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Agent of Influence: A Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Russell Hamilton
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Novel Before The News Cycle 

Unrest in Cairo, The Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, A Mysterious Potus, and a CIA Agent With Knowledge of His Deadly Secret

Before there was a debate over a birth certificate there was Agent of Influence, the first novel from Russell Hamilton. Originally published in 2009 after working on it for eight years, it is now available as a paperback or 3.99 on kindle. For more information on Russell and the novel check out agentofinfluence.org.


Cairo, Egypt, 1953 - A secret sect calling itself the Brotherhood of the Caliphate splinters off from the Muslim Brotherhood as the storm clouds of revolution gather.
Louisville, KY, 1973 - Political power broker and multi-millionaire Aman Kazim's Derby contending thoroughbred is slaughtered just hours before the race.
Las Vegas, Nevada, 2004 - An unusual joint FBI/CIA operation goes horribly wrong as CIA agent Anna Starks vanishes in the glittering lights of sin city while attempting to track down a potential threat to the country.
Washington DC, 2005 - Zachariah Hardin, a politician with a mysterious past has reached the zenith of his power as the first foreign-born president.
From the back alleys of ancient Cairo, to the glitzy nightlife of Vegas, to the corridors of power in DC, Agent of Influence is the thriller ahead of the news cycle.

˃˃˃ Find out why reviewers are saying :"Hamilton delivers a taut political thriller that moves with speed and agility. A fast-paced thriller with an imaginative premise." Kirkus Indie Reviews.

"Agent of Influence is an action-packed mystery/thriller that is certain to entertain." City Book Reviews.

"This is one roller coaster ride readers won't want to get off." Foreword Clarion Reviews.

"Hamilton has written as tightly plotted an international spy story as you are going to find in this genre...If you are into Muslim conspiracy theories, this is a particularly timely book." Bookreview.com

"Crackling with insights and rife with adventure." Chuck Morse; talk radio host, former candidate for the US House of Representatives, and author of The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terrorism.

˃˃˃ Find out why Amazon readers are saying :

"I ENJOYED THIS BOOK AS MUCH AS ANY TOM CLANCY/VINCE FLYNN/DAN BROWN/IAN FLEMING NOVEL."

"Some may think the story line is far fetched. I think Mr. Hamilton demonstrates keen insight into our current political situation."

"Enjoyed this book very much. never quite knew where the author was headed with many twists and turns!!"
 
"Eerily realistic in today's world! I hope he doesn't know something we're going to find out later!"
 
"If you like Vince Flynn books, you'll probably like this one, too."
 
"Well-developed twists and turns of plot keep the story flowing, emotions and actions consistent with detailed character descriptions, excellent read!"
 
"Finally, the Kindle's batteries made the screen go dark so HAD to put it down & plug it in so I could read more again! It certainly kept my attention."
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Editorial Reviews

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"Hamilton delivers a taut political thriller that moves with speed and agility. A fast-paced thriller with an imaginative premise." Kirkus Indie Reviews.

"Agent of Influence is an action-packed mystery/thriller that is certain to entertain." City Book Reviews.                 
"This is one roller coaster ride readers won't want to get off." Foreword Clarion Reviews.
"Hamilton has written as tightly plotted an international spy story as you are going to find in this genre...If you are into Muslim conspiracy theories, this is a particularly timely book." Bookreview.com
"Crackling with insights and rife with adventure." Chuck Morse; talk radio host, former candidate for the US House of Representatives, and author of The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terrorism.

From the Author

A note from the author- For the purposes of the novel I used 10/1/00 instead of 9/11/01 as the date of the attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.  This new version has been updated and includes the first few chapters of One Single Warrior, the sequel to AOI, scheduled for release on 11/1/14.

Thank you for considering Agent of Influence.

Regards,

Russell Hamilton 

Out of the ashes of war-torn Cairo after WWII the Muslim Brotherhood becomes a new kingmaker in Egypt. A rift develops in the Brotherhood and a secret sect forms calling themselves the Brotherhood of the Caliphate. They are patient, cunning, and understand who their true enemy is. Now after fifty years the pieces are in order for them to make their decisive move.

There are no instant gratification terrorists in this thriller. You will be introduced to Muslim casino owner Aman Kazim, making his fortune during the mafia heydays of Las Vegas in the 50s and 60s, Aziz A'zami, a former horse trainer and WWII spy living out his last days in Islamic Cairo, and their protégé, Zachariah Hardin, who after thirty years has ascended the political hierarchy of the United States.


Agent of Influence takes globe-trotting CIA spy Anna Starks through Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Reno, Cairo, Louisville, and Washington, D.C. as she races against time to piece together President-Elect Hardin's sinister past before it is too late. What she finds could alter the landscape of the United States forever.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1450 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Russell Hamilton; 2 edition (January 2, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YKV5Q0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,065 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent & Quick Read - Hard to Put Down September 21, 2009
Format:Paperback
I was lent a copy of this novel from a relative of the author and asked to provide my feedback as I am avid reader, particularly of political/military/espionage thrillers and could provide a comparison to some of the more popular titles that exist on the market. Bottom line: This is a well written book that captured me from the beginning all the way to end. I enjoyed this book as much as any Tom Clancy/Vince Flynn/Dan Brown/Ian Fleming novel. The characters he created were in depth and interesting. The author used a number of different places (in different time periods) which were vividly and accurately described (as I have been to a few of these places). I was given a bit of insight of when the author began writing this book, and I was amazed how pertinent the storyline was to the present political and global environment, particularly the circumstances and background of our current President. I was equally impressed with the research the author had done as he referenced many historical events and characters (particularly with the rise of radical Islamic beliefs and actions). This helped to make the plot more realistic and believable.

If you enjoy books by the authors I mentioned above, you would definitely enjoy this book. Thanks for the great read!

Rob Bush
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poorly edited June 26, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Interesting plot.

Very, very, poorly edited. So badly edited, in fact, that I started jotting down errors.

A character doesn't "wreck havoc;" he "wreaks havoc."

A character doesn't make a "hallow resolution;" he makes a "hollow resolution."

And an articulate character would not think that his "conscious was clear," but rather that his "conscience was clear."

If you have an original and well-developed story, you owe it to yourself to pay a professional editor to clean up your work -- especially if a sequel is on the horizon.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tested it and it passes!! July 21, 2009
Format:Paperback
Debut novels can be tricky and I gave this one the test. Ordered it based on a friend of the author's recomendation, but I've actually met Russ a couple of times. While waiting for my copy to arrive, I was catching up on some Brad Thor novels. Agent of Influence arrived after reading 2 BT books and I jumped right in - I loved it!! The premis was fresh (for me, at least)and the characters well rounded. I don't normally like flashback writing, but it works for this book. I was glad to get the background story when it was presented and was able to keep track of the time frame. Good Job Russ - when is the next one coming out?!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Yeah...right August 12, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Disappointing from start to finish. Unlikely plot. Prose suggests the author does not speak English as his native language. Spare me any more of his books.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Agent of Influence review July 24, 2013
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How many times in a book do you have to be told the woman is beautiful and the man is big and hansome? It's over and over. Also, how many times can people wink at each other?
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Would make a Great Movie November 12, 2012
Format:Paperback
This book gave me mixed reviews. I gave it 3 stars because it was the consensus between my husband and I. I intentionally got this book for my husband to read because it sounded like he would be interested in it. However, it was very hard for him to follow. He said that it jumped way too much for him to be able to keep what was going on, correct. But he did say that it would make a great movie. I also agree. I do think this would be an enjoyable movie because I really liked the book. Everything to me was so vivid and action packed. There were things around every corner that would catch you off guard even though you should have expected it.

I would recommend this book to any person who loves the action packed thrillers.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I had hope for this one January 14, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The back story sections are way too wordy. There are too many editing errors. And why, oh why, is the date of the terrorist attacks stated as 10/01/00? Why change that significant date? Just not compelling enough to finish.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Agent of influence July 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed the excitement generated by the plot; however, I was bothered by the grammatical and the wordiness. Would like to sit down with a copy of the book and work on making it better for readers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it.
Great read, Russell Hamilton is very entertaining. I am looking for other books by Mr. Hamilton, I am sure they will be equally entertaining.
Published 1 day ago by soozeeque
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrills for Everyone
I saw someone say that this was poorly edited and I have to agree. Typos galore (I make them, but if the book is to be published, I would hope someone would catch those! Read more
Published 6 days ago by Tere
5.0 out of 5 stars a true sleeper!
While written several years ago, this book presents a real life scenario that shouldn't be ignored. A really good read!
Published 15 days ago by Russell Graham
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read
Fast paced and it held my interest. Going back and forth between past and present was at times tricky to follow. Some of the language was offensive to me. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Dottie L
1.0 out of 5 stars boring
Boring story could be told in half as many words. Not well written. Too many errors and too much background.
Published 23 days ago by Richard L Norman
4.0 out of 5 stars nice
Enjoyed the story and it kept my attention the entire book. Would like to see this continue in a series.
Published 1 month ago by Suzanne Q. Teague
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable political, action-packed read
I found this one to be a somewhat believable story with twists and turns that kept me interested and wondering what was next. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JudyD
5.0 out of 5 stars very intense.
Kept my interest. Loved all of the twists. Interesting history and quite believable. A very good read. You'll love it
Published 1 month ago by Steven A. Siler
2.0 out of 5 stars Horrendous editing
Many of the editing errors have been pointed out above..... but this one takes the cake:
"the pirouettes of Cairo's mosques" I think the author should know that... Read more
Published 2 months ago by azdoll
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Very exciting and riveting .kept you interested till the very end.can't wait to read the sequel of this good book
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More About the Author

A native of Louisville, KY, Russell spent seven years researching and writing Agent of Influence in his spare time. A fast-paced thriller, the novel grew out of his travels as well as his obsession with history. A voracious reader, he devours as many history books as possible. On the fiction side his biggest influences are Tom Clancy, Ian Fleming, Vince Flynn, James Clavell, Daniel Silva, Robert Ludlum, and Ernest Hemingway.

If he really has some free time on his hands he enjoys scuba diving and skiing. He has been a certified scuba diver since 1996 and has been diving in California, Cozumel, Cancun, Grand Cayman, Belize, Honduras, Nassau,Key West, and the Exuma Islands. One of his most memorable and exciting trips was an expedition to cage dive with great white sharks on the Pacific coast of Mexico. His next full length thriller, a sequel to Agent of Influence, is scheduled for release in late 2014 and he is looking forward to incorporating some diving scenes into the book.

For more information about Russell or Agent of Influence check out www.agentofinfluence.org and find out why Kirkus Indie Reviews says that Agent of Influence is "A taut political thriller that moves with speed and agility." Agent of Influence was also one of 2000 novels/manuscripts considered for the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. For a sample of Russell's writing and some background information on Agent of Influence's major characters check out The Wet Job and Tropical Heat, available on kindle for only .99.

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