The Pact - Episode 1

A Deadly Espionage Thriller Series

Book 1
BASTEI LÜBBE
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EPISODE 1 OF 8: During a cross-Atlantic flight from New York to London, six unsuspecting twenty-somethings are recruited by NBS, an internationally supported, secret intelligence organization with stations around the world. These young men and women are to be trained for one purpose: bringing down The Syndicate, an international crime organization aimed at profiteering by keeping countries at war with one another. All the recruits have already unknowingly encountered The Syndicate in their everyday lives. Once their recruiter, Agent Sullivan, learns of The Syndicate's plans to steal smallpox samples from TriMark, a medical lab in upstate New York, the recruits' training in London is cut short so they can be sent back to the States on their first assignment. But for one of the six, becoming an NBS agent has deadly consequences, leaving the remaining five with a new goal: keeping each other alive. -- ABOUT THE SERIES: NBS agents are trained for one purpose: bringing down The Syndicate, an international crime organization aimed at profiteering by keeping countries at war with one another. When an NBS agent is murdered shortly before her first assignment, five new recruits quickly realize the agency they're working for may not be as trustworthy as it seems, forcing them to make a pact in order to survive. Can the new agents stay alive long enough to uncover the truth behind their fellow recruit's death? Or is finding answers hidden deep within both organizations tempting enough to make one of them break the pact? -- For fans of Robert Ludlum, THE BOURNE IDENTITY, John le Carré, THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, Daniel Silva, THE UNLIKELY SPY and HOMELAND. -- Christian Liberty Marshall is an Austrian-based writer, and musician with degrees from Vanderbilt University, and University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. When not performing as a violist, he can be found teaching at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg, writing educational material for children, or translating German literature. His first serial novel, The Pact, is available in summer 2015.
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BASTEI LÜBBE
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Aug 3, 2015
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9783732508365
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English
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Fiction / Thrillers / Espionage
Fiction / Thrillers / General
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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EPISODE 2 OF 8: Shaken by the death of their fellow agent, the five remaining NBS recruits must work together to stop The Syndicate from stealing smallpox samples from TriMark, a medical lab in upstate New York. Their assignment goes according to plan until Agent Felicity Wilson is knocked unconscious after extracting the samples. With Felicity left empty-handed, and NBS agents believing The Syndicate is responsible for stealing the samples out from under them, the recruits return to their homes, unaware of the deception surrounding their bungled first assignment. For each of the agents, life will never be the same as they learn of their proximity to The Syndicate. This is especially true for Agent Felicity Wilson, who will uncover a startling revelation about her past ... -- ABOUT THE SERIES: NBS agents are trained for one purpose: bringing down The Syndicate, an international crime organization aimed at profiteering by keeping countries at war with one another. When an NBS agent is murdered shortly before her first assignment, five new recruits quickly realize the agency they're working for may not be as trustworthy as it seems, forcing them to make a pact in order to survive. Can the new agents stay alive long enough to uncover the truth behind their fellow recruit's death? Or is finding answers hidden deep within both organizations tempting enough to make one of them break the pact? -- For fans of Robert Ludlum, THE BOURNE IDENTITY, John le Carré, THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, Daniel Silva, THE UNLIKELY SPY and HOMELAND. -- Christian Liberty Marshall is an Austrian-based writer, and musician with degrees from Vanderbilt University, and University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. When not performing as a violist, he can be found teaching at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg, writing educational material for children, or translating German literature. His first serial novel, The Pact, is available in summer 2015.
EPISODE 3 OF 8: Five young agents recruited by NBS, an internationally supported secret organization, return home after having failed their first assignment: preventing The Syndicate from stealing smallpox samples to make biological weapons to sell for profit. Agent Felicity Wilson travels home, intent on using her stepfather's association with The Syndicate as a way to infiltrate the corrupt organization. Once there, she unexpectedly discovers a photo of her birth father a man she's never met only to recognize the person standing next to him in the photo as her NBS recruiter, Agent Sullivan. Will uncovering Agent Sullivan's past give Felicity answers about her family she's been looking for? Meanwhile, Cape Town detective and fellow NBS Agent Nicholas Clark is determined to stop transport tycoon Rolf Voigt from getting away with cocaine smuggling. In his efforts to thwart the drug kingpin, Nick learns The Syndicate is looking to start smuggling something more costly than drugs. Now Nick and Agent Paul Leclerc must find that something. -- ABOUT THE SERIES: NBS agents are trained for one purpose: bringing down The Syndicate, an international crime organization aimed at profiteering by keeping countries at war with one another. When an NBS agent is murdered shortly before her first assignment, five new recruits quickly realize the agency they're working for may not be as trustworthy as it seems, forcing them to make a pact in order to survive. Can the new agents stay alive long enough to uncover the truth behind their fellow recruit's death? Or is finding answers hidden deep within both organizations tempting enough to make one of them break the pact? -- For fans of Robert Ludlum, THE BOURNE IDENTITY, John le Carré, THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, Daniel Silva, THE UNLIKELY SPY and HOMELAND. -- Christian Liberty Marshall is an Austrian-based writer, and musician with degrees from Vanderbilt University, and University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. When not performing as a violist, he can be found teaching at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg, writing educational material for children, or translating German literature. His first serial novel, The Pact, is available in summer 2015.
EPISODE 4 OF 8: In an effort to bring down Rolf Voigt, a transportation tycoon accused of drug trafficking, NBS agent Nicholas Clark travels from Cape Town to Algiers. Before a video of the Algerian prime minister's kidnapping turns up, Voigt is found innocent and his ships freed to leave. Nick's fellow Cape Town officer, Detective Jordan Stone, insists the two South African officers drop their investigation into Voigt. Suspicious of Stone's motives, and determined to stop The Syndicate from smuggling the prime minister out of Africa, Nick heads for Port 1206, the last port of call for one of Voigt's ships. There he discovers fellow NBS agent Paul Leclerc has been kidnapped as well. Can Nick rescue Paul, keeping the pact he made with his NBS recruits to save one another? Or will The Syndicate be the end of him first? Meanwhile Agent Felicity Wilson has managed to infiltrate The Syndicate. But her first assignment with the international crime organization puts her in a bind: recruiting fellow NBS agent, and computer programming genius, Leah Carlsson to join her for a top-secret project. Desperate to uncover the connection she's made between her birth father, and her NBS recruiter, Felicity enlists Leah's help in finding the answers she needs. But can she stay quiet about her secret mission long enough to stay out of harm's way? -- ABOUT THE SERIES: NBS agents are trained for one purpose: bringing down The Syndicate, an international crime organization aimed at profiteering by keeping countries at war with one another. When an NBS agent is murdered shortly before her first assignment, five new recruits quickly realize the agency they're working for may not be as trustworthy as it seems, forcing them to make a pact in order to survive. Can the new agents stay alive long enough to uncover the truth behind their fellow recruit's death? Or is finding answers hidden deep within both organizations tempting enough to make one of them break the pact? -- For fans of Robert Ludlum, THE BOURNE IDENTITY, John le Carré, THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, Daniel Silva, THE UNLIKELY SPY and HOMELAND. Christian Liberty Marshall is an Austrian-based writer, and musician with degrees from Vanderbilt University, and University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. When not performing as a violist, he can be found teaching at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg, writing educational material for children, or translating German literature. His first serial novel, The Pact, is available in summer 2015.
EPISODE 5 OF 8: Overwhelmed by the responsibilities of becoming a father, Jian Zhang knows he must leave behind his role as an NBS agent. To do so, he'll have to put his family's business in the hands of his corrupt cousin so he can bring down The Syndicate on his own. Meanwhile, acting as an undercover NBS agent within The Syndicate, Agent Felicity Wilson has no clue her first assignment for the corrupt organization involves fellow NBS recruit Leah Carlsson. Her next surprise? Learning the project they're working on involves software capable of accessing confidential files that may contain information about her birth father a man she hasn't seen in twenty-two years. After discovering The Syndicate's plans for Project Tessarap are more complex than expected, Felicity decides to take matters into her own hands. Her single-minded approach to getting answers she needs compels Agent Nicholas Clark to leave Cape Town to protect her in New York. -- ABOUT THE SERIES: NBS agents are trained for one purpose: bringing down The Syndicate, an international crime organization aimed at profiteering by keeping countries at war with one another. When an NBS agent is murdered shortly before her first assignment, five new recruits quickly realize the agency they're working for may not be as trustworthy as it seems, forcing them to make a pact in order to survive. Can the new agents stay alive long enough to uncover the truth behind their fellow recruit's death? Or is finding answers hidden deep within both organizations tempting enough to make one of them break the pact? -- For fans of Robert Ludlum, THE BOURNE IDENTITY, John le Carré, THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, Daniel Silva, THE UNLIKELY SPY and HOMELAND. -- Christian Liberty Marshall is an Austrian-based writer, and musician with degrees from Vanderbilt University, and University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. When not performing as a violist, he can be found teaching at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg, writing educational material for children, or translating German literature. His first serial novel, The Pact, is available in summer 2015.
EPISODE 6 OF 8: Discovering NBS Agent Arthur Hall has been keeping an eye on her, Agent Felicity Wilson shows him the picture she found of Agent Sullivan at her parent's wedding. Unable to make sense of his connection to her long-lost father, Felicity continues her undercover work with The Syndicate. Doing so, she learns her new boss, Mr. Lennox, is after something inside TriMark, the New York medical lab where she and her fellow NBS recruits bungled their first assignment for the agency. Alarmed, she relays the news to Agent Hall. The pair soon discover evidence making them suspect the recruits' assignment was compromised by someone within NBS. Meanwhile, desperate to escape her role as an NBS agent, coding genius, and mathematics professor Dr. Leah Carlsson is hard at work trying to cripple The Syndicate in exchange for her freedom. With her plan in place, she learns The Syndicate's Project Tessarap may have greater implications than she anticipated. As each piece of the puzzle falls into place, pointing to the likelihood of a rogue agent within NBS, Agent Hall must rally the new agents for what may be their third and final assignment ... -- ABOUT THE SERIES: NBS agents are trained for one purpose: bringing down The Syndicate, an international crime organization aimed at profiteering by keeping countries at war with one another. When an NBS agent is murdered shortly before her first assignment, five new recruits quickly realize the agency they're working for may not be as trustworthy as it seems, forcing them to make a pact in order to survive. Can the new agents stay alive long enough to uncover the truth behind their fellow recruit's death? Or is finding answers hidden deep within both organizations tempting enough to make one of them break the pact? -- For fans of Robert Ludlum, THE BOURNE IDENTITY, John le Carré, THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, Daniel Silva, THE UNLIKELY SPY and HOMELAND. -- Christian Liberty Marshall is an Austrian-based writer, and musician with degrees from Vanderbilt University, and University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. When not performing as a violist, he can be found teaching at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg, writing educational material for children, or translating German literature. His first serial novel, The Pact, is available in summer 2015.
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EPISODE 2 OF 8: Shaken by the death of their fellow agent, the five remaining NBS recruits must work together to stop The Syndicate from stealing smallpox samples from TriMark, a medical lab in upstate New York. Their assignment goes according to plan until Agent Felicity Wilson is knocked unconscious after extracting the samples. With Felicity left empty-handed, and NBS agents believing The Syndicate is responsible for stealing the samples out from under them, the recruits return to their homes, unaware of the deception surrounding their bungled first assignment. For each of the agents, life will never be the same as they learn of their proximity to The Syndicate. This is especially true for Agent Felicity Wilson, who will uncover a startling revelation about her past ... -- ABOUT THE SERIES: NBS agents are trained for one purpose: bringing down The Syndicate, an international crime organization aimed at profiteering by keeping countries at war with one another. When an NBS agent is murdered shortly before her first assignment, five new recruits quickly realize the agency they're working for may not be as trustworthy as it seems, forcing them to make a pact in order to survive. Can the new agents stay alive long enough to uncover the truth behind their fellow recruit's death? Or is finding answers hidden deep within both organizations tempting enough to make one of them break the pact? -- For fans of Robert Ludlum, THE BOURNE IDENTITY, John le Carré, THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, Daniel Silva, THE UNLIKELY SPY and HOMELAND. -- Christian Liberty Marshall is an Austrian-based writer, and musician with degrees from Vanderbilt University, and University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. When not performing as a violist, he can be found teaching at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg, writing educational material for children, or translating German literature. His first serial novel, The Pact, is available in summer 2015.
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EPISODE 3 OF 8: Five young agents recruited by NBS, an internationally supported secret organization, return home after having failed their first assignment: preventing The Syndicate from stealing smallpox samples to make biological weapons to sell for profit. Agent Felicity Wilson travels home, intent on using her stepfather's association with The Syndicate as a way to infiltrate the corrupt organization. Once there, she unexpectedly discovers a photo of her birth father a man she's never met only to recognize the person standing next to him in the photo as her NBS recruiter, Agent Sullivan. Will uncovering Agent Sullivan's past give Felicity answers about her family she's been looking for? Meanwhile, Cape Town detective and fellow NBS Agent Nicholas Clark is determined to stop transport tycoon Rolf Voigt from getting away with cocaine smuggling. In his efforts to thwart the drug kingpin, Nick learns The Syndicate is looking to start smuggling something more costly than drugs. Now Nick and Agent Paul Leclerc must find that something. -- ABOUT THE SERIES: NBS agents are trained for one purpose: bringing down The Syndicate, an international crime organization aimed at profiteering by keeping countries at war with one another. When an NBS agent is murdered shortly before her first assignment, five new recruits quickly realize the agency they're working for may not be as trustworthy as it seems, forcing them to make a pact in order to survive. Can the new agents stay alive long enough to uncover the truth behind their fellow recruit's death? Or is finding answers hidden deep within both organizations tempting enough to make one of them break the pact? -- For fans of Robert Ludlum, THE BOURNE IDENTITY, John le Carré, THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, Daniel Silva, THE UNLIKELY SPY and HOMELAND. -- Christian Liberty Marshall is an Austrian-based writer, and musician with degrees from Vanderbilt University, and University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. When not performing as a violist, he can be found teaching at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg, writing educational material for children, or translating German literature. His first serial novel, The Pact, is available in summer 2015.
EPISODE 4 OF 8: In an effort to bring down Rolf Voigt, a transportation tycoon accused of drug trafficking, NBS agent Nicholas Clark travels from Cape Town to Algiers. Before a video of the Algerian prime minister's kidnapping turns up, Voigt is found innocent and his ships freed to leave. Nick's fellow Cape Town officer, Detective Jordan Stone, insists the two South African officers drop their investigation into Voigt. Suspicious of Stone's motives, and determined to stop The Syndicate from smuggling the prime minister out of Africa, Nick heads for Port 1206, the last port of call for one of Voigt's ships. There he discovers fellow NBS agent Paul Leclerc has been kidnapped as well. Can Nick rescue Paul, keeping the pact he made with his NBS recruits to save one another? Or will The Syndicate be the end of him first? Meanwhile Agent Felicity Wilson has managed to infiltrate The Syndicate. But her first assignment with the international crime organization puts her in a bind: recruiting fellow NBS agent, and computer programming genius, Leah Carlsson to join her for a top-secret project. Desperate to uncover the connection she's made between her birth father, and her NBS recruiter, Felicity enlists Leah's help in finding the answers she needs. But can she stay quiet about her secret mission long enough to stay out of harm's way? -- ABOUT THE SERIES: NBS agents are trained for one purpose: bringing down The Syndicate, an international crime organization aimed at profiteering by keeping countries at war with one another. When an NBS agent is murdered shortly before her first assignment, five new recruits quickly realize the agency they're working for may not be as trustworthy as it seems, forcing them to make a pact in order to survive. Can the new agents stay alive long enough to uncover the truth behind their fellow recruit's death? Or is finding answers hidden deep within both organizations tempting enough to make one of them break the pact? -- For fans of Robert Ludlum, THE BOURNE IDENTITY, John le Carré, THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, Daniel Silva, THE UNLIKELY SPY and HOMELAND. Christian Liberty Marshall is an Austrian-based writer, and musician with degrees from Vanderbilt University, and University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. When not performing as a violist, he can be found teaching at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg, writing educational material for children, or translating German literature. His first serial novel, The Pact, is available in summer 2015.
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