[The following guest post is by Kenneth S. Murray, author of the new espionage thriller The Jeweler. For more information about Kenneth and his books, visit him at kennethsmurray.com. For giveaway details, see the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post.]
About the Book: Cole Hanson learned the jewelry trade early in life. Dealing in emeralds in
Click here to buy on Amazon , Hanson is kidnapped and taken to the mountain jungle lair of the Black Jaguar, a cocaine drug lord. He witnesses a horrible triple murder, executes the killer, and escapes. Hanson is overwhelmed by a euphoric rush and struggles with this discovered Jekyll and Hyde personality. Hanson is recruited to become an assassin for the CIA who learns of his strange predilection for death and uses this alter ego to press The Jeweler ever deeper into espionage and assassinations around the world. Columbia
Murder occurs in
. Diskettes with top secret information about the Soul Catcher are stolen. Incensed, Hanson seeks the killers, but is on his own without CIA approval as clues take him across Europe and to the England for revenge. After twenty years of service The Jeweler attempts his toughest sanction. Hussein is well guarded moving between palaces and seems an impossible target until fate deals a hand. Hussein flees on his mega-yacht. Hanson battles his way on board for the final action and twists in the Vatican Persian Gulf.
Guest Post by Kenneth S. Murray: "How This Book Came to Be"
The area around
was the starting point for cocaine production and home for the drug cartels
that have been so powerful. Years ago, cocaine was considered a recreational
drug by middle and upper American society. But when I heard that it affected
your 'winkie power' - yours truly said, "No way, Jose." Then I became
allergic to alcohol - what a horrible development - a friend sent me some weed inside
tennis balls and that was fun until I pulled on some Tai-stick, and it was '
Good-night Irene,' baby. That ended all that craziness.
The idea for "The Jeweler," started up in the Panhandle of Florida where we were visiting our daughter who needed earrings fixed and introduced us to her jeweler - Rock Hard. Yep, that's what I said. Rock Hard Designs, Emerald Cutters & Importers At Monet Monet. The Monet is about the gardens behind his store in
, where he duplicated the look of
the great French impressionist Painter, Claude Monet. Google his store - you'll
see it first hand. Grayton Beach
I asked him about the word emerald on his card. He said he still owned an interest in an emerald mine in
Columbia, a country known
for those gems.
Then when I learned about his early life, living in
Paris where his father
was stationed in the U S Army, college in Sweden,
trips to Afghanistan where
he became interested in the mining of jewelry, surfing the big waves in Hawaii, working for the BBC at 14,000 feet making a
documentary about Peru,
and the list goes on. I had to write it. He agreed that I could turn him into
an assassin for the CIA, but I had to ask both Rock and his beautiful wife,
Carla, to sign an indemnification agreement before I wrote the novel.
But an editor from Simon & Schuster at a book conference taught me a lesson. I could not use his real name! "It's not believable," he said. "You write fiction, but you always need to create a believable story; have to have enough fact and history, etc, in a book to make it credible, acceptable to the reader.
About the Author: Ken Murray lives with his wife Beth in
Winter Parkand has sons and daughters and three grand children. A graduate of the , he served in a top secret cryptographic unit of ht eU.S. Army in the Pentagon during the Korean war organizing intelligence from codes deciphered by the National Intelligence Agency. He moved to Universityof Virginia Floridain 1958, retired early, and for the past fifteen years has been writing novels and poetry. Visit him at www.kennethsmurray.com and www.facebook.com/KenMurrayAuthor.
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First Prize: An autographed copy of The Jeweler and a $20 Amazon Gift Card
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