Introducing book One in the Espionage Thriller series CONTRARY WARRIORS: Opposite Sides of the Coin
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Book One: Opposite Sides of the Coin
It’s 2004 and the western world is desperate for real evidence of Iran’s nuclear intentions. With the accuracy of intelligence gathering under deep scrutiny, both the CIA and MI6 are ordered to deliver indisputable evidence and call on their joint taskforce, the Special Operations Executive. Tori Braithwaite, the SOE Commander, balks at the preposterous plan the CIA has dropped in her lap, although sending a team to Iran as First Nations cultural ambassadors is tempting! First task, evaluate the psychological readiness of the proposed team leader, Cleo Deseronto, a retired RCAF pilot, but before she is agrees to lead the SOE’s band of Mohawk’s, Braithwaite will put her to the test.
When Cleo lands at London’s Heathrow, she’s looking forward to delivering a lecture and catching-up with old friends, not being detained and accused of trafficking! Cooling her heals in a holding room, she realizes there’s more at stake, but when she learns that her estranged cousin and US Marine, Bo Commanda has joined the team, old tensions ignite. Uneasily pitted together, Deseronto and Commanda must quell the demons of their joint upbringing, to orchestrate a profile-raising around-the-world air tour as cover for their surveillance mission. Now, they will race a vintage airplane from the heart of Indian country, over the North Pole and straight on to Tehran. The simple and well planned operation should be a breeze, if Cleo wasn’t falling for the enigmatic SOE Commander, and Bo wasn’t doing everything in her power to undermine Cleo’s confidence and question Braithwaite’s intentions.
This modern spin on American OSS and Commonwealth SOE operations, sets three women warriors on a fateful collision course with an old-time CIA handler, the changing dynamics of today’s cultural norms, and the politics of being women in the good old game called Intelligence! The guiding principles that distinguish the USA, the United Kingdom, and Canada, are thoughtfully inter-woven, introducing the First Nations, the question of loyalty, and issues such as Gays in the military. Warning: This fast paced romp through the secret world of western spy craft, comes with high-flying adventures, mysterious players, secret locations, and the rallying cry…“Leave no man, or woman, behind!”