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The Kill Option Paperback – October 9, 2010
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In my newest thriller The Kill Option I wanted to explore the differences between two brothers. Nick McQueen, a journalist, is motivated by seeking the truth. His brother Barry, a CIA hit man, is motivated by protecting national security. These two characters who end up on a collision course on account of their motivations somehow must find a way to work together when the chips are down and stop an international assassin from inciting World War III.
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Cash-poor, out-of-work reporter Nick McQueen is feeling desperate when his brother Barry, an ex-marine, suddenly appears and says, "I got a job for you." He explains that the killing of two Mexican smugglers near the border needs to be followed up. Nick is instructed to use false identity and to forward intel in two days. To expedite his assignment Nick visits his drug trafficking informant and is greeted with a blow to the head. This not-so-friendly contact later brings more grief and disaster into Nick's life. At a border cafe Nick questions a waitress who admits the dead Mexicans had been there with another man who "had weird eyes." This fact prompts Barry's boss to name the killer The Jack of Hearts after the one-eyed jack in a deck of cards. As an undercover agent Barry now enlists Nick to actively pursue The Jack of Hearts, who is believed to be on the way to assassinate one of the foreign leaders attending a secret summit in Colorado. The assassin's trademark is the brutal slaying of prostitutes. Charmian, a survivor seeking revenge, links up with Nick as he races to thwart the hit man's objective. Fast-paced,with visceral realism, this dark thriller blends action and suspense throughout, and exposes conspirators at the highest levels -- an intriguing read.
However,the writing is far from prose which makes the treatment simplistic and uninteresting. Here are two sentences from pages 4 and 5:
"There was no violence, yet tension between the two men could have been (have been?) cut with a knife. De Corazones could feel is as surely as he could feel the Parisian sun beating down on his face."
Please...how about "It was a dark, rainy night. Thunder rumbled all around him."
Sorry...no reader here. Want to read real intrigue with real living characters? Try Michael Connelly or Ridley Pearson.