Pawns in the Dark
Tyler Morgan, author
What do you get when you cross the world's most notorious gangster-turned-music-mogul, two assassins, a reclusive billionaire who hasn't been seen publicly in years, a few less-than-lily-white Senators, a crooked policeman, a rising music star, and finally, an ex-FBI agent that is hell-bent on finding his wife's killer? You get an action-packed adventure, in which each of the participants painfully learns the truth — that they are mere pawns in someone else’s game, that their destinies are inextricably tied to a much larger conspiracy, and that they are all totally in the dark as to the power struggle that is about to ensue. Project Guardian, once a highly polarizing national security measure, is now in the last phase of development. It is awaiting final regulatory approval, which seems all but certain after the latest round of terrorist attacks. The delicate balance between personal freedoms and national security after the latest attacks seems to have tipped public opinion wildly in favor of national security. This has unleashed a fury of criticism and fear from many factions within the U.S., ranging from civil liberties advocates to underground criminal syndicates operating domestically. The Presidential election cycle is just getting into full swing, as the front-runners for what is still the most powerful position in the world are starting to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. The political landscape seems to be in flux as the U.S. tries to cope with an ever-changing geopolitical landscape and constantly emerging security threats. It is a time of political unrest, overcrowding, resource scarcity, and unprecedented high unemployment. Crime grips the country like never before. After the assassination of a very powerful Senator and presidential front-runner, the FBI is left scrambling to figure out who perpetrated such a heinous crime against the homeland. As one of the pawns in this dark game, FBI Special Agent Ryan Morgan is severely injured trying to protect his beloved wife, who is killed in a seemingly botched home-invasion robbery. Barely holding it together, Ryan leaves the Bureau to focus his efforts doggedly on his new and singular purpose in life: to pursue and bring to justice those responsible for his wife’s murder. During the course of his investigation, Ryan soon finds that the murder of his wife is part of a much larger conspiracy — one that may prove much too large for him to survive.