Whew! The third novel in the Challenged World series – titled “Gather The Seekers” – has been sent to my editor. The final draft process included printing it out, reading it aloud, and making changes – primarily in the dialogue (reading it aloud is a big help in that regard).
The intrepid trio of Cole, Nadine, and Francois are joined by others with the same “radar” to hone in on evil activities – all wrapped around a tale of ISIS waging jihad in America.
Action-packed, the tale presents Jude Gill, a spiritual warrior from San Francisco with tats, spiked hair, and an attitude. She is joined by Luke Sikes from Virginia, another spiritual warrior. Luke is a former NFL linebacker and brings a spiritual ferocity to the tale. These two – Jude and Luke – join our Francois the French priest as a potent trio of seekers.
Every spiritual warrior needs secular help. Francois is again aided by Nadine and Cole, while Jude is assisted by Jean Murphy – a retired cop. Jean holds little truck with malfeasance, having been hardened by the mean streets of Oakland. Luke’s aide-de-camp is Nick Capellas, a Department of Homeland Security agent. Nick is young, handsome (“eye candy” according to Nadine), and unsure at best of the eclectic team he has been pulled into.
Jihad in America. A plot hatched at the headquarters of ISIS in Raqqa, Syria and aided by dark forces. The terror begins and Cole, Nadine, Francois, Jude, Jean, Luke, and Nick must work together to stop the ongoing killing. Toss in Zuhdi Kouri, the Homeland Security anti-terror leader. Zuhdi is a decorated Army Ranger, Nebraska Cornhusker, and Muslim. He hates ISIS with a white-hot passion. The tale also sees the return of Check, the hard-bitten CIA agent ensconced in Turkey on the Syrian border. Check teams with Nadine team to open a can on the www.essay-it.com ISIS leaders in Raqqa.
Gather The Seekers is a tale you won’t want to put down. Expect to see it in late February, early March.
All the best, Vince