Whoop whoop!! It’s my turn on the fabulous blog tour for J.B. Turner’s Rogue and I’ve got an extract from the novel to whet your appetite! This is the first American Ghost thriller so let’s get on board at the start of Nathan Stone’s journey!
Big thanks to the lovely Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me to join the blog tour!
A deep-state US organization has a top-secret kill list—and a popular senator is on it. Nathan Stone was killed in action while serving as a covert CIA operative. Or so everyone thought. In reality he’s become a ghost, a black-ops asset with a new identity and controlled by a secret government organization. The Commission has one aim: to hunt down and assassinate anti-establishment enemies of the state.
Its number-one target is Senator Brad Crichton, an ambitious politician with growing support. Stone is ready to take him out, but his plan is soon compromised when the Commission’s kill list is leaked to a journalist—whose own name is on the list too. And when the journalist tries to alert the senator, he is found dead in suspicious circumstances. Stone is closing in on Crichton, but must act swiftly to reach him before the truth does.
He knows that one wrong foot will put him in the firing line. But where national security is at stake, the hunter can quickly become the hunted.
The cold morning sun peeked over the horizon as Nathan Stone looked through the window in his room. He took a drag on his cigarette, filling his lungs with smoke, and watched the clouds flit across the endless sky.
A sharp knock at his door, and the same two men, keys jangling from their belts, came in. They escorted him again to the windowless room with the one-way mirror.
The psychologist was scribbling notes and yawning. “Take a seat, Nathan,” he said without looking up.
“Early start,” Stone said, crushing his cigarette in an ashtray.
The psychologist nodded and smiled.
“I just wanted to start by saying that we are delighted with your progress.” “You got a thing for me, Doc, is that it?” The psychologist laughed. “As I said, we are pleased with your progress.” Stone felt an anger building inside him. “Don’t bullshit me, Doc. You know this is like a holiday camp for me.” “Your physical tests show that you’re in remarkable shape.” Stone didn’t respond.
“You wanna get to the point?”
“The point is we have been monitoring you to see if you still have the skill set required to do a particular job. It’s high level. Classified. But we believe you are equipped and ready to do this again.”
“You know what I can do.”
“You’re a valuable asset. You don’t have compunction about who lives and dies. And that’s a very valuable commodity in our line of work.”
Stone shifted in his seat.
The psychologist sighed. “We believe in you. And we want to see you out there again . . . My question is, are you really ready to take that first step?”
“What do you want me to do?”
The psychologist looked at his watch. “It’s 5:49 a.m. I’d like you to take the elevator down to subbasement Level F.”
“When you get off the elevator, turn right and head down to the door at the farthest end, which leads through to a TV room. A young man is in there just now, drinking tea, watching a rerun of a Cardinals game.” Stone nodded.
“We want you to go in and make yourself a coffee from the machine, make small talk. And then at 0600 hours precisely, kill the man.”
“Kill the man?” “Correct. Afterwards, you will get back in the elevator and get off at Level C. You will then be escorted to your room. Is that clear?” “What about the body?”
“What about it?”
“Do you want it disposed of?”
The psychologist shook his head. “That’s not your problem.”
Stone took a few moments to digest what he’d been told. “Who is he?” “He’s someone we want taken care of.”
Stone cleared his throat. “Very well.”
Well there you have it folks!! Don’t know about you but I’m totally intrigued whether Stone does the deed or not!! Don’t forget to catch up with the rest of the blog tour at these amazing stops!
Who Is J.B. Turner?
J.B. Turner is the #1 Amazon international bestselling author of the Jon Reznick® thriller series. His latest book, Hard Fall (Thomas & Mercer), was published on 8 February 2018. His influences and favorite authors include: James Ellroy, Richard Stark, Hunter S. Thompson, James Lee Burke, George Orwell, Jack Kerouac, Henry James, Harlan Coben, Thomas H. Cook, John Grisham, James Patterson, John Buchan, John Grisham, and Michael Connelly.
He also wrote the forthcoming American Ghost® thriller series. The new series features protagonist Nathan Stone, a former CIA covert operative who had been critically wounded, and everyone thought was dead. But behind closed doors, he was rehabilitated by a highly secretive government organization known as the Commission, given a new identity and appearance, and remoulded into a lethal assassin. His brief: to execute kill orders drawn up by the Commission, all in the name of national security. The Commission owns him, but Stone knows one wrong move could turn him from loyal asset to hunted man. The first book in the new American Ghost series, Rogue (Thomas & Mercer), is out 7 June 2018. The follow-up is Reckoning (Thomas & Mercer), is out 2 August 2018. Requiem is out November 2018 (Thomas & Mercer).
He wrote the Jon Reznick novella, Gone Bad (No Way Back Press), and the Deborah Jones crime thrillers, Miami Requiem (No Way Back Press) and Dark Waters (No Way Back Press).
His books have conspiratorial elements and themes throughout them. His work can often be described as thrillers; his books cover sub-genre categories including assassination thriller, suspense thriller, political thriller, crime fiction, military thriller, and, in the case of the Deborah Jones books, mysteries. He has a keen interest in geo-politics. He loves music and drinks dangerous levels of coffee (and a fair bit of red wine). He occasionally blogs. He listens to everything from Beethoven to The Beatles, The Cure to Bach. And everything in between. Occasionally writes. Loves films. Well, good ones. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Heat, The Godfather, The Offence, The French Connection, Payback, It’s a Wonderful Life, Manhattan, Annie Hall, Sideways, As Good As It Gets, Wonder Boys, The Deer Hunter, All the President’s Men, Babette’s Feast, and a personal fave, Animal House (what’s not to like?).
He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is married with two children. He is represented by Mark Gottlieb of Trident Media Group, New York. Check out his website at: https://jbturnerauthor.com/