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Agent of Influence: A Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Russell Hamilton
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Book Description

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:
"A taut political thriller that moves with speed and agility." Kirkus Indie Reviews.
"This is one roller coaster ride readers won't want to get off." Foreword Clarion Reviews.
"tightly plotted...If you are into Muslim conspiracy theories this is a particularly timely book...There is a scene from the 1973 Secretariat win at the Derby that is worth the price of admission."
"I enjoyed this book as much as any Tom Clancy/Vince Flynn/Dan Brown/Ian Fleming novel." Amazon review.
Agent of Influence also made it to the second round of judging and was one of 2000 novels/manuscripts considered for the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

In 2003 the California recall election sparked an idea that turned Agent of Influence from a 50 page dead end to a full length thriller. Before there was a debate over a birth certificate there was Agent of Influence, the first novel from Russell Hamilton. A native of Louisville, KY, the book is an outgrowth of his travels, voracious reading habits, and fascination with history and foreign affairs. For more information on Russell and the novel check out

Editorial Reviews


"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."
"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.


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: 1462 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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111 of 117 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poorly edited June 26, 2013
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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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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent & Quick Read - Hard to Put Down September 21, 2009
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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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Horrendous editing February 21, 2014
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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 mosques have minarets, not pirouettes!

A mistake such as that would earn one of my students a failing grade.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I had hope for this one January 14, 2014
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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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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ugh July 12, 2013
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This book was painful to read. I like the pseudo Manchurian candidate idea and had high hopes, but was disappointed. It felt like the author was getting paid by the word count and tried to make every sentence as long as possible. And then added another long, boring sentence just to twist the knife.

It was free when I downloaded it and I still feel cheated.
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31 of 32 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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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly researched and edited February 15, 2014
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The reason people like Clancy and Ludlum are successful is that they research their material -- especially the details.

Not so in this book.

P.S. Special Forces are NOT the Marines. Some of the details in this book don't pass the laugh test.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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Only got part way into this slow and plodding book before I gave up. Too many mistakes - threw instead of through, conservation instead of conversation; stilted dialogue - reads like a alien is speaking - I will rather than I'll, etc.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fast moving thriller
I liked it ... It was a fast paced thriller! The characters are well developed, interesting and Hamilton keeps you fully engaged in the story!
Published 4 days ago by EJ Brown
2.0 out of 5 stars Unfulfilled
To state the obvious, just too many inconsistencies. Author made every government agency seem idiotic or ignorant at best. Read more
Published 6 days ago by T_Dog
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 14 days ago by Vonda Carlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very exciting and enjoyable read.
Published 18 days ago by Ramey
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner.
Hard to put down.
Published 23 days ago by Jack
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I liked it.
Published 29 days ago by mountain man
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! held my interest well and I wanted to read more!
Excellent action packed book! I found myself thinking about how the current president's birth certificate was talked about in the media for awhile as well as the Muslim religion. Read more
Published 1 month ago by cbanks
4.0 out of 5 stars Agent of Influence
The Plot of this book was plausible given the times we are in. For me it was slow starting, I know characters had to be developed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Mongiat
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific!
Just finished a great and somewhat plausible story. I could not put it down once I started. Highly recommended to readers of suspense and espionage
Published 1 month ago by Marna L. Mucha
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
There were times I felt like I was going to catch a wrong turn in the book. But I was proven wrong. Excellent book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Melissa Holland
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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 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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