Hello Blog Readers,

As promised, here is the overview and cover for The Toymaker. But first let me give you  a few tidbits: the schedule release date for the PRINT version (tree book) of The Toymaker is February 14, 2012. That’s right, Valentine’s Day. The main reason for such a release date is that, even though there are dozens of romance and chick-lit novels released that day, as of this writing, there are only two mystery/thrillers to be released on Feb. 14. I mentioned in my last newsletter and I’ll reiterate it again, the Kindle version (e book) is planned to be out before Christmas this year, but last minute formatting issues could cause it to slip. If it does slip then it will likely not be available until Feb. 14 along with the print version. So many variables!

Before I move on, I want to acknowledge my good friend and graphic designer, Mary Fisher of Mary Fisher Design for this wonderful cover! As usual, she went above and beyond and has given me another stunning book cover, guaranteed to garner second and third glances from readers.

This is what you’re waiting for…the back cover synopsis and the front cover photo. Please enjoy. Any comments or questions are welcome, so feel free to email me.

May I present….



Former NTSB Investigator Jake Pendleton faces a dilemma as the line blurs between right and wrong. After his judgment comes into question, Jake is entrusted to his new mentor, an eccentric old man who sees beyond Jake’s flaws. A man who makes ‘toys for spies.’

A man known as The Toymaker.

Jake’s first assignment reunites him with Gregg Kaplan in a daredevil mission to rescue a fellow agent held captive in Yemen. He risks his life to stop the first attack of an al Qaeda mastermind. But now, with no one to trust but himself, can Jake stop the terrorist from destroying what is most precious to the free world?

Unfortunately, more trouble comes his way as a killer from his past threatens something more important to Jake than his own life, leaving him to make the hardest decision any man ever has to make—

Who to sacrifice.

In the same suspenseful style as his award winning thriller, The Savannah Project, Chuck Barrett’s The Toymaker is guaranteed to engulf the reader in another spine-tingling tale of international intrigue.




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  1. Michelle on October 30, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Although I haven’t read any of your books yet and I have just downloaded The Savannah Project to my Kindle today (and am looking forward to reading it) I already like the sound of this new one. I love books/authors that write series where you can follow a main character and watch them grow and change from one book to the next.

    I look forward to reading your books!!

    • Chuck Barrett on December 10, 2011 at 10:18 pm

      Hopefully you’ll get to see The Toymaker by Christmas

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