The Heights of Valor – Jake Dawson gave up an All-American wrestling career
in college to become an Army Special Forces soldier like his grandfather Dennis,
who was killed in Vietnam. Early in his career, Jake receives a gift: the diary
written by his ancestor Charles, who fought with the Rough Riders under
Theodore Roosevelt in the Spanish-American War of 1898. Nearly every Dawson
man since then has answered his country’s call, and their inspiring letters are in
the diary. Now it’s Jake’s turn. But on his long trek to the Green Beret, with the
weight of his family legacy growing, Jake’s valor on the battlefield can’t overcome
the tragedies of comrades lost and the bitter taste of enemies escaping justice.
Finally, with his goal in sight, Jake faces his greatest challenge yet, and he’ll need
his Rough Rider ancestor’s help to meet it.
The Man in the Arena – Scott Armstrong grew up on the Mississippi in Wisconsin, dreaming of Big 10 football glory, but he promised his dying grandfather to attend the Air Force Academy. His career in Special Tactics takes him all over the world, battling his country’s enemies, but then it all comes crashing down. His marriage implodes, and when his final mission goes sideways, the Air Force tells him it’s time to retire. The only place he knows to go is back home. As Scott settles in to rebuild his life, he learns that an evil force has invaded his placid home county, poisoning young people with drugs. Trying to stay above the fray, he focuses his attention on Beth, a divorcee whose teenage daughter, Emily, is a budding volleyball star. But when Emily becomes the target of the criminal enterprise that is turning from drug-running to trafficking, Scott is forced to once again become “the man in the arena” his grandfather always called on him to be.
When America and its allies are in trouble, they send their best to solve the problem. Jo Ann Geary is the White Vixen, an officer in Air Force Special Operations and expert martial artist and linguist. We meet her in my debut thriller, The White Vixen, set in 1981-82. On a mission with British Royal Marines in Hong Kong, Jo helps rescue an MI6 agent held captive by the Chinese. Months later, MI6 calls on Jo again, this time to go undercover deep inside Argentina on the eve of the Falklands War. She uncovers a shadow government
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honorable as his time in uniform. In lawless Somalia, an al-Qaeda chieftain decides to defect, and that decision will bring the Hayes brothers back together, involving them in a terrorist plot to bring America to her knees. A year later, Quest for Vengeance finds the brothers honeymooning with their new brides in Italy, but their presence has been detected by a Serbian warlord, who has an old score to settle with Mark. He decides to strike quickly at Mark’s wife, luring the brothers into a battle he will make sure they cannot win.
Jim and Mark Hayes are brothers who grew up in southern Wisconsin, then went their separate ways. Jim went to college, married and started a nondescript career, but when his pregnant wife was murdered in front of him, he dedicated his life to training in the martial arts, so the next time his help was needed, he could respond. Mark attended West Point and entered into a long career as a decorated Army officer. By 2011, the brothers are in middle age and wondering what’s next. In Quest for Honor, Jim is still seeking to regain the sense of honor he felt he lost when his wife died, while Mark is contemplating retirement and wonders if life as a civilian will be as
led by a man thought long dead, mastermind of a plot that could touch off World War III.
In The Red Wolf, it's five years later. Jo is now executive officer of a secret special ops unit, Pallas Group, and her first mission is to lead a team behind the Iron Curtain to prevent the assassination of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev by a rogue KGB agent. Cut off from U.S. support, hunted by Soviet and Hungarian agents, Jo has to find and then defeat the most dangerous man she has ever faced, with the fate of the Cold War hanging in the balance.
The Bronze Leopard finds Jo in East Africa, and after wrapping up a mission, she and a colleague set out to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro before returning home. She doesn’t know that the rebel leader she captured, an East German soldier determined to revive his grandfather’s dream of a German empire in Africa, has been freed from prison by GDR mercenaries. Now, the Bronze Leopard himself, backed by a team of elite East German troops, is determined to track the Vixen up the mountain and eliminate the biggest threat to the mercenaries’ future operations. Pursued to the top of Africa, outgunned and weakened by the extreme altitude, Jo Geary faces the fight of her life against a desperate foe in one of the harshest environments on the planet.
And, coming in early 2025, The Silver Falcon. When a mysterious object floats unchallenged over Alaska and comes down in the rugged Yukon Territory, the White Vixen is assigned as U.S. liaison to a Canadian special forces team tasked with finding the crash site and retrieving the aircraft. Is it Russian in origin? Chinese? Extra-terrestrial? Racing against the oncoming Yukon winter and an unknown force of paratroopers who are coming in over the North Pole, Jo Geary will have to deal with partners she’s not sure she can trust as well as a wilderness filled with threats, both human and otherwise, to find and secure the object that may hold the key to America’s survival.
Jim Hayes went from a quiet widower’s life in Wisconsin to the tip of the spear in an instant. Trapped in a terrorist camp, he fought his way to freedom, relying on his martial arts skills to survive. Then he did it again, on a mission to rescue his brother Mark’s kidnaped wife. Returning home to his new bride, Gina, and life on a placid lake, Jim hopes that his time as an instructor for Mark’s security firm will be quiet and safe.
It turns out “quiet and safe” aren’t what he wants. Restless and bored, he also has to deal with a crisis in his marriage, brought on by suspicion and some questionable, potentially tragic decisions. Now, Jim and Gina seek to find redemption and rebuild their bond on a hiking trip through the Peruvian Andes.
But once on the Salkantay, trekking toward the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu, the troubled couple will have to deal with a lot more than rough trails and high altitude. Shining Path guerillas are on the move in the mountains, and the American hikers are their next targets. Jim and Gina Hayes will have to rediscover their trust, rely on each other and use all of their skills to make it home alive.
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