Recently retired Air Force commando Thomas Mazuko was looking forward to a quiet future spent teaching karate in his small Tampa, Florida, studio. His dreams were of little more than days on the sandy beaches and nights in the company of his wife and children. Little did he know that his instinctive reaction to witnessing the mugging of an elderly woman would set in motion a chain of events that would drastically alter the course of his life. By sheer accident, Mazuko becomes a primary target for the wrath of a powerfully connected local syndicate figure. When the wealthy and egomaniacal Martin DeValdez sends out wise guys to “teach this upstart a lesson” Mazuko’s foster son and a young student are caught up the maelstrom of uncontrolled chaos. As the level of violence escalates, Mazuko realizes that he has become the target of vengeance of a man who will stop at nothing to right what he perceives as personal wrongs. With the body count rising and the lives of his ten-year-old daughter and two-year-old son, as well as the lives of friends, new and old, hanging in the balance, Mazuko must set aside his plans for a quiet retirement and return to the skills of his past in order to fight for his life and the lives of his children.
Andrew C. McDonald was born an army brat and traveled the world until the ripe old age of ten. After attending Florida Institute of Technology and graduating cum laude with a BS in applied mathematics, he then spent seven years as an officer in the US Army Signal Corps. Andrew saw active duty during Desert Storm, before exiting military service honorably at the rank of captain. Since then, Andrew has spent almost twenty-five years as an emergency 911 police and fire dispatcher, which he still holds. Aside from working on a second novel, Andrew also writes poetry, comedy, and short stories. Married since 1985 to his wife, Emily, Andrew resides in central Florida with his four children, two grandchildren, three dogs, and two cats.