P. A. Duncan
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About P. A. Duncan
Please note that the four titles listed as "currently unavailable" in my list of publications are four short stories which were combined into the book, SPY FLASH II.
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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And it’s not the number of emergencies tossed at retired spy Mai Fisher in the flight simulator.
Her instructor is curious about another student at the flight school, one who wants to learn how to fly but not take off and land.
Mai’s “spy-dar” alerts, but she reminds herself she’s retired now. This has nothing to do with her anymore.
However . . .
It wouldn’t hurt to recruit an asset in the Federal Aviation Administration, would it? She’s recruited dozens of assets over the years, but this time she has to do it on the down-low, so her husband and former partner won’t think she’s breaking her “no more missions” promise.
But circumstances can change rather quickly.
Prologue to Terror is the prologue to the new novel, Terror, book 1 of the series Meeting the Enemy.
Where were you on 9/11?
The plan was to look at real estate.
Mai Fisher didn’t expect that to become a fight for her life.
After a long and dangerous climb from the rubble of the collapsed Number Two World Trade Center, she discovers her partner—and husband—Alexei Bukharin is missing.
His wedding ring, however, remains in their hotel room. Bad luck for a Ukrainian, and it leaves Mai questioning their entire partnership.
When Mai learns who was behind the attacks on 9/11, she has a good idea where Alexei is headed and where she needs to go. First, though, this semi-retired spy has an official mission that supersedes her personal one.
But she will get to Afghanistan, and she will find Alexei.
One way or another.
Terror is book one of the new, historical espionage series, Meeting the Enemy.
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.
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?
"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?
It was always meant to be this way.
Love involves sacrifice, but that can often go too far. A secretive cabal recruits two boys for a mission that could cost their lives but change their country. A man is trapped in East Berlin when the Wall goes up, and he will do anything to return to his beloved family, even pretend he is loyal but always ready to betray. 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.
. . . of a mission that was the darkest of Mai Fisher's and Alexei Bukharin's careers.
Paramilitary compounds, anti-government groups, white supremacists, and a plot for a "Second American Revolution" were all detailed in the four-book series, A Perfect Hatred. Each book had an associated reader magnet published, and these are now compiled in Quintet as a box set.
But Quintet also contains a bonus story not published before, a bridge story between book 3 Descending Spiral and book 4 Collateral Damage.
"I'm for justice, no matter who it is for or against." - Malcolm X
March for Justice is a collection of stories focused on the on the wrongs that surround us. From our hometowns to around the world, let these stories serve as inspiration, as beacons of light to remind us that we must not remain silent in the face of injustice.
Instead, we must be brave and march for justice for all.
Featured stories include:
"Together Against Darkness" by A.K. Hughey
"Out of Time" by Allison K. Garcia
"Protect Them At All Costs" by K. McCoy
"Best Served Cold" by P. A. Duncan
"Fighting the Odds" by Summer Zoris
Mai Fisher doesn’t like missions with no clear resolution. But this is the Balkans, and sometimes you have to accept small defeats among the overall victory.
Despite Alexei Bukharin’s insistence on this being their final mission, Mai won’t let herself think about that. She’s got an election to influence, assassinations to stop, justice to achieve, and errant relatives to save.
But that all strains both her professional and personal relationship with Alexei. Nothing new there, but it’s getting old. For both.
After having to fight, unexpectedly and literally, for her life, her mission does conclude, though the loose ends flap about willy-nilly. That, Mai finds unacceptable, especially when the aftermath uncovers a betrayal that could have gotten her killed for the basest of reasons--jealousy.
Being, as Alexei calls her, “the most stubborn woman on earth,” she manages to find closure for this mission, though it takes time. Alexei has his closure as well, along with the acceptance he is who he is, occasionally ruthless and always unforgiving.
Was this their final mission? Only time will tell.
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.
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.