Cover Hellfire by Rickard DeMille
Okay… I’m going to tell you something about myself that I rarely tell anybody: I’m a sucker for spy thrillers.
Those who know me by my writings online would never guess this about me but, it’s true. Between the ages of 14 and 16, I read and re-read every, single ONE of Ian Fleming’s “007″ novels (and all of his travel books, too). I’ve also seen every Bond and Bond-related film ever made (INCLUDING, I’m ashamed to say, “Casino Royale”) and, all my life I’ve been waiting for a writer to emerge who could hold my interest in a novel of the same genre as much as the brilliant Mr. Fleming.
I’m very pleased to say I finally found one. His name is Rickard B. DeMille and his novel is “Hellfire” (you’re going to want to remember that name if you like these thrillers as much as I do).
Here’s a little “teaser” about the plot — after which you are going to hate me. (You’ll see…)
Travis Deacon is a Marine Corps gunnery sergeant attached to the CIA who goes to Wales on vacation with his best friend to take in some rugby games and a lot of beer after their latest tough assignment in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, his friend winds up dead. The authorities call it an auto accident but Travis isn’t buying and neither is his late friend’s sister, Dee Jones — a feisty redhead, who just happens to be a local police detective and to whom Travis is definitely “attracted”. Some of his friend’s injuries don’t match an auto accident but do match torture techniques employed an Al Qaeda kingpin named Abdula Al Maliki whom Travis has come up against before.
Before his death, Deacon’s friend left a photo album in his care. Both Dee and Travis are certain clues to the murder are inside and they’re right. One of the photos, taken in Kabul, shows men in a truck loaded with crates — one of which has markings identifying it as radio equipment and the other strangely the exact size and configuration of those used to hold military “Predator” drones equipped with hellfire missiles. Travis knows the CIA lost some downed drones in Afghanistan and, while drones are guided from satellites, they require radio signals that are in their direct line of sight for take-offs and landings. Travis also thinks he recognizes one of the men in the photo. That’s right. It’s his “old friend” Maliki.
Travis (ever the alert, aware and informed agent) knows that Al Qaeda has tried before to assassinate Prince Harry and that the prince and his family are due in Wales within a few days to watch the yearly grudge rugby match between England and Wales. He puts two and two together in a New York (Old York?) minute.
Meantime, MI5 (Britain’s secret service) has Travis ordered back to Afghanistan. In order to keep him in Wales (and thereby take advantage of his somewhat roguish “skills”), Dee has Travis arrested for jaywalking and thus begins a spirited romp across Wales as Dee, Travis and a companion dog they pick up along the way (that turns out to be a valuable member of their makeshift team) try to stay one step ahead of Maliki and MI5 (who are still trying to have Travis shipped out).
All goes, if not “smoothly”, at least their way until Dee goes and gets herself captured by Maliki. Everything comes to a head as Travis must decide which one he’s going to save: The feisty redhead he’s grown quite fond of or Prince Harry…
I’m going to let YOU find out what Travis decides for yourself after you pick up a copy of “Hellfire” by Rickard B. DeMille. (See? Don’t you just hate me now? I TOLD you you would!)
One of the best aspects of “Hellfire” is DeMille’s insight into the country of Wales, its people and its peculiar language (the vowels of which DeMille says are “use[d] for a diversion rather than grammatical consideration”). I didn’t know very much about Wales before reading “Hellfire” (except that they have the coolest flag of any nation on Earth), so I found this part of the book especially fascinating. I’m certain you will, too.
Perhaps the best thing about “Hellfire” is that it was recently released in “Kindle” form which makes a copy of it very convenient and quite economical to pick up so you have something exciting to read on that long vacation-bound plane ride or while you’re catching up on your tan at the beach!
To find out more info on “Hellfire”, you can go to the author’s website at: http://www.rickardbdemille.com — or — the book’s “Kindle” order site at: http://amzn.to/NE1ysW.