Following their last mission to Afghanistan, Olivia and Keith have both been plagued with nightmares about losing one of their military brothers. Despite having difficulty adapting to normal life, Olivia has re-established her relationship with Patricia, her long-term partner, and has become a detective within the New York police department; however, Keith becomes a teacher hoping to steer young teens on the right path, but his demons take a toll on him, and he finds the cure to his nightmares.
An ATF special unit led by Victor Hernandez, whose family he had long ignored after disapproving of his daughter’s life choices, is sent to New York to apprehend an elusive and vicious criminal, only known as “Sombra.” While trying to bring down Sombra, Victor longs for a reconciliation with his daughter Olivia.
As Olivia investigates a string of murders of known criminals, she learns Keith has secretly taken justice into his hands, and she confronts him. During the confrontation, Keith asks Olivia to help him mete out rough justice, but as a sworn officer, Olivia refuses. However, when Patricia gets attacked by one of Sombra’s men, Olivia joins Keith in a vigilante quest for Patricia’s attacker.
During the final showdown, Olivia must choose between reclaiming her family’s future or rectifying a past mistake.
Targeted Age Group:: 16-55
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The inspiration to write the story came from my love of watching action/thriller films. I wrote my book in a way that has the reader feeling as if they are watching a movie.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I created the characters based on the characteristics of actors who I foresee would play the roles. As for the family relationship, I loosely based it on my family experiences.
Four years ago in Afghanistan, the loud sound of gunfire echoed throughout the desert air. Dirt particles flew up with
every bullet that hit on the ground.
In her early 30s, Olivia, dressed in the typical marine uniform, hid within a trench—firing her M-16 at several unseen foes. Dirt and sweat covered her face.
She stopped firing for a moment to reposition her helmet upwards, away from her eyes. She looked over her shoulder to see her military brothers firing their M-16 weapons
every which way.
Her military brothers were Keith Johnson, a well-built
black man in his 30s, and Eddie, the youngest of the squad at twenty years of age. Keith ran out of ammunition, leaned back into the trench, and reloaded his M-16.
“Where are they?!”
“They’re everywhere!” Keith turned back into position.
He aimed and fired his machine gun out of the foxhole.
Olivia looked and caught the uncertainty on Eddie’s face as he squatted against the wall—waiting. “Are you okay, Eddie?”
Eddie glared at Olivia. He nodded his head, cocked his weapon, and spun away—firing his gun out onto the desert landscape.
Olivia peeked out of the trench to get a handle on their targets—she saw several men rushing in the distance, hiding behind several dilapidated vehicles. A man, with a rocket-propelled grenade launcher over his shoulder, jumped out from a burned-up car. Olivia’s eyes widen in fear just as the
rocket launcher exploded in smoke—ejecting a rocket into
Olivia took shelter back in the trench and wailed, “Incoming!”
Keith and Eddie stopped firing and took cover as the rocket’s sound whizzed closer. The missile crashed near the trench, creating a tremendous explosion. Dirt and debris flew everywhere.
“Any luck with that transmitter, Keith?”
Keith glanced at the radio and then looked at Olivia.
“No signal! Just dead fucking air!”
Another rocket whizzed closer. Olivia looked up at the
Eddie took a deep breath and tightened his grip on his weapon for a moment. Feeling powerless, he jumped out of
“Eddie, no!” Olivia yelled.
This final rocket struck just a few feet outside of the
trench—creating another massive explosion.
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