Tramerica tour guide arrested in India for possession of goddess statue

LOS ANGELES — Sunbury Press has released Jack Adler’s The Rage of Kali, his fourth Derry Greene thriller..

About the Book:
Derry Greene is on the road again, investigating the arrest of one of Tramerica’s tour guides in India. He goes to ameliorate the company’s image when the guide is charged with illegal possession of a statuette of the Hindu goddess, Kali, and the death of his Indian girlfriend. In the process, a secret cabal kidnaps Greene as a token American in a lethal plot to destabilize Pakistan. The sister of the murdered girl comes to the rescue. Time becomes of the essence as they try to survive and warn authorities of the dangerous threat to Pakistan.

Excerpt:
rok_fcThe car came to an abrupt halt right behind the two trucks carrying all the men heavily armed with AK-47s and their equipment. Dawn had broken, and I could see that we must be at a clearing on a coast by the Arabian Sea. There didn’t seem to be any village or even a dock. Two boats, no more than 30 feet long, lay tugged onto the small strip of sandy shore to avoid slipping into the sea. They looked like fishing boats with nets on their bows, but I couldn’t be sure. My hands were tied behind my back as I tried to maneuver in the back seat to see more. No one was in sight until one man, standing on the boat closest to the shore, waved at the newcomers.

The scene looked bucolic, but this was misleading. Palm trees swayed a bit inland and the sea air was bracing, but a terrible event was unfolding.

All I could think of was how I could escape. At first I thought I was kidnapped in Mumbai to be held as a hostage for ransom. But then I realized Cranagh and his terrorist crew had other plans for me! At the camp deeper in the forest, where we stayed before the drive here, I had actually been given some martial arts training, target practice at a makeshift shooting range, and instruction in urban and street fighting. Why? Did they really expect me to be a fellow-terrorist?

Never! If that were the case I’d find a way to shoot myself first. There was no way I would fight for them. I had been held captive before, by the Abu Sayyaf group in the Philippines and by the IRA in Ireland. But neither group wanted me to fight with them! I couldn’t believe this whole insane campaign was actually going to happen. But Cranagh and his band of terrorist-cum-Kali followers, including me as a token American, were about to embark on a deadly suicide-certain mission.

Nothing in my background had prepared me for what was transpiring. I’d been in tough scrapes before such as in the Philippines and Ireland but nothing like this. There had to be some way to get loose, but they kept such a tight check on me. Perspiration coated my forehead and back. I had never felt so powerless. I could make a break for it here but I wouldn’t get far. I’d have to find another way. But what?

Now Cranagh and his driver, Mouri-a sour-faced Indian-exited the car. With my hands still tied, Mouri pulled me outside the auto. Cranagh had this look of expectation on his bronzed face. His dark eyes were fixed at some inner vision. In Mumbai he was a successful middle-aged businessman running an art and antiques gallery. Here, he was the leader of a group of fanatical terrorists about to commit a terrible crime.

What was going to happen now? Were we really going to attack Pakistan?

Everything that occurred since I was kidnapped in Mumbai fleeted before me. It was sheer coincidence that I accompanied Sanjay Naxit on his going to a meeting of some secret society of Kali devotees. They called themselves “Friends of Kali.” Little friendship had been shown to me. The Hindu goddess had just meant statuettes of her multi-armed figure-a few real but mostly faked figurines-to me until I was sent by Tramerica, my company, to sort out the problems of one of our tour guides who had been stopped by Indian Customs with false provenance papers on a fraudulent statue which had cocaine traces in the statue’s woodwork. He also had a few other difficulties such as being suspected of serving as a drug courier and causing the death of a young Indian woman over a botched romance. Instead of solving these predicaments, I had unintentionally created another deadlier one myself.

Adler_smAbout the Author:
Jack Adler is a Los Angeles-based author. The Rage of Kali is the fourth in a series of novels featuring Tramerica’s travel investigator, Derry Greene who ventures to different destinations. The first three novels are City Havoc, The Impresario of Terror, and Irish Spring.

Adler has published several novels including The Apostate, The Montrell Tapes, and Ditzy & Champion, as well as a historical trilogy about ancient Rome and Parthia. Nonfiction books includeSoulmates From The Pages of History, Splendid Seniors: Great Lives/Great Deeds, and a pair of travel books: Make Steady Money As A Travel Writer-Without Traveling andThere’s A Bullet Hole In Your Window.

The Rage of Kali
Authored by Jack Adler
List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
248 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620066911
ISBN-10: 1620066912
BISAC: Fiction / Espionage

Also available on Kindle

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http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Rage-of-Kali-9781620…

Derry Greene tackles terrorist group Council for Restored Nations

LOS ANGELES — Sunbury Press has released Irish Spring, Jack Adler’s third installment in the Derry Greene thriller series.

is_fcIrish Spring is a contemporary action/adventure novel in which a new terrorist group–the Council For Restored Nations-seeks to forcibly revise international borders along ethnic/linguistic/religious lines. They start their campaign in Ireland by using an American tour group as deadly props to achieve their goals. But their plan is resisted by Irish security, compromised by the IRA, and challenged by Derry Greene, the investigator for Tramerica, the American tour operator. Greene is sent to Ireland to clear the company of responsibility for charges of any acts of terrorism and to resolve whether any member of the tour group is working with the mysterious Council.

Greene teams up with Gail Foley, an attractive female Irish security agent, as the tour continues its itinerary despite the assassination of a secret American agent embedded in the group and bombs planted at sightseeing attractions. In the process, Greene and Foley act to determine, in their own way, the mounting suspicions about some tour members. But then the IRA, which came in for blame for lethal incidents during the ongoing tour, acts to clear itself.

Derry and Foley become attracted to each other during this event-filled journey in which they are kidnapped, subjected to humiliating sexual situations, and ultimately forced to make statements supporting the Council.

EXCERPT:
I was reading a paperback mystery in my window seat, high above the Atlantic Ocean, when a slim blue-suited stewardess bent forward and said in a low tone, “Mr. Greene, the captain would like to see you. There’s a message for you.”

My one seatmate, a middle-aged man who had been engrossed with spreadsheets on his laptop computer, gave me a look of curiosity as I excused myself to get into the aisle.

We were bound for Shannon Airport in Ireland. Eighteen of the passengers on the fully booked flight were members of a seven-day tour to Ireland. I wasn’t an official escort, but every once in a while I went along on a tour as part of my job with Tramerica as a special public relations executive and general troubleshooter. I hadn’t been to Ireland in a long time and I was sure the country had changed a good deal, economically and culturally, and the two often dovetailed. Tramerica, as one of the largest tour operators in the U.S. if not the world, offered tours to just about every region of the world including Antarctica.

Many of the passengers we saw as we threaded our way through the tourist class into first class were dozing, chatting, and reading. Hardly anyone glanced at me. Company policy dictated that I travel in tourist class just like other people in the tour. Clear blue and cloudless skies appeared brokenly as I passed windows.

The stewardess knocked on the cockpit door, which was locked for security reasons. I was let in with the stewardess returning to her post near the galley. The door was secured again from the inside of the cockpit after she left.

“We received this message from your company,” the captain, a burly man with a heavy sheaf of grayish hair, said in a gravelly tone. His co-captain, a younger man with blacker hair, gave me a quick glance. I had been in cockpits before, but I was always impressed with the array of instruments staring at me like misshapen metal eyes. What I wasn’t used to seeing, and the sight was ominous, was a revolver lying within easy reach next to the co-captain.

I read the message that came from Tramerica: “Member of tour group may be involved with terrorists. Bomb a possibility. Follow captain’s instructions. Be alert but don’t alarm passengers.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jack Adler is a writer/journalist/teacher based in Los Angeles.

He has had numerous nonfiction and fiction books published. He’s also had plays produced, one published, and has received a grant from the Yaddo Foundation. He teaches various writing courses at UCLA Extension and online for the Writer’s Digest University.

When not researching material, and writing, he likes to create collages. He often pretends to speak Finnish with Barbro, his Helsinki-born wife, or take an easier option by playing with their dog, Chewie. You can see more about him on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Amazon Books.

Irish Spring
Authored by Jack Adler
List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
252 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620066386
ISBN-10: 1620066386
BISAC: Fiction / Espionage

Also available on Kindle

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Derry Greene tackles the Impresario of Terror in Jack Adler's latest novel

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Jack Adler’s latest Derry Greene Thriller “Impresario of Terror,” the second book in the series.

iot_fcAbout the Book:

Impresario of Terror is a contemporary action/adventure novel pitting a highly unusual Filipino terrorist against an American investigator for a top U.S. travel firm. In concert with al Qaeda, the Abu Sayyaf, a Muslim insurgent group operating in the southern Philippines, charges Tramerica with being in the foreground of a new economic colonialism campaign by the U.S. for also being a conduit for international drug trafficking.

Derry Greene is sent to Manila to help clear up the charges and to seek the release of one of its passengers, who has been arrested for possession of cocaine. But his task is greatly complicated when he is kidnapped himself by the Abu Sayyaf. He faces an unusual form of brain washing and then with death unless he makes a statement incriminating his company and the U.S. Amid all the disasters wreaked by Honore, the Abu Sayyaf leader, Derry also falls in love with Detective Elena Paquino from the Manila police, and they have an odd off-and-on romance.

Impresario of Terror

Authored by Jack Adler

List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
272 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620064313
ISBN-10: 1620064316
BISAC: Fiction / Thrillers / Espionage

ch_fcAlso available on Kindle & Nook

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What happens when an embedded sleeper-cell agent gets a little too close to his target?

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Jack Adler’s latest espionage novel “The Apostate.”

TA_fcAbout the Book:
A sleeper agent pressured to become a Muslim and join a major Islamic cultural center defies his handler from a secret agency and becomes a lightning rod to American Muslims.

“The Apostate” is the remarkable story of Ray Dancer, a young American forced into accepting a dangerous mission from Protect America Service, an outsourced and mysterious federal security agency, after being accused of terrorism himself. He also faces criminal charges after a serious scrape with an injured policeman. He succeeds in joining the Islamic center after meeting and falling in love with Abra Malouse, the niece of the center’s imam. But his love for Abra greatly complicates his mission.

About the Author:
Jack Adler’s credits include 16 published books. The novels include: City Havoc, The Montrell Tapes, Seven Seniors, A Rage of Duty, Ditzy & Champion, Di Mario’s Revenge, and a historical trilogy, Parthian Retreat, Seres Sanctuary and Parthian Karma. Among the nonfiction titles are: Splendid Seniors: Great Lives/Great Deeds, Exploring Historic California, Consumer’s Guide To Travel, There’s A Bullet Hole In Your Window, and Southern India.

The Apostate
Authored by Jack Adler
List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
280 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620062722
ISBN-10: 1620062720
BISAC: Fiction / Espionage

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Apostate-97816200627…

Also available on Nook and Kindle.