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About Phyllis (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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Mai Fisher’s tenure as head of the United Nations Intelligence Directorate has gone smoother than she expected—until someone in her inner circle betrays The Directorate and tries to rig the U.S. presidential election to favor the conservative billionaire candidate.
Mai knows if he wins, the top levels of the U.S. government will be headed by deconstructionist right-wingers and white supremacists, but first she has to deal with the traitor in The Directorate's midst.
His fate? Extraordinary rendition and indefinite incarceration. But someone in The Directorate doesn’t agree and deals a different punishment.
After the billionaire’s unexpected win, Mai decides it’s time to relocate The Directorate from the U.S. to somewhere more neutral.
She can’t resist, however, one final act of intrigue before she leaves, a reminder to her enemies she will still be watching.
These are short stories not shy of controversy and definitely not politically correct. Read them, and you'll know where the author stands; but you'll no longer be sure of your place in her world. Think about them, and you can't help but see the other side of many, current social and political issues. These stories aim to disturb but in a way that makes you think about things you'd prefer to leave in back rooms and definitely not bring up at parties. Read on, and find characters who will lead you to familiar but troubling places.
"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?
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?
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.
Someone has other plans, however.
In the midst of her meal, an old enemy reappears, and Mai does the only thing she can: She pursues him.
Includes a sneak preview of Book Three of A PERFECT HATRED: DESCENDING SPIRAL.
However, to the surprise ATF office manager, Lucas Walker, the Kansas City office is given the assignment to infiltrate the burgeoning paramilitary group. Karen volunteers almost at once. It takes a lot of convincing, but Walker agrees to give her the assignment.
Karen begins studying both the background of such groups and her cover story, but she's already had a taste of right-wing violence in her own family. A similar group in the northwest killed her mother's cousin, a liberal, Jewish talk show host. A chance to stop similar violence is something Karen has wanted since she joined the ATF.
Her cover story in place, Karen--now Charlene Anderson--begins to attend a Christian Identity church to hear the words of a new leader who calls himself Prophet. Prophet and his mentor notice her "devotion" and invite her to join their growing compound, Patriot City.
Established there, Karen begins to collect information she knows will convict Prophet of gun-running, armed robberies, and perhaps something more sinister. She's so good at playing her part, Prophet assigns her a special duty in Patriot City, something that had seemed unlikely when she volunteered.
Now, she's faced with a choice no woman should have: her life or control over her own body.