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  • Donald J. Bingle, Writer on Demand TM

Cover Reveals!

A few years back I wrote a spy thriller called Net Impact. The book was published by Alliteration Ink in both print and ebook formats and got good reviews (4.8 stars on Amazon). I even put out an audio version.

But I got busy with other projects, including short stories and some other books (including a ghostwriting project) and didn't immediately pursue turning Net Impact into a series. That was a shame, since the set-up for Net Impact has always had a lot of promise. You see, Dick Thornby is not Hollywood's idea of a spy. In his rough and tumble job there are no tailored Italian suits, no bimbos eager to please, and no massive underground fortresses built by evil overlords seeking world domination - just an endless series of sinister threats to the safety and security of the billions of mundane citizens of the planet. Sure, Dick's tough and he knows a few tricks to help him get out of a tight spot, even if his boss accuses him of over-reliance on explosives. But he's also got a mortgage, a wife upset by his frequent absences on "business" trips, and an increasingly alienated teen-age son who spends way too much time playing in gaming worlds on the computer.

Recently, I finally got around to writing my second Dick Thornby adventure, Wet Work. I'll be doing a Kickstarter for it next month and it will be released to the general public in June. I also got the rights back to Net Impact and will be re-releasing it at the same time with a spiffy new cover that ties the two books together. Heck, I even had a cover made up for Flash Drive, the third Dick Thornby thriller, since I've already started plotting and researching it.

I think the covers look great. Here's the pitch for the books:

Net Impact: When a young computer expert back at the Philadelphia headquarters for The Subsidiary, an international espionage agency created in the aftermath of 9/11, discovers that bad guys are involved in a vast conspiracy, Dick is forced to partner with the espionage neophyte to battle evil on multiple fronts, leading to a final confrontation that incorporates real-world conspiracy theories and cutting-edge technology. In the end, Dick can save his partner, save his marriage, save his son, or save the world, but he can't do it all.

Wet Work: After taking personal revenge on the criminal behind both his son’s injuries and the continued disintegration of his marriage, Dick Thornby is teamed with Acacia (“Ace”) Zyreb, a young, female agent from the East European office of the Subsidiary, to deal with the mystery behind coordinated hacking of the braking systems of several car models. Doing his best to maintain his vows to his wife, Dick struggles to deal with the inexperience and provocative attitude of Ace on her first non-European mission. Their somewhat combative investigation takes a left turn by uncovering a much more sinister threat to the world and to Dick's family. He's willing to risk his job, his partner, and his life to eliminate the threat, but the clock is ticking.

Flash Drive: When a mysterious flash is detected by satellite, Dick is sent to investigate. Just getting to the site of the flash is difficult enough. Infiltrating the location and taking out the bad guys is a one-way ticket to hell.

Watch this space for more about the Kickstarter and release of Wet Work.

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