the door, his phone also now playing the tune and the PRT chiming in a second later.
Despite the very slight time delay, they were all in sync.
Warren Zevon: Send Lawyers, Guns & Money
Enjoy an excerpt from Area 51 Nightstalkers released 11 December 2012.
Moms sat back in her seat and gestured for Nada to begin.
The team sergeant got up and picked up the top binder. “Nuclear Protocol, including facilities, materials, weapons, etcetera.” He tossed it to Kirk, who caught it. Nada picked up the second binder. “Biological Protocol. There are some nasty bugs out there, and hard as it is to believe, there are people in labs trying to make nastier ones. It’s not like Mother Nature can’t be quite the motherfucker by herself.” He tossed the second binder. Third binder: “Chemical. Really, you do need to read all this stuff, cause Doc or an Acme might not be by your side. Pretend you’re in graduate school for things that can kill. Learn which ones kill quickest and fastest.” He paused. “You know your three Bs right?”
“Breathing, bleeding, broken,” Kirk said, listing the priorities for triage.
Nada nodded. “For us it’s the three Cs. Containment is the first priority. Nothing else matters if whatever shit we’re trying to deal with spreads. Then concealment.” He noted Kirk’s surprised look. “Panic can kill as much as the actual problem. Word of some of the things we’ve had to squash gets out, people will go bonkers. The people out there in the world got twenty-four-hour news channels. They’re hungry for bad shit, like the way weathermen pray for hurricanes to hit so they can stand on that pier with the wind howling around them. The news would eat up the stuff we deal with and the public would panic. War of the Worlds–type shit. The third C is control. That one is regulated by Ms. Jones’s directive whether it’s dry, damp, or wet. Got it?”
“Containment, concealment, control.”
Nada picked up a stack of three more binders. “This is just a bunch of stuff. And some of it is pretty weird. They list every single mission the Nightstalkers have been on since it was founded in 1948. Makes for great late-night reading.”
Moms cut in for the first time. “Don’t concern yourself so much with the problems, because some of them won’t happen again, but look at the way the team dealt with it and consider possibilities.”
Nada dumped the three binders on top of the ones already in Kirk’s lap.
He grabbed the thickest one off the desk. “This is the one I call the Dumb Shit Scientist Protocol, but don’t ever let Doc hear that. This lists all the incredibly dumb things scientists have done that damn near wiped out the human race.” Nada’s eyes shifted to the wall between the CP and Ms. Jones’s office, as if she could hear through two feet of steel-reinforced concrete. “Pretty high up on that list is what happened at Chernobyl.”
Last, Nada tossed a pocket-sized team Protocol. “That’s your first priority reading. You’ve got forty-eight hours, then anyone can ask you anything in it and you’d better know it and your place in whatever it is.
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Welcome to the Next Big Think Blog hop. I saw a post on an indie loop from Zoe Dawson (http://zoedawsonauthor.blogspot.com) about this blog hop and I thought the concept was intriguing, so I contacted Zoe and asked if I could be part of it. At the end of the post are links to all the other participants in this portion of the blog hop. We were all given a set of questions to answer, so it will be fun to see how other authors answer them. So here goes:
1) What is the working title of your current/next book?
The working title of my current WIP is Deadly Secrets. It’s the 3rd book in the NY State Trooper Series.
2) Where did you get the idea for that book?
I got the idea for the book while writing Book 2 in the series, Dark Water. I have this character Reece McGinn. He’s a State Trooper and I keep thinking when I was writing him in Dark Water that he wasn’t who seemed to be. That he had a secret. A secret that could potentially put everyone he has ever cared about in danger. I didn’t know what this secret was until I wrote the end of Dark Water an realized I had already planted seeds for the third book. And now, 25k words into it, I have found the idea for the 4th and final book in the series, Wanted for Murder.
3) What’s the genre of the book?
The book is a Romantic Suspense Novel, but heavy on the suspense. I have a fascination for the darker side of human nature and tend to push my characters to extremes. I like to find out what they are made of!
4) If you could pick actors to play the lead characters in your story, who would you pick?
This is always tough because often times I have a look from one person, but a personality from another character. Also, my ideas of my characters are not always what the reader pictures. I did use Val Kilmer’s character in Thunderheat as a placeholder in away for Reece.
Here is a storyboard, dealing mostly with setting, on the first book in the series, In Two Weeks.
5) How would you describe your book in one sentence (10 words or less)?
What if the past you thought had been erased has been rewritten and now threatens to erase you, permanently?
5) a) How will your book be published, submitted through the traditional route to a traditional publisher or will you be handling it yourself through Indie Publishing methods?
This book will be released through my partnership with NY Times Bestselling author Bob Mayer and Cool Gus Publishing.
B. If you’re an Indie Author, will you be publishing through your own Indie Publishing Company or in a collective with other Indie Authors?
Bob and I created Cool Gus Publishing in 2010 and we currently have over 100 books and 14 authors.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of this book?
Still writing it. It generally takes me 2 months to write a draft if I’m writing full time and 4 months to edit and rewrite. I really prefer the rewriting process to draft writing.
8) What other books within your genre are similar to yours?
This is one of those questions that has always been difficult for me to answer. One of my all time favorite books is Hello, Darkness by Sandra Brown. Its one of those books that I go back to time and time again for inspiration.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I do what the voices inside my head tell me to.
Bob Mayer, my business partner, is a great source of inspiration and I often go to his teachings when I’m stuck.
10) What about your book will pique the reader’s interest?
I tend to put my hero’s in situations where they often have to do things that are out of their character. Things that might be considered bad, but I have to make them redeemable. This book is about a character who has a past in which he had to make a difficult decision, one that not everyone would understand and how it affects his present position as a New York State Trooper and his relationship with a women who believes that things are simply black and white…or are they?
What I want to know is what about any book pique’s the reader’s interest? What are you looking for in a book and what makes you decide to pick it up? Anyone who comments on the blog over the next couple of weeks will be put into a drawing for an autographed copy of In Two Weeks. You have to be in the US/Canada for the physical copy, but I’ll also giveaway an eBook edition to those outside the US/Canada.
Happy Holidays from everyone at Cool Gus Publishing. And for all those people who found an eReader or tablet under the tree this year we’ve got some free eBooks. Something for everyone.
Bob has two eBooks that are currently FREE on Kindle.
Chasing the Ghost is currently ranked #1 in Men’s Adventure and #1 in Political. Review from a reader on Amazon: “Chasing the Ghost is tight, fast moving action/mystery…just the kind of story Mayer does best.” Covert operative Horace Chase has been chasing ghosts his entire life. First, his Medal-of-Honor winner father who died in Vietnam without ever meeting his son. And left him the legacy of an automatic appointment to the Military Academy at West Point which shaped the next thirty-five years of Chase’s life. Then, the ghost of his mother, who died while he was at war in Afghanistan and wounded, causing him to resign his commission and return to the United States, a lost soul. Chase now wears two hats as a Federal counter-terrorism liaison to the local police department in Boulder, Colorado where he becomes embroiled in two seemingly un-related cases. Working as a detective with Boulder PD he chases another death, this one the apparent rape/murder of Rachel Stevens, an upscale housewife attending night classes at the University of Colorado. And with his counter-terrorism team he is embroiled in a series of killings involving a militia group, a rogue ex-Special Forces officer, a psychopathic ex-CIA contract mercenary, and ruthless drug runners. From the streets of Boulder, to the highest railroad tunnel in the world, to a swingers club hiding in plain site in suburbia, Afghanistan starts to look pretty good to Chase.
Also FREE by Bob this holiday season on Kindle is Lost Girls. And Lost Girls just got a new cover!
Praise for Lost Girls: “ . . .delivers top-notch action and adventure, creating a full cast of lethal operatives armed with all the latest weaponry. Excellent writing and well-drawn, appealing characters help make this another taut, crackling read.” Publishers Weekly
Praise for Bodyguard of Lies: “Thelma and Louise go clandestine.” Kirkus Reviews
“Heart-racing non-stop action that is difficult to put down.” Mystery News
And for those who have either an iPad or a Kobo device, Psychic Warrior Project Aura is FREE. Psychic Warrior takes warfare into the virtual plane through avatars and then reinserts the covert operatives into the real world. The results can be devastating. Mayer uses his real Military experience in the then-classified Special Forces Trojan Warrior program, which was actually conducted, and writes a novel about the new frontier of warfare: the mind. The Russians sink the submarine USS Thresher in 1963 using their classified psychic project, but something goes awry and all are killed. All except one scientist who plans to take the project to a higher level. Decades later, the Russians unleash Chyort, also known as the ‘Devil’. Chyort is a cyborg that can project into the virtual world with almost limitless power and reassemble his avatar anywhere in real world to wreak havoc. As the Russian mafia steals 20 nuclear warheads to auction them to the highest bidder, Chyort implements his own plan of revenge. Sergeant Major Jimmy Dalton and a small team of US Green Berets who were originally trained in Trojan Warrior program are thrust into the Psychic Warrior program. The team, called Bright Gate, must battle Chyort on the virtual plane and take their own avatars into the real world. Their mission seems simple. Stop Chyort. If they fail? World War III…
From the Bestselling Author of Famous Women we have Colin Falconer and Harem as FREE reads on Kindle for the next two days. Here is a really cool storyboard Colin did for it.
And finally, Jen Talty’s award winning romantic suspense novel: Jane Doe’s Return is also set to FREE on Kindle. Jane Doe’s Return won The Beacon and The Molly. Imagine spending your entire career looking for the one person you believe will unlock the mystery of who killed your sister only to find her the most unlikely place; in your office, as your new partner. Special Agent Travis Brown has set his life up so he can have access to information that will lead him to the one woman he believes can tell him who killed his sister. But he’s not prepared for the drive and determination of his new partner; Special Agent Shauna Morgan. Her instincts are sharp and her beauty undeniable. His attraction to her is as strong as his need to find his sister’s killer. But Shauna has a secret. A secret that will ultimately put his heart on the line, along with her life. Jane Doe’s Return is a completed contemporary romantic suspense set between the city streets of Albany, New York and the scenic beauty of Lake George where I lived for many years. It is a tale of one woman who believes the only way to move beyond her past, is to shut the door on it, and the man who breaks it down.
Have a safe and wonderful holiday season!