I just finished reading Randall Krzak’s Dangerous Alliance. According to Randall’s website, it’s been shortlisted for the Chanticleer International Book Award. So good news for Randall. This book, like its predecessor The Kurdish Connection is a thriller set in the context of current turbulent situations in our world. The Kurdish Connection dealt with Kurdish freedom fighters, a stolen soviet era atomic weapon, an attack on the UN headquarters, and a US/British team of undercover terrorism fighters code named Bedlam.
In Dangerous Alliance. we have Somali pirates hijacking oil tankers, El Shabaab terrorists attacking various targets, a North Korean despot who’ll do anything to secure supplies of oil, and just for good measure, a kidnapped prince. Bedlam once again comes riding to the rescue.
Book three in the series is in the works.
The novels are not literary masterpieces and the characters may at times lack nuance, but the stories are fast paced with intricate plots. If international thrillers are your thing, they should be worth a look. Chanticleer thinks so.
I wish I could maintain the dedication Randall’s shown. After publishing A Body in the Sacristy and Tilting at Windmills, the first two novels in my Barrettsport Mysteries series, I’ve become distracted. I’ve been spending time working with my Evergreen Writers Group colleagues on a third anthology of short stories to go with Out of the Mist and Off Highway, writing short stories to submit to various publications, and struggling with a new novel rather than focusing on book three in the Barrettsport series.
My new writing obsession, a novel tentatively titled The Souring Seas, follows the exploits of graduate students in oceanography as they study the effects of increasing ocean acidity as fossil fuel generated climate change continues its inexorable march toward ecological Armageddon. I’m finding this book more difficult to write than my mysteries.
Here is a tentative cover for this work in progress. The scientifically inclined might want to consider the graph on the cover. It illustrates the imagined discontinuity in the correlation between global temperatures and oceanic carbon dioxide that drives the action in my story.