Following the recruitment of a clandestine agent from the island of Bali employed as the radio operator on a cargo ship chartered to North Korea, Roy befriends Sasha Popov, a Russian shipping executive, bon vivant, and jazz pianist. Popov is in fact a senior KGB officer whom Roy skillfully manipulates and recruits, driving him to reveal secret information about KGB covert operations.
As dots are connected, the confluence of intelligence provided by the Balinese agent and the Russian “mole” leads to the discovery of a potentially deadly international conspiracy—and leaves Roy Mancini to prevent a terrorist plot of catastrophic proportions.
Stanton Swafford was born in Los Angeles and grew up along the beaches of Southern California. He attended the University of Colorado and the University of the Philippines, where he majored in economics and Asian Studies. He speaks Indonesian, Tagalog, and Mandarin Chinese.
Stanton served aboard submarines in the United States Navy during the Cold War era, one of which was the USS Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear submarine. During his period living, working, and playing in Southeast Asia—in the Philippines, Singapore, Malacca, Malaysia, and Bali, Indonesia—he operated undercover as an intelligence officer, ran a timber export company, and performed throughout the region as a jazz musician. His debut novel, China Sea, portrays a plot and settings derived from that experience.
Stanton is an avid tennis player and sailor, as well as a self-taught musician who continues to play piano and lead his jazz band, the Blue Notes. He lives in Southern California with his wife and son, Louie.
FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR ROBERT STANEK. Scott Madison Evers is the son-in-law of the Chairman of the National Security Council. His wife is pregnant with their first child. While in Munich conducting a rendition of a known terrorist, Scott's cover is blown. Before Scott can get away, his entire operations team is wiped out, and he alone escapes into the night.
When he returns to the US, he finds himself a wanted man, and must go on the run from the agency that is trying to convict him of high treason. Now Scott conducts secret surveillance of those he thinks can give him a way out while slowly getting drawn into a web of deceit. Ruthlessly, the other side draws his wife and unborn child into the struggle. Scott's only hope to save them and himself is to do the unthinkable, and that is what he sets out to do.
Scott Evers Thrillers:
1. The Pieces of the Puzzle
2. Devil's Due
3. Strike Force
"Astonishingly masterful . . . riveting." —Valerie Plame, New York Times bestselling author of Fair Game
Thomas Kell thought he was done with spying. A former MI6 officer, he devoted his life to the Service, but it has left him with nothing but grief and a simmering anger against the Kremlin.
Then Kell is offered an unexpected chance at revenge. Taking the law into his own hands, he embarks on a mission to recruit a top Russian spy who is in possession of a terrifying secret. As Kell tracks his man from Moscow to London, he finds himself in a high stakes game of cat and mouse in which it becomes increasingly difficult to know who is playing whom.
As the mission reaches boiling point, the threat of a catastrophic terrorist attack looms over Britain. Kell is faced with an impossible choice. Loyalty to MI6—or to his own conscience?