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An Aleksandr Talanov
FROM THE COVER:
Every spy has a beginning, and for Colonel
Aleksandr Talanov of the KGB, who became America's legendary deep-cover spy,
November Echo, that moment occurs one summery night in
the Costa del Sol, at the height of Cold War tensions between the
Americans and Soviets.
As a signatory to the Biological
Weapons Treaty of 1972, the United States had already destroyed its
stockpiles of weaponized pathogens. The Soviets, however, responded
differently to the signing of that treaty. They created a network of
eighteen top-secret production facilities spread across Russia. Called
Biopreparat, it was the largest biological weapons initiative in the
history of mankind. And the West had no idea of its existence.
So when a scientist from the Sverdlovsk weaponized anthrax facility
decides to defect, Talanov has the assigned task of bringing him back
before he can share
Russia's horrific secret with the world.
Talanov tracks down the scientist and his
family in Spain. But the scientist and his family are murdered before
transport them to a waiting Russian freighter.
The only survivor is the scientist's teenage daughter -- Noya --
short for Noyabŕ -- "November,"
in Russian -- and what happens in a single impulsive moment changes the
course of Talanov's life by placing him
in a desperate race to save Noya from the deadliest and most vicious
adversary he will ever encounter.
Comfort Publishing, 2012
Colonel Aleksandr Talanov --
the “ice man” -- is married to a woman he wishes he could love. But he
can’t, and it's an ugly consequence of his training with the KGB. Even
so, no one should have to experience what Talanov experiences:
murder of his wife in front of his eyes.
Wracked with guilt and suspected of plotting her death, Talanov spirals
downward on a path of self-destruction. He
should have been killed, not her. Hewas the one whose violent past
would not leave them alone. Months tick by and Talanov hits rock
bottom on the mean streets of Los Angeles, where he meets a hooker named
Larisa, who drugs and robs him.
But in the seedy world of prostitution and human trafficking ruled by
the Russian mafia, this hooker made the big mistake of stealing the ice
man’s wallet. In it was Talanov’s sole possession of value: his wedding
photo. Talanov tracks Larisa down to get that photo because it reminds
him of everything that should have been but never was, and never would
be because an assassin’s bullet had
mistakenly killed his wife.
Or was it a mistake?
The answer lies in Greco’s Game, a chess
match played in 1619 that is famous for its Queen sacrifice and
checkmate in only eight moves. In an unusual alliance, Talanov and
Larisa team up to begin unraveling the mystery of what Talanov’s old KGB
chess instructor regarded as the most brilliant example of how to trap
and kill an opponent.
The question is:
who was the target?
PRAISE FOR GRECO'S GAME
• "Don't start this book at an airport. You'll miss
(Samela Harris, News Ltd)
• "Talanov . . . dark sexy hero for the
new millennium." (National Bestselling
author, Jordan Dane)
• "Emotional . . . gritty . . .
a masterstroke!" (film and book critic,
• "A mind-blowing ride! Gripping prose
that grabs you and never lets go.
James Houston Turner is a master."
(Norm Goldman, BookPleasures)
• "The deadliest chessgame ever played."
Charles Faddis, former CIA counter-
terrorism Department Chief and
• "A masterful maze of danger and
deceit." Abigail Ortlieb, RT (Romantic
Times) book reviews
FROM THE BACK COVER:
Department Thirteen -- the assassination and sabotage unit of the KGB --
never officially existed. But retired KGB colonel Aleksandr Talanov
knows that it did, and it’s but one of the many secrets he’s worked hard
Now living in Australia, Talanov and dozens of dinner guests are
suddenly the target of assassins. Talanov and his wife are mistakenly
spared, but soon find themselves running for their lives, hunted by the
killers, blamed by the police, increasingly pivotal to an invisible
network of death about which they know nothing.
But someone thinks they know.
For in 1983, a second Department Thirteen was created, and Talanov
discovers they have but one purpose: to
kill him, whatever the cost.
PRAISE FOR DEPARTMENT THIRTEEN:
• "Best Thriller
of 2011" (USA Book
• Gold Medal
2012 Independent Publisher "IPPY"
• Gold medal (action/adventure),
2012 Indie Book
Awards • "Ludlumesque"
The Dallas Morning News) • "Unputdownable"
• "Masterful" (Jessica Chapnik, Who
ripping good thriller" (Samela Harris,
LOGLINE: It's antagonism versus
attraction as a headstrong, rookie profiler with the CIA competes with a
charming Texas journalist to identify and stop a notorious terrorist.
FROM THE BACK COVER:
Abu Nazer is the world's most elusive terrorist. His
identity is unknown, his list of crimes -- unimaginable. But
Abu Nazer knows the CIA is closing in. Which is why he must
He devises a scheme involving an ancient stone tablet
discovered in the Sinai Peninsula in 1919. The tablet makes
a stunning declaration about Jerusalem that has the CIA
running scared. They fear he will use it to ignite
Armageddon. And Abu Nazer has been using that fear against
them because someone at the Agency has been leaking him
Analyst Zoe Gustaves stumbles onto the leak and begins
digging for answers. But all she finds are more questions.
Seeking answers can be deadly when everyone has secrets.
PRAISE FOR THE IDENTITY
• Winner of four finalist awards: The
National Best Books
Awards, The Eric
Hoffer Award, The Indie
Excellence Book Awards.
love a great villain. Great villains
demand great heroes and
Factor has both (Adoni
Abu Fayed, Season 6 of
television series, 24)
• Turner is King of the Cliffhanger
(Glenda Shaw, two-time Emmy Award
• One of those searing, cliffhanger books
that simply defy you to
put the thing
down (Samela Harris, The
• One killer of a thriller...a Jason-Bourne-
mystery inside a puzzle (LA's the
• Remiscent of The DaVinci Code,
does a fantastic job of
interest captive until
you just can't take
it anymore (Marian Jeffords,
• Layered identities are one of the many
surprises that await
readers in this
Valley Scene Magazine)
• Turner is a master at tension and
suspense. Dan Brown,
can now add
James Houston Turner to that
list (Daniel Cann,