by Dennis Bowen
A violent car crash on California’s PCH.
A plot to achieve world domination.
A nuclear arms-seeking Iran.
At the heart of this conspiracy is amnesiac Magus Crayle.
Crayle becomes the subject in a classified memory-recovery project managed by an off-the-books government agent. Assigned to protect Crayle and stimulate his memory are an FBI agent with baggage and a P.I. with an agenda. Attempts on Crayle’s life begin. The threat escalates. Nothing is what it seems. Assassins chase Crayle and the P.I. from their mountain sanctuary. Crayle is shocked by his ability to employ car racing and martial arts skills. The ante has been raised – more people will die.
Crayle confronts his government handler. A call to Langley, Virginia provides direction. A jet is made available. Crayle and the P.I. depart for the Far East. His first target: Hong Kong stock mogul Chin Yao-wu, a charismatic, sexually deviant megalomaniac who reveals under duress details of their shared past. Another assassination attempt occurs, aligning Crayle with the most seductive of Chin’s lethal “daughters”.
Chin’s intel leads Crayle to Strasbourg, France, a second conspirator, Sylvain Lalumiere, and his small army. The Frenchman views Crayle as a threat – to his plans of conquest and to his life. Few truths emerge. Answers beget questions. Crayle remains confused by his dominant placement in foreign crosshairs.
Magus Crayle must reclaim his life, his memories, and his identity even as he struggles to survive.
pleasured. What he had accomplished at the behest of his government was
monumental. Never before had anyone created a road map for national conquest.
And he had done it not once, but twice.
Coast Highway north of Malibu—some of Southern California’s most beautiful
coastline. The driver had sea waves crashing on his left, a mountain barrier on
his right, and a curving two-lane blacktop ahead. Add the thunder of a built V8
engine, and he was zoned-in.
interrupted the drive. This was the same drive he took anytime he needed to
reflect on a task he had just completed. He’d accomplished the unimaginable. He
had been the Sun Tzu, not of bloody battle, but of bloodless political
A native Californian, Dennis Bowen has a long-standing commitment to international affairs, has traveled to more than 40 countries, and is a member of the World Affairs Council. Add to the mix his classified defense and intelligence community background, martial arts training, sports car track-racing, service with military amphibious forces in a war zone, and playing in rock bands, and it’s not surprising that this eclectic writer pens International Thrillers. When not traveling the globe to conduct book research, he resides on the Southern California coast.