Books for the Times by Bob Doerr
With all the horrific actions carried out by ISIS and its sympathizers in the past few months, it's easy to see why many of us believe the world is becoming a more dangerous place. The violent, random assaults on our nation’s police in retribution for a few bad cops, while despicable itself, has added fuel to the ISIS propaganda that is already being used worldwide via social networks to target new recruits. With no end of violence in sight, the conflict between more security and our privacy is sure to reach a new apex in the next year or so.
Most of us believe that another major terrorist attack on US soil is inevitable. Only the timing is in question, and hopefully our intelligence and law enforcement communities can keep our enemies at bay for as long as possible.
It is in this hostile environment and reflecting back to 9/11, that I came up with Clint Smith, the main character in my book The Attack. My publisher released The Attack in 2014, and in the first months of 2016, the second book in the series, The Group, will be released.
Clint Smith is a “Hunter” employed by a very small and extremely secret government agency. Only a handful of people within the government have knowledge to what Smith and the other eleven hunters do.
When an individual is deemed to be a viable, imminent threat to the United States, Smith is sent out to find him or her. With guidance from his superiors, Smith shadows the work of other US and allied agencies without their knowledge. Where possible he gets ahead of the other agencies efforts. Once the target is located, that data is passed on to the appropriate law enforcement or security agencies. If for whatever reason, another agency can’t respond in time to capture or kill the target, Smith is given the green light to eliminate the threat, before departing the area and leaving no trace that he was ever there.
In The Group, Smith is sent on the trail of a seemingly invisible group of assassins set on murdering the world’s richest men. The trail takes Smith to Switzerland, Spain, and back to the U.S. As he pursues this new world “league of assassins”, he gets the strange sensation that they have begun to look for him. If you like fast moving thrillers, please check out The Group when it becomes available in the next month or two.
Award winning author Bob Doerr grew up in a military family, graduated from the Air Force Academy, and had a career of his own in the Air Force. Bob specialized in criminal investigations and counterintelligence gaining significant insight to the worlds of crime, espionage, and terrorism.
His work brought him into close coordination with the security agencies of many countries and filled his mind with the fascinating plots and characters found in his books today. His education credits include a Masters in International Relations from Creighton University.
A full time author with ten published books and a co-author in another, Bob was selected by the Military Writers Society of America as its Author of the Year for 2013. The Eric Hoffer Awards awarded No One Else to Kill its 2013 first runner up to the grand prize for commercial fiction. Two of his other books were finalists for the Eric Hoffer Award in earlier contests. Loose Ends Kill won the 2011 Silver medal for Fiction/mystery by the Military Writers Society of America. Another Colorado Kill received the same Silver medal in 2012 and the silver medal for general fiction at the Branson Stars and Flags national book contest in 2012.
Bob released an international thriller titled The Attack in May 2014, and more recently, Caffeine Can Kill, his sixth book in the Jim West mystery series. Bob has also written three novellas for middle grade readers in the Enchanted Coin series: The Enchanted Coin, The Rescue of Vincent, and The Magic of Vex. Bob lives in Garden Ridge, Texas, with Leigh, his wife of 42 years, and Cinco, their ornery cat.