Shadow Target – Book Excerpt!

Below is an excerpt from the thriller Shadow Target by David Ricciardi!

About the book:
SHADOW TARGET (Berkley Hardcover; June 2021), finds Jake Keller on a list of CIA agents that have been picked off. Jake doesn’t know who is trying to kill him and he doesn’t know why. Still, it’s a threat he can’t ignore.

When his small plane crashes in the Alps, Jake is the only survivor. A rescue helicopter soon arrives, but the men inside are not there to save anyone. They are determined to complete the murderous job they started.

Jake escapes from the mountainside deathtrap, but it won’t be the only attempt on his life. If he’s to have any chance at surviving, he’ll have to find out who’s behind the killings. But the circle of people Jake can trust is distressingly small as he suspects that someone inside the Agency is feeding his every move to the very people who are trying to end his life.

Jake’s quest takes him to the candle-lit cathedrals of Paris and the rain-slicked streets of London. He makes contact with old friends and new enemies along the way–but his true nemesis may be closer than he imagines.

Excerpt:

JAKE CLIPPED HIS access badge onto his jacket and walked across the CIA seal into the original headquarters building. The white marble lobby was dramatic, meant to inspire confidence and reflect enlightenment. Jake passed the Memorial Wall, where stars had been carved into the stone for the CIA employees who’d lost their lives in service to the country. In front of the wall was the Book of Honor. It held the names of the dead and blank lines for those who had lost their lives in times and places that could never be revealed. Many of the men had died in plane crashes. It was a hazard of an occupation that often demanded spur of the-moment access to dangerous places.

A well-known hazard.

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Received in May

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received last month for review and/or giveaways:

DVD / Blu-Ray:
Infinity Train: Book Two DVD
Supernatural The Fifteenth and Final Season Blu-Ray
Primal – The Complete First Season Blu-Ray
Lara Croft Tomb Raider 2-Movie Collection – 4K Blu-Ray

Books Fluent:
Infinite Retribution by Robert Stadnik

Del Rey:
Rabbits by Terry Miles
The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig

Disney Hyperion / Freeform Books:
Like Other Girls by Britta Lundin
Curse of the Specter Queen by Jenny Elder Moke

Macmillan Young Readers / Roaring Brook Press:
The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He

Saga Press:
Among Thieves by M. J. Kuhn

Shadow Mountain:
The Die of Destiny by Frank L. Cole
Legend of the Dragon Slayer: The Origin Story of Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull

Simon Teen:
Of Princes and Promises by Sandhya Menon

Subterranean Press:
The Night and the Music by Lawrence Block

Thomas and Mercer:
Constance by Matthew FitzSimmons

Tor:
The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman

Curse of the Specter Queen – Book Giveaway

Courtesy of Disney Hyperion, I have a copy of Curse of the Specter Queen by Jenny Elder Moke for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends June 11. I’ll draw a name on June 12, and notify winner via email.

ENTER DAILY TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING!

Good luck!

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Willa of Dark Hollow – Book Giveaway

Courtesy of Disney Hyperion, I have a copy of Willa of Dark Hollow by Robert Beatty for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends June 4. I’ll draw a name on June 5, and notify winner via email.

ENTER DAILY TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING!

Good luck!

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Received in March

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received last month for review and/or giveaways:

Amulet:
In the Hall with the Knife: A Clue Mystery, Book One by Diana Peterfreund
In the Study with the Wrench: A Clue Mystery, Book Two by Diana Peterfreund

Atria Books:
Grave Reservations by Cherie Priest

Del Rey:
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra by Sarah Kuhn

Disney Hyperion / Marvel:
10 Truths and a Dare by Ashley Elston
Gamora and Nebula: Sisters in Arms by Mackenzi Lee
Curse of the Specter Queen by Jenny Elder Moke
Aru Shah and the City of Gold (Pandava Series, 4) by Roshani Chokshi
Stuffed: Into Darkness by Liz Braswell

Fandemonium:
STARGATE SG-1 Female of the Species by Geonn Cannon

Harper Teen:
Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

Saga Press:
Among Thieves by M.J. Kuhn

Simon Children’s / Aladdin:
The Revenge of Magic: The Timeless One by James Riley

Simon & Schuster / Adams:
Greek Mythology: The Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes Handbook by Liv Albert

Subterranean Press:
The Physicians of Vilnoc by Lois McMaster Bujold

Titan Books / Titan Comics:
Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda edited by Jesse J Holland
Adler by Lavie Tidhar

Tor / Tor.com:
A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

Tor Teen:
The Stolen Kingdom by Jillian Boehme

Master of the Revels – Book Excerpt!

ABOUT MASTER OF THE REVELS:
This fast-paced sequel to the New York Times bestselling near-future adventure The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. picks up where the original left off, as Tristan Lyons, Mel Stokes, and their fellow outcasts from the Department of Diachronic Operations (D.O.D.O.) fight to stop the powerful Irish witch Gráinne from using time travel to reverse the evolution of all modern technology.

Chief amongst Gráinne’s plots: to encrypt cataclysmic spells into Shakespeare’s “cursed” play, Macbeth. When her fellow rogue agents fall victim to Gráinne’s schemes, Melisande Stokes is forced to send Tristan’s untested, wayward sister Robin back in time to 1606 London, where Edmund Tilney, the king’s Master of Revels, controls all staged performances in London. And now Gráinne controls Tilney.

Historical objects disappear, cities literally rise and fall, and nothing less than the fate of humanity is at stake. As Gráinne sows chaos across time and space, the ragtag team of ex-D.O.D.O. agents must fix the past—in order to save the future.

Master of the Revels by Nicole Galland excerpt posted with permission from the publisher, William Morrow:

FOREWORD
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Handwritten in pencil on scrap paper
(Mel, please scan and destroy hard copy.)

This memo provides foundational data for new recruits, assuming we can score some.

My name is LTC Tristan Lyons, USA (Ret.), and I’m one of several ex-employees of DODO, the Department of Diachronic Operations, a black ops arm of the U.S. government that has been taken over and subverted by an enemy agent.

DODO was formed five years ago with the mission of using time travel (diachronic operations) to benefit the United States. Its staff quickly expanded from only myself (operational command), Dr. Melisande Stokes (historical linguist), Dr. Frank Oda (physicist), and Erzsébet Karpathy (witch) . . . to a sprawling, bureaucracy-sogged government agency.

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