From the Author
Though the famous Louis L'Amour inspired me to write novels, Robert Ludlum inspired me to write my first espionage. I had written a Special Forces series already (another future series), but never a spy or secret agent novel.
I didn't want to write just another spy novel, though. That had been done and redone, so I thought, if I couldn't write something unique, I wouldn't write one at all. And in the spirit of L'Amour, I asked myself, if L'Amour were to write an out and out spy thriller, what would it be like? My answer? All action!
I've taken my thrill for action, tied it together with tension, and carried the plot through to a climactic ending. That first spy thriller became Dark Liaison, A Christian Suspense Novel.
That's the short version. So, here's the rest of the story of just how my first two novels in the COIL Series came about.
If you want to hear the truth, Dark Liaison was probably the most agonizing writing project I've ever encountered. My editor would certainly agree. The action/adventure/espionage manuscript was first written by hand, as I usually do with my first drafts.
The initial Dark Liaison manuscript took only a few weeks once my research was complete. But it seemed too short at only two hundred and some pages. So I tied in a whole second conflict with the same villain from part I to make the novel longer. Inside two months of hand-cramped scribbling, I had close to six hundred pages of international spy action.
However, my editor took one look at it and said it was too long for today's market and for a first book. She suggested I cut it in half to make two novels rather than chop its content to a shorter length. Thus, the first two novels of the COIL series (Dark Liaison and Dark Hearted) were born.
And after two years of drafts, edits, rewrites, new beginnings, new endings, a dozen field tests, more tweaks, and a lot of prayer, I excitedly say . . . ebook readers, here we come!
It's a lot of work to write a novel, but very rewarding. I hope you enjoy this book. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it when you are finished.
-- David Telbat
From the Back Cover
A BOLDNESS has grown inside COIL. The Coalition of International Laborers has remained stoic in spite of violent attacks from dark agents. With God's help, they will not be hindered.
A NEED has developed in Malaysia and COIL responds with Christian fervor. But as that which destroys looms ever closer, COIL finds it difficult to be the protector while it is also the target.