Friday, August 21, 2015

S.D. Skye's Hell or High Water 365-Day Blogathon Day 69 -- Fiction Friday

Happy Fiction Friday! 


It is truly happy for me because the rebranding is DONE and my last three files were JUST accepted by IngramSpark...on the second (not 17th try as per my usual). I owe all credit to getting my copy of InDesign and learning to use templates.

Anyway, I've decided on Fridays when I don't have an author to highlight on my blog that I'm going to highlight one of the FREE espionage spy-related reads in the Kindle FREE Top 100. 

I will be honest and tell you I read A LOT. Almost every night I'm reading something. But I don't read a lot of spy fiction. Having worked in that world, it's too hard to maintain my interest when the story goes too far off the reservation from what I know to be real and true. This is not to say they are bad stories or that they are poorly written or that they may not be worth YOUR time. It's just that I like my spy stories on the rails.

Over the next few days, I've got lots of work to do in this arena. I'm putting together a PowerPoint presentation for a conference I'm speaking at on this very topic -- writing intelligently about law enforcement, intelligence, military, etc. How not to go off the rails. And I'm going to use the TV shows and movies that make/made my eyes roll.

But I'm on a quest to find books that DO NOT make my eyes roll. And I hope this is one of them.

Get it today for FREE on Amazon. 

 First of all -- that's the real CIA seal. The author could get in trouble for that, but I don't suspect the agency has people scouting book covers for their seal. Also, the author has a military background...so that made it a definite pick for me. I worked in a Joint Miilitary environment for almost five years -- military of all ranks and branches--so I have enough background to know what's what.

Apart from that it has a SUPER interesting premise: 

Months after 9/11, a covert arm of the CIA summons young Lieutenant Eric Ritter to Pakistan. Al Qaeda holds an American operative, and Ritter’s history with the kidnapper is key to rescuing the operative before it’s too late. 

While the CIA need Ritter’s help, they consider him an expendable asset and throw him into a battle he isn’t ready for. Deep inside a hostile city, Ritter will learn what it takes to fight the cloak and dagger war against a merciless enemy, or die trying.

http://www.amazon.com/Caliban-Program-Eric-Ritter-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00HUUBZXE/ref=zg_bs_157322011_f_12

The premise itself is within a realm of possibility on one hand--kidnapped American. Yes. Believable. It's happened. Expendable asset vs Al Qaeda in Pakistan? Hmmm...a little bit of stretch but I'm willing to go with it and give it a shot.

I'll let you know how it goes.

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