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Requiem for the Dead

Adult; Mystery/Thriller; (Create)

A rogue ex-US military general and his army of ex-Special Forces operators  kidnap four dependent children, of four highly placed Army Generals in the USAEUCOM Command, in Germany. The lives of the four children hang in the balance as it forces the Generals to change and implement the Army’s first strike capabilities; a plan that calls for the nuclear bombing of the North Korean Capital. US Army CID Special Agent Jacqueline (Belle) Sinclair and Special Agent for the DIA Tom Price team up in their efforts to stop them before their plot succeeds.

Reviews
Bell G. Wright - An electrifying military thriller reminiscent of Mark Greaney.

When a suspected CIA operative is captured by the North Korean government, the man's father, an American General, repeatedly asks the White House to intervene. The White House does nothing, and the alleged spy endures daily torture for three years before dying in captivity. After his battered body is returned to Texas, General Scott vows that someone will pay for his son's death.  

Scott isn't just any officer. He's a widely respected Brigadier General and combat veteran. After his retirement, several former special forces operators - each of whom owe their lives directly or indirectly to him - are enlisted to help him exact revenge.

Their plan? Kidnap the children of several high-ranking generals in the United States European Command. In doing so, they aim to force the Army's brain trust to implement a first-strike plan against North Korea without requiring permission of the President of the United States. If they succeed, and China suspects that the U.S. is behind the attack, they may be drawn in, sparking a global conflict.

Can World War III be averted? Enter Jacqueline Belle Sinclair, the top agent in the Army's Criminal Investigation Command. Sinclair comes from an exceptionally long line of military leaders tracing back to the 1300s, and she isn't about to let her father - a Colonel - down this time.

Author Victor M Alvarez writes like the veteran that he is, describing the inner workings of military life in vivid detail. Alvarez attended Ranger and Airborne schools, the US Army Jungle Warfare School en route to two ground combat tours during the Vietnam War, before becoming a US Army policeman and criminal investigator (CID Agent).

While Alvarez' prose may not have the polish of Mark Greaney or Brad Thor, the writing is authentic, and the emotional heft of a grieving father is undeniably raw. Most importantly, the stakes could not be higher. For readers that like revenge fantasies, we can't think of one more powerful than hijacking America's nuclear

Review by Rox Burkey

Author Alvarez uses his knowledge and experience with US Army Criminal Investigations Division (CID) to craft this Criminal Thriller that will chill your very soul. The opening of this thriller recounts an event that ended the life of the son of a US General.

For three years General Scott seeks support from the White House to gain the release of his son. The North Koreans were trying to verify that Jason Randolph Scott was in reality a CIA operative instead of a US reportor through every means at their disposal. Jason finally secumbs to the beatings, torture, and horrific cruelty. His body is returned during an exchange with the US. The lack of support by the President to gain the release of the General’s son for the three years he was in captivity, results in the General devising a plan to extract revenge after his retirement using his former special forces operatives to launch a North Korean strike without standard permission.  

In Germany, when Bill Ackers is discovered dead and his girlfriend, Helen Chapman, kidnapped at one scene, and then Dennis Jackson found dead at the kidnapping scene of Lisa Shaffer, the German police and US military want answers. The common thread between these four, and others discovered during the investigation, are their high-ranking military parents. Finding the reasons behind all the crimes was going to take some talented resources.

No Nonsense CID, Special Agent Jacqueline Sinclair, ‘Belle’ as called by her father, Colonel Sinclair the Provost Marshal (PM), comes from a family of military leaders going back to the 1300s. Her background and expertise make her the lead investigator with support from Agent Tom Price. Their partnership for solving this case is not one Belle would have selected if she had been given the choice. This is eloquently clarified early on when he comes to her office, even with the underlying attraction and fear of trust between them.

“…His mind wandered for a second as he spied food on her desk. His eyes shifted to the half-eaten quiche. “Are you going to eat the rest of that?” he asked.

“No, but I guess you can,” she said with a grin.

“You bet I would. Thanks, I haven’t eaten a bite in several hours.”

“So, help me out here,” she asked. “How long you’ve been with Military Intelligence?”

In between bites, he said, “I’m not with MI.”

She pondered this for only a moment. “Oh, so, who are you associated with?”

“DIA.”

“The Defense Intelligence Agency?”

He nodded. “Guilty as charged.”

She paused and groaned. “Shit, a civilian?”

Agent Tom Price snapping the fingers of this left hand grinned and said, “Right again.”

She took this information with her usual equanimity…”

Together, each with their own reason, they are committed to uncovering the truth behind this evil terrorist plot before global war erupts. Your reading frenzy begins on page 1 and continues to the end. Don’t miss the chance to get this in March of 2020. Victor M Alvarez brings a similar passion to his thoroughly researched story as authors like Vince Flynn, Lee Child or Brad Thor bring to their readers.

News
11/07/2019
Released date: March 12, 2020

Publisher: Black Writing.Pre-Released date: TBD

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