Wednesday Through Friday of this week Terrorist At The Bus Stop will be Free in the Kindle Store at http://amzn.com/B007X65GO4 .
She was the perfect collaborator. Her instincts for the sections of the book that needed refinement or a change of tone were spot on. Her suggestions for changes were even better. It is a much better book after incorporating her ideas. It reminded me why our marriage has survived 40 years…yes she was a young child when I married her.
The process of writing the book was a long journey (read: many, many rewrites). It took a while for the complicated story line to gel in my mind. The characters had to find “their” voice. (more rewrites). As the story line came together and the character of the story developed, I realized that things were happening in the story out of sequence (yup a couple more rewrites…LOL). By this point I am wondering if the story will ever get to where it needs to be. With the next reading of the book it had a very finished feel to it. And then I asked my wife to read it…
Terrorists have kidnapped thirty four children in two weeks from across the US. They are the children of the most powerful families in the country. The children were all taken in broad daylight near their school bus stop leaving virtually no clues. The lack of contact from the kidnappers makes the Terrorist Task Force worry about the kidnapper’s motives. The lack of clues and intense pressure from the public and media has frayed the nerves of the leadership of Homeland Security’s Terrorist Task Force. A body is discovered floating in Charleston SC harbor by Ray Gomez, the 13 year old son of Gabriel Gomez, the new Chief of Detectives of the Charleston SC Police Department. As Gabby follows a clue in the murder case she is thrust into a gun battle that leaves a landmark Charleston restaurant littered with dead and wounded. Their only clue is in a locked FBI file. Gabby’s boss, Police Chief O’Malley, battles with the Director of the FBI over the identity of one of perpetrators. Chief O’Malley learns from the Director of the FBI that the violence in Charleston is part of a terrorist campaign. The man that Gabby Gomez killed in the restaurant is the first substantial clue in the kidnapping cases. As the FBI Director briefs Chief O’Malley about the danger Gabby and her son Ray are in from the dead man’s family, a powerful explosion rocks Charleston Harbor. Can Gabby and the Terrorism Task Force save the children from a fate worse than death? McCormick has written a page turner in the tradition of James Patterson, Clive Cussler and Vince Flynn. Terrorists at the Bus Stop is a tightly woven plot filled with intricate twists and turns.