Friday, February 20, 2015

Featured Book: The Prince and the Scorpion by Dick Nelson

About the book:

Dick Nelson spins a tale of political intrigue, assassinations, and heroism. The Prince and the Scorpion is a gripping, action-packed sequel to The Trojan Horse Conspiracy by Dick Nelson. The charismatic Brad Tilsdale, former Navy SEAL, FBI agent, CIA operative and now National Security Advisor to the President, expands his influence over the U.S. government's clandestine operations, while a weak President looks the other way. While Tilsdale weaves his way through the Washington bureaucracy to head off a massive Al-Qaeda attack, his sharply etched character begins to evolve in sinister ways to show the reader the dark and ruthless side of his personality. Caught up in a passionate romantic triangle with treacherous implications, Tilsdale plots and schemes to protect the United States, often from itself. His unorthodox alliance with the two most powerful women in Washington becomes embroiled in a struggle for control of the nation's Special Operations and clandestine services, exposing layer-upon-layer of personal agendas and an insatiable pursuit of power. Tilsdale is soon forced to deal with the Iranians, as they attempt to obtain nuclear weapons, and then attack the U.S. fleet in the Arabian Sea. The mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Flight 370 is finally explained, as the Iranians attempt to strike Israel with their remaining nuclear weapons. The real story of Osama Bin Laden's fate is told with chilling detail, resulting in the creation of a shadowy organization known to its members only as the Condor Group, and operated by Tilsdale, NSA Director Melissa Clayton, and CIA Director Karen Littleton. In a final cataclysm of heartless violence and duplicity, Tilsdale's character emerges as a flawed hero who will kill without remorse in order to achieve his secretive goals, aided by a beautiful, powerful woman who is drawn irresistibly to his strength.

About the author:

Dick Nelson is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a former Navy fighter pilot. During the Vietnam War, Nelson flew the supersonic F-8E Crusader and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, 13 Air Medals, the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V, the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with star, and other decorations. After the Navy, Nelson flew with Continental Airlines as a commercial airline pilot, and then attended the UCLA School of Law. He moved to Florida in 2005, where he worked as an attorney for the Department of Homeland Security and the FDIC. Now retired, Nelson is also the author of The Contrail Chronicles and The Trojan Horse Conspiracy.

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