The genesis of this book series began nearly fifteen years ago shortly after completing my military service when I was living in Texas. The story lay dormant in my head as life and family took precedence. At the encouragement of my teenage daughter, I put pen to paper. I set up a writing schedule around my work and family responsibilities. The process was exhilarating, and I hope that my readers are equally thrilled with the product.
SOME FATES ARE WORSE THAN DEATH.
A young girl on the run.
A relentless pursuer.
Life hangs in the balance,
As Nick risks everything to save her.
In THE LION’S MOUTH, author Brian Christopher Shea once again delivers a fast-paced, thrill ride in his second installment in the Nick Lawrence Series. Shea keeps his finger on the pulse of current events plaguing our society and tackles the controversial topic of Human Trafficking. A true “cat and mouse” thriller expertly designed for fans of James Patterson’s Alex Cross and Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch.
Nick Lawrence returns to Austin, Texas and soon finds himself in a life and death pursuit of a ruthless human trafficking ring.
The gravity of the story’s context is balanced against Shea’s relentless story telling pace.
As a former police detective and naval officer, Shea draws from his own military and investigative experience, filling the book with an authenticity that can only be delivered by someone who’s personally experienced such things.
A girl named “Mouse” is heading for the village of Pigeon, Michigan–not to be confused with White Pigeon, Michigan, which is in southern Michigan. Pigeon is located in Michigan’s “thumb” near Saginaw Bay.
* * *NEWSFLASH FROM BRIAN* * *
Did you know that The Camel’s Back won the 2018 Greenlight Screenplay Adaptation Award? The book is currently being converted to a screenplay as we speak. The second in the series, The Lion’s Mouth, is also under contract for conversion to screenplay format by an up and coming screenwriter.
FOLLOWING TWENTY-FIVE YEARS flying every kind of attack helicopter the Army has to offer, Joelene Stonehouse returns to a civilian world she barely recognizes. But sitting home alone painting pictures of horses and cows doesn’t cut it. Following a life of danger and excitement, what’s a warrior to do?
So her sister sets her up as a kind of independent courier / transporter for an alliance of East Coast import / export operators. Now, equipped with a set of hot wheels and a tight schedule, she’s off — no questions asked . . .
Then her world comes apart, sending Joelene on the warpath again — which is just the way she likes it.
Female Helicopter Pilot Took on the Taliban—and the Pentagon
After receiving the Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross, Maj. Mary Jennings Hegar fought for the right to fight. **CLICK TO VIEW
“I’m doing the things I’m doing for my daughters and the younger generation that is coming up behind me. The women who came before me did a lot and I owe them that. I need to pay it forward and do something for the women of tomorrow.”
Shoot Like A Girl **CLICK TO VIEW On June 29, 2009, Air National Guard major Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar was shot down while on a Medevac mission on her third tour in Afghanistan. Despite being wounded, she fought the enemy and saved the lives of her crew and their patients. But soon she would face a new battle: to give women who serve on the front lines the credit they deserve . . .
The inspiring and riveting first-ever memoir of active combat by a female helicopter pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Amber Smith flew into enemy fire in some of the most dangerous combat zones in the world. One of only a few women to fly the Kiowa Warrior helicopter—whose mission, armed reconnaissance, required its pilots to stay low and fly fast, perilously close to the fight—Smith deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a member of the elite 2-17 Cavalry Regiment, part of the legendary 101st Airborne Division, the Screaming Eagles. She rose to Pilot-in-Command and Air Mission Commander in the premier Kiowa unit in the Army, repeatedly flying into harm’s way during her 2005 and 2008 deployments.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield **CLICK TO VIEW
In 2010, the Army created Cultural Support Teams, a secret pilot program to insert women alongside Special Operations soldiers battling in Afghanistan. The Army reasoned that women could play a unique role on Special Ops teams: accompanying their male colleagues on raids and, while those soldiers were searching for insurgents, questioning the mothers, sisters, daughters and wives living at the compound.
This stirring novel set in Afghanistan focuses on two women—an American aid worker and her local interpreter, who form an unexpected friendship despite their utterly different life experiences and the ever-increasing violence that surrounds them. In 2001, Kabul is suddenly a place of possibility as people fling off years of repressive Taliban rule.
Award-winning journalist Gwen Florio has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia.
Michele Rigby Assad
Breaking Cover: My Secret Life in the CIA and What It Taught Me about What’s Worth Fighting For **CLICK TO VIEW
Michele Rigby Assad spent a decade working as an undercover intelligence officer in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations. While serving as a counterterrorism and counterintelligence specialist, Michele realized the value of being different in an industry that was largely lacking in diversity.
Virginia Hall 1906–1982
Near the beginning of Michele Rigby Assad’s book, she mentions a WWII spy named Virginia Hall. Her story is quite interesting for a number of reasons. Here are a few links about the exploits of this amazing woman:
ON THIS DAY By Joseph DiFrancesco and Oak Anderson
Welcome back to the BOTM Oak! Oak Anderson was featured here at the BOTM a hundred years ago.
Ex Philadelphia Police Sergeant, Brant Discher, now a small-town cop, doubts the validity of a local ‘suicide case’. He suspects the self-inflicted death of a young, Middle Eastern man has been staged to look like something it is not. Compelled to go rogue, he uncovers the makings of a masterfully complex and sinister plot. With every turn, it seems to go deeper than even he could imagine.
On This Day explores a hive of dormant terrorists secretively and methodically deployed through a manipulation of the US adoption system. They are unaware of the breadth of their assignment, or each other. Unknowingly, all will participate in a national mass attack coordinated for a specific date, etched in stone for over a decade.
While reading Chain of Command by Seymour M. Hersh, I discovered a detailed description of the sorry state to which the CIA and NSA had descended over a period of time beginning with the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1988 and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet state through the surprise attacks on 9/11, followed by America’s quest for redemption, beginning in 2003 and continuing into 2019.
How did our intelligence services devolve during the twenty years following 1988? Intelligence analysts gleefully announced that the Great Game had finally come to an end and the Cold War was over. Instead, the KGB took control of Russian state and legitimized the oligarchs and crime families, while the tattered remnants of America’s intelligence services congratulated themselves and did high-fives.
Surprise! They’re baaack! It’s Game On all over again!
Now in 2019, we wake up (hopefully) to discover the emergence of a full-blown Russian mafia state armed with nuclear weapons and some of the best hackers in the world, while ISIS terrorists run rampant throughout the Middle East. Here at home, we squabble in distraction over the construction of a wall across our southern border with Mexico — as if this is gonna save us from ourselves and turn our attention away from our self-fulfilling fantasies to re-focus upon the healing of a divided America.
In Chain of Command,Seymour M. Hersh takes an unflinching look behind the public story of the war on terror and into the lies and obsessions that led America into Iraq. How did America get from the clear morning when two planes crashed into the World Trade Center to a divisive and dirty war in Iraq?
With an introduction by The New Yorker‘s editor, David Remnick, Chain of Command is a devastating portrait of an administration blinded by ideology and of a president whose decisions have made the world a more dangerous place for America.
TheArt of Intelligence will change the way people view the CIA, domestic and foreign intelligence, and international terrorism. Henry A. “Hank” Crumpton, a twenty-four-year veteran of the CIA’s Clandestine Service, offers a thrilling account that delivers profound lessons about what it means to serve as an honorable spy. From CIA recruiting missions in Africa to pioneering new programs like the UAV Predator, from running post–9/11 missions in Afghanistan to heading up all clandestine CIA operations in the United States, Crumpton chronicles his role—in the battlefield and in the Oval Office—in transforming the way America wages war and sheds light on issues of domestic espionage.
“In the prosperous calm after the Cold War, however, America as a nation enjoyed a delusional respite, in an imaginary world without serious threats and deadly enemies.”
“We need leaders who embrace intellectual integrity, constructive political discourse, and hard-nosed governance rather than prideful ignorance, dogmatic rhetoric, and divisive ideology on the left and the right.”
— Henry A. Crumption, The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA’s Clandestine Service
A string of patricides rocks 1916 Dublin and a washed-up Scottish doctor receives a mysterious manuscript from a fellow Scotsman recounting his dark experiences in the pioneer city of Seattle in 1889. As the doctor reads the manuscript, he’s made aware the murders in Seattle are connected to those in Dublin and he and the author crossed paths many years before, and under tragic circumstances.
In Seattle, a tale of corruption and conspiracy unravels at the feet of a crazed serial killer hell-bent on halting historical progress. It’s just a matter of time before the city will burn. The doctor must decide if the author is an ally, or the killer himself, amidst an atmosphere of political instability and impending revolt.
Throw Away Faces is a raw look into the abuse of power, the well of madness, and the inevitability of tragedy versus the power of redemption.
** NOTHING IS WHAT IT SEEMS! ** NO ONE IS WHO THEY CLAIM TO BE!
MY DEADBLUE CATERPILLAR By R.D. Murray
Everyone has secrets but no one has secrets as big as Harold’s. When Karen Pine finds out her husband is sleeping with a multitude of women, and has a book full of their names and addresses, she has to decide if she: A.) wants to kill him. B.) wants to punish his women or C.) all of the above.
As she struggles with the discovery of a secret book, the reality of what it all means, and searches for answers, more and more secrets start to come to life about her husband.
Karen is soon sucked into a mind-bending, mysterious, and devious revenge story. But it isn’t until Harold suddenly disappears, that things take a turn for the worse. Leaving Karen to fight a battle she could never imagine, even in her wildest dreams.
It’s 1989 in the sleepy town of Longview, Texas, when ten-year-old Lucy disappears. Her parents, the police, and the community all brace for the worst, assuming her body will soon be found in Big Woods. Just like the other unsolved kidnappings.
But then Lucy’s fourteen-year-old sister, Leah, starts having dreams about Lucy—dreams that reveal startling clues as to what happened. Leah begins her own investigation, and soon she meets a reclusive widow who may hold the key to finding Lucy…if only she can find the courage to come forward.
GWENDY’S BUTTON BOX By Stephen King & Richard Chizmar
Every day in the summer of 1974, twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong—if time-rusted—iron bolts and zig-zag up the precarious cliffside.
Then one day when Gwendy gets to the top of Castle View, after catching her breath and hearing the shouts of kids on the playground below, a stranger calls to her. There on a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small, neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat…
Victor Simone, head of a hit man organization, murdered Belle McBain’s corrupt father. Following in her dad’s career footsteps, Belle becomes an attorney, but she can’t seem to move beyond the whispers of her crooked father’s corruption or his failures to his family. Instead of building a career in law, she escapes to a life of drugs and lives off her trust fund.
Unable to cope, Belle attempts suicide and is soon admitted into a rehab clinic where she tries to heal. However, her wounds run deep, so the healing takes time. Once released and three years sober, Belle begins a new life as a private investigator in Jersey City with the help of a friend in law enforcement. Sixteen years have passed … until everything changes.
One of Victor Simone’s cronies is in FBI custody and makes a deal. He says he’ll tell where the fugitive Simone is hiding if Belle agrees to meet with him. When she does, she begins to wonder if her father was ever a dirty attorney at all. As she searches for answers, Belle discovers more than she bargained for, including something more unbelievable than she could have imagined.
Despite years of treatment, twenty-one year old Lydia still struggles with trauma from being attacked as a teenager. House-bound with anxieties and haunted by ghostly visions, she soon comes to suspect her psychiatrist husband, Myles, of sabotaging her recovery.
Her pursuit of the truth uncovers secrets more terrible than she ever imagined and it soon becomes clear that nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted – not even herself.
The Camel’s Back Wins the 2018 Greenlight Screenplay Adaption Award!
What does this mean? Well quite simply the book will be adapted to screenplay by a professional screenwriter. After that Greenlight Group Inc. will push hard to get it optioned. The percentage of chance that it will be made into a movie is slim, but I’m an eternal optimist.
I will keep everyone informed as things progress. Anyone from this group is also welcome to contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org I am usually quick to respond and love to hear from readers. Book 3, The Rabbit’s Hole, goes off to my editor in two weeks for a final scrub before the November 23rd release.
Thank you all for the amazing support.
All the best,
Three people, each at their own breaking point, collide. The resulting impact will forever change their lives…if they can manage to survive it.
Declan Enright, a former police officer recently fired over a controversial shooting, has reached a breaking point in his life. Confronted with insurmountable financial burdens in the wake of his termination, Declan makes a desperate move to stabilize his situation for the benefit of his wife and three young daughters.
“Brian Christopher Shea…..This guy has a book out called: The Camel’s Back . . Now listen up, all 3495 members here should have bought this book, or rented it from your local library. This book starts out just like what’s happening in today’s world. A cop shoots a person of color, he lost his job over it, and now his family is close to eating bread and butter. Banks being robbed, cars and buses being blown up, and folks who you just don’t know about.
I don’t want to tell you the whole story, but I am just not understanding why you would turn away from a book like this. Your talking Thriller to the end, Pop the last popcorn, grab some Tea, and have a seat, and get-ta-reading……”
Brian Christopher Shea’s fantastic novel The Camel’s Backgets five big ones (*****) from me. What a story! It explores the effects of desperation, heartbreak and payback on three people. As the tension builds, we sit back trying to figure it all out. Just forget about that. Strap yourself in and hang on, because everything’s outta control. You’re gonna love this ride.
Thanks, Brian, for a great time. Now I’m going after your next one, The Lion’s Mouth.
“Tell them that it will be done to satisfaction, but at a new grid coordinate. I am deviating from the original location. I think that they will be pleased with my reasons,” Khaled said, sliding a piece of paper to Mustafa with the hand-written coordinates 41.723158, -72.668059.
So I plugged the coordinates into Google Earth and here’s what I found:
Pretty slick, huh? This is where the bus catches fire and then when everyone gathers around, the big blast is triggered. Pretty devious, but that’s how they do it.
The Camel’s Back is destined for the MOVIES! (We should all hope!)
Yes, Brian has written another one. Read the first one, then jump right on this one. Another proven winner!
Big things come in small packages.
Nick Lawrence returned to Austin, Texas and rejoined his old unit, the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children task force. It’s not long before he finds himself in the middle of a well-organized human trafficking ring. Teaming with local law enforcement, he sets out to dismantle the group.