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About P. A. Duncan
Phyllis A. Duncan is a retired bureaucrat but one with an over-active imagination--at least that's what everyone has told her since she first started making up stories in elementary school prompted by her weekly list of spelling words. A commercial pilot and former FAA safety official, she lives and writes in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. A graduate of Madison College (now James Madison University), she has degrees in history and political science. Her love of politics continues to this day.
She is President Emeritus of the Virginia Writers Club, one of the oldest writer organizations in the country.
Her debut novel, A WAR OF DECEPTION, won the 2017 New Apple Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing, "Best Historical Fiction."
Her fiction has won or placed in numerous contests (including winning the VWC Golden Nib Award for 2016) and has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. When not writing, reading, reviewing books, singing, rooting for the Yankees, or watching NASCAR, she takes delight in spoiling her grandchildren.
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A chance encounter with a skinhead carjacker leads U.N. spies Mai Fisher and Alexei Bukharin to research America's extreme right wing, a bleak world of militias, paramilitary compounds, and racist religion.
Then, the U.S. government requests The Directorate's assistance for a standoff with a religious cult in Killeen, Texas. There, Mai and Alexei not only make an enemy of the FBI's special agent in charge, but Mai also spots a young man among the protestors at the site, a man whose vacant expression reminds her too much of herself.
After the FBI reject their plan for a peaceful resolution, Mai and Alexei hunt the young man at gun shows around the country. To encounter him, Mai revives a persona from a mission that almost killed her, and Alexei searches for a paramilitary compound to infiltrate. They soon realize these homegrown extremists are serious--and dangerous. They want to dismantle the U.S. government and replace it with an autocracy straight out of their favorite dystopian novel.
Meanwhile, John Thomas Carroll, the man Mai spotted at Killeen, is at the end of his proverbial rope. No job, no prospects for the future, helpless to save the life of a child he loved, he wants to end his life--until he remembers a woman he met at a gun show.
Has Mai Fisher unknowingly given a terrorist a reason to live?
As disgraced IRA soldier Siobhan Dochartaigh, Mai Fisher’s brief contact with a man who piqued her interest at the FBI standoff at Killeen, Texas, wasn’t enough to convince her he’s the one planning revenge for the deaths of the People of the Eternal Light. She needs to encounter him again--and soon.
Alexei Bukharin continues to look for the elusive paramilitary compound Patriot City and is stymied until a chance meeting gives him a lead…and something more, something The Directorate stopped him from doing years ago: hunting the Nazis who executed his father and siblings at Stalingrad.
John Thomas Carroll's future isn’t quite so dark when he’s with Siobhan, but while his feelings for her deepen, he and his two best friends begin accumulating the supplies for a plan that may have been in the making long before Killeen provided an excuse.
Mai wonders if she was wrong about Carroll. All she sees is a young man with a soft spot for children but who is disgruntled with the government. Unless she finds something concrete, Carroll is a dead end.
As Sergei in Patriot City, Alexei, too, has no tangible evidence anyone is planning an act of terror. The proof is likely on a computer, whose access is limited, and he plots how to get to it and to one of the men who rendered him fatherless.
But also undercover in Patriot City is ATF agent Karen Wolfe, aka Charlene Anderson. "Assigned" to Sergei to make the next generation of Aryan warriors, Karen will do what she has to do to survive.
"Is it over?"
Two years of spying all come down to this: Find John Thomas Carroll and prevent him from blowing up a federal building.
An easy task for an intelligence organization with a global reach, right?
Not when Carroll doesn't want to be found and has a network of right-wing extremists with powerful connections to cover his tracks.
U.N. spy Mai Fisher has stretched her analytical abilities to the limit. She knows why, how, when, and who about the potential bombing, but once the FBI realizes she doesn't know where, Mai and Alexei Bukharin are on their own. Their search for Carroll is old-school tradecraft--surveillance, pressuring his friends and family, hoping for a lucky break.
Mai's epiphany comes at an unlikely time and place. The only ones who believe she's figured out where Carroll will place his bomb are Alexei and a handful of ATF agents. They race against the clock to stop terror in the heartland of America, and Mai faces the possibility she has suffered an inconceivable loss.
Collateral Damage is the stunning conclusion of the landmark series, A Perfect Hatred.
But, is it really over?
U.N. spy Mai Fisher knows surveillance is dull, but her subject, John Thomas Carroll, has done things to confirm her suspicions he’s planning revenge against the government for its botched raid on a religious cult in Killeen, Texas. Yet, while work runs smoothly, she is concerned because her partner, Alexei Bukharin, who infiltrated a paramilitary compound, has been out of touch for months.
Alexei is more than ready to leave Patriot City. He's done things he regrets, and he doesn’t usually indulge in remorse. To assure his survival, his focus shifts from the past to what awaits him at home: his wife and grandchild.
John Carroll is falling in love with IRA outcast Siobhan Dochartaigh but has a problem balancing that with the mission he’s been given. He doesn’t know Siobhan—Mai Fisher—is collecting evidence against him while using him to get even with her partner for what he did while under cover, something threatening the continuation of their partnership.
Mai goes to extremes she swore never to use to break Carroll away from the influence of Patriot City’s Elijah the Prophet. When Carroll wavers, she tells him he has to choose: her or the destiny Prophet demands Carroll fulfill.
Can Mai—and Alexei—live with the choice Carroll makes?
That changes when she sees the name of a new-hire in the U.N. Special and Security Forces--the name of a man, who as a teenager, sent Mai and Alexei down a road to the darkest mission of their careers.
Is it coincidence he shows up in her life twenty-five years later, or is he seeking revenge?
Inside this mini-sequel, you'll find a sneak preview of A PERFECT HATRED: END TIMES, book one of a four-book series based on a major act of domestic terrorism.
After almost 40 years as a spy for the United Nations Intelligence Directorate, Alexei Bukharin is glad to be alive to enjoy time with his wife, Mai Fisher, and to finish raising his college-student
granddaughter, Natalia. When Mai calls him out of bed to bring her dry clothes after she takes an information drop from a Serbian diplomat, he discovers she’s suffered something that can be death for a spy, retired or otherwise: Someone knows her true identity.
A raid on the Mafiya apartment where Mai was to be taken uncovers something more devastating. The thugs have a photograph of Natalia at her university. The investigation becomes two-pronged: Who burned Mai, and why is the Russian underworld interested in Natalia?
Their investigation uncovers a Russian mole in the FBI, one who has been selling America’s secrets to the Soviets and the Russian Federation for more than 20 years. When Alexei discovers the reason behind the interest in Natalia, he realizes a decision he made in 1974 has come back to haunt him.
Personal needs, professional standards, and a choice from the past collide in a war of deception.
The only problem is, Mears can't go with them. If he does, he's in violation of an agreement he made years before to save his life. Still, he doesn't want to let these struggling kids down.
He pleads his case for an exception and gets permission to go, and though he's tempted to break the terms of the agreement, he thinks first of the kids he's there to guide.
When one of the students comes down with appendicitis, a trip to the ER puts Mears in a situation he knows will cost him his job and a future in the place he's come to call home. Moreover, it could cost him his life.
To find out why, look for the author's debut novel, A WAR OF DECEPTION, coming in Spring 2017. (Sneak preview inside.)
Love involves sacrifice, but that can often go too far. At the height of the Cold War, a secretive cabal recruits
two boys for a mission that could cost their lives but change their country.
When the Cold War is at its coldest, a man is trapped in East Berlin when the Wall goes up. That man will do anything to return to his beloved family, even pretend he is loyal but always ready to betray.
As the Cold War approaches its inevitable end, these lives intersect and prove love is both eternal and a powerful motivator. Love forgives almost anything.
But love is also sometimes the perfect companion for death.
Whiskey doesn’t really drown sorrow, but it pushes it aside.
Mai Fisher won’t accept she’s lost her partner until she sees the body, and the whiskey prepares her for that until she receives a phone call bringing good news from an unlikely source.
Alexei Bukharin has perhaps stretched his luck one time too many, but he has a mission… No, he and Mai have a mission to finish, and the latest complication brings forth both an old adversary and also someone far too close for comfort.
Mai’s diplomatic skills have never been her strong point, but she manages to rise to the occasion when dealing with a candidate who, despite his calls for peace, could end up being the next Slobodan Milošević.
A hired assassin develops a conscience but isn’t sure whom he can turn to for help. Well, he knows exactly who would help him without question, but being beholden to Mai Fisher is not something he wants to deal with for, oh, the rest of his life.
Devious plots, political assassinations, blood vengeance, and hidden agendas, all dangerous truths.
Merely another day in the Balkans.
As if that weren't enough, she has to convince a reluctant candidate to run against the Serbian strongman, Slobodan Milošević.
After coming out of semi-retirement with reluctance, Alexei Bukharin joins his partner in what he hopes is their final mission. There are moments, though, where he remembers the most exciting aspects of the spy game: untangling plots, the occasional need to kick ass, the manipulation of an innocent, and the adrenaline rush.
However, there are those who will do anything to maintain the status quo, to stay in power.Even kill.