The third book in the Jake Pendleton series, Breach of Power, is a slight departure from the first two in the series in that it involves a lost treasure hunt of sorts. I had been collecting articles of interest over an extended period that I wanted to use in a story or stories.
The first had to do with the draining of a lake in the hills of Tennessee. The lake was one created by the Tennessee Valley Authority back in the 1940s. It was drained to do needed repair work on the dam. Upon draining, though, the TVA discovered decades of debris that had accumulated over the years. More interesting to me was the still-erect ruins of an old town. It seems the townspeople were relocated and the valley flooded, including the old town along with several of its buildings such as the old jail and mercantile store as well as an old bridge. As a certified Dive Master, the prospect of divers exploring the underwater town was intriguing.
The second was an article my wife handed me dealing with the verification and cataloguing of all the graves at the Arlington National Cemetery in the Washington DC area. During the verification process, it was discovered that many headstones were mismarked. It was also discovered that many graves had been disturbed by vandals.
Lastly, I found an article about two hikers in Austria who discovered the remains of a man inside an ice cave beneath a glacier. That really set off my “what if” mind to wondering. Apparently, the remains had been inside the glacier for over 60 years. I took the article to my wife and told her that I had to use this in my next book.
I set out to draw a nexus between all three articles, which included quite a few visits to cemeteries across the South. So many, in fact, that my wife finally said, “No more!” It also included several research appointments with a funeral home director as a subject matter expert. Seriously, this is no joke. Here is the result:
Deep inside a glacier, a hiker finds a journal that was lost during World War II. On its frozen pages are etched the secret locations of treasures lost since the 1940s. But something more ominous is scribed in the journal, something that threatens the Presidency of the United States.
Jake Pendleton and his new partner, Francesca Catanzaro, work for an “off the books” intelligence firm and are summoned to the White House where they are instructed to locate and acquire the book. Jake soon realizes there are others on a quest to find it as well.
Others who will kill to get to it first.
A bonus, for me, was the fact that the editor for this book was s senior editor for Penguin. The same editor who edited books for Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler, Mark Greaney, Grant Blackwood, and many more.
This is a story I’m certain you will enjoy as there is something in there for everyone who loves twists so startling it will leave you scratching your head and eager for the next one.
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