Thursday, August 28, 2014

Facing Justice by Diane and David Munson

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ExFeds, former Federal prosecutor Diane Munson and former undercover Federal Special Agent David Munson draw on their true-life experiences in this debut suspense novel about Special Agent Eva Montanna, whose twin sister died at the Pentagon on 9/11. Eva dedi cates her career to avenge her death while investi gating Emile Jubayl, a member of Eva’s church and CEO of Helpers International. He is accused of using his aid organization to funnel money to El Samoud, head of the Armed Revolutionary Cause, and successor to Al Qaeda. Family relationships are tested in this fast-paced, true-to-life legal thriller about the men and women who are racing to defuse the ticking time bomb of international terrorism. The Munsons’ thrillers are companion books, with characters reappearing in other novels, but each begins and ends a new story.

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The recruiter’s warning from thirteen years ago roared through Eva Montanna’s mind like a flash flood: “Few jobs have mundane moments punctuated by times of terror.” This was one of those jobs. This one of those times. Alert to every sound, Eva did not move and barely breathed. In the decrepit hallway, she turned her thin body to diminish her silhouette, and pressed the white “POLICE” letters on her jacket’s back against the wall.

A faint sound creaked in the distance. She strained to hear. Not footsteps. More like a loose board flopping in the wind. Outside, a storm gathered strength. Eva breathed, but not too deeply. Criminals were hiding in the building. Somewhere. Not knowing where was maddening.

“Come out!” she yelled.

The words ravaged her throat already sore from yelling. Sore from swallowing fear that frayed every nerve, especially after what happened to Jillie. Jillie! Sudden thoughts of her sister’s death rained down on her. Eva gripped her 9-millimeter Glock, feeling something stronger than fear. Bile rose past the curve in her long throat, a mixture of a bad lunch and raw anger. Hers was not a vicious anger. It continued to hurt, like a soft bone that would not heal.

No answer to her call. Experience told her no one would. Eva’s search of the storeroom had turned up only piles of empty crates. She was about to enter another room when the whistling wind blew her blond hair into her eyes, distracting her. Eva could not see! She swiped the hair from her eyes, shoved it behind her ears and into the top of her jacket.

A week ago, Eva had chafed under her boss’s lecture—telling her that she and the rest of the Financial Investigations Group, or FIG, must bring to justice the terrorists who acted as if the whole world was their private Wild West. It was their job, Lou Phillips said. Fresh from a cushy job as liaison to Congress, what did Lou know about what drove her? Or about terrorists? Wasn’t FIG her idea in the first place after she stumbled on the financial records of the Grilled Onion restaurants? Steady as a stalking cat, her weight shifting from one foot to the other, Eva moved toward the door. Large ammo clips drove down black jeans that hung on her hips. With each step, she closed in on her sworn enemy, the ones who cheered the plane that crashed into the Pentagon, killing Jillie. Al Qaeda, the mastermind behind September 11, had metastasized into other terrorist organizations. The Armed Revolutionary Cause was now the primary cancer, sprouting its dangerous cells around the world.

Jillie’s intense blue eyes danced before her. Eva shut her own for an instant. She still struggled with the pain of knowing that terrorists had murdered her identical twin. They might as well have chopped off Eva’s legs or cut out her heart. Inseparable since children, the two sisters shared more than the same features. What one did, the other tried to do. A part of Eva was empty now. There was no solace, no forgiveness. She rarely prayed. Only when Scott got restless over her apathy did she go to church with him and the kids.

Eva paused at the door. If she practiced shooting more, she’d be better prepared today. Instead, the Glock felt foreign, like when she shoved her feet into Scott’s slippers. Until her transfer to FIG nine months ago, Eva lived behind a desk combing through financial records. Trying to catch white collar criminals, she shot her gun at practice four times a year. Now, she and nine agents and police officers were hot on the money trail of terrorists operating in the United States and around the globe.

In the dark hallway, shards of light fought with cobwebs to pierce through the window. It was a strange place to recall what Grandpa Marty had said when she was little and afraid. He held up her pinkie and told her of the Dutch boy who saved the Netherlands from ruin with no more than that. If a small child plugged a leak in the dike, she could bring ARC to justice. It was more than a duty. It was her destiny. Eva vowed to avenge Jillie’s death.

She gripped the gun so tightly it felt like part of her right hand and, taking a deep breath, stepped inside. She was ready to shoot, and would shoot, to save a life. Still, a powerful vise squeezed her chest. A scruffy guy with a sawed-off shotgun whirled to face her!

Eva fired two quick blasts. He fell backward. There was no time to think about what she had done. Others might be skulking in the shadows. She spun left. Blood pounded in her ears. Her eyes swept the room. There was no threat.

Her Glock pointed in front of her, three rounds left, Eva crouched on legs strong from running with Scott and crept to one of two rooms she still had to check. Eva burst through the doorway. Her eyes swept the room. It was empty. She sucked in a short breath, then pounced to the other side of the hallway. The door to the final room was closed. She kicked the wood, near the handle. It flew open. Eva stood face to face with an armed man.

This is it! Her brain told her to squeeze the trigger. But, before she fired the fatal blast, she saw it, on his belt. A gold badge! Eva’s heart thudded. She had nearly shot a federal agent!

A sharp whistle pierced the air. The range master’s voice crackled over a loudspeaker, “Cease firing. Secure your weapon.”

Eva complied with his order, and answered the range master’s question, “Is the line safe?” by yelling loudly, “My weapon is safe.”

He must have heard because he announced to the other agents over a speaker, “You may move about.”

Alone in the practice room, Eva stared at the cardboard federal agent she nearly shot. Its unchanged expression mocked her, and a chill flooded her body. Her specialty was not marksmanship; it was nabbing criminals who hid money. Her shooting was improved, but she had never shot a live criminal. Could she? Was her courage a few minutes ago simply a bravado on the shooting range that would freeze under live fire?

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About David and Diane:
When a millionaire drug-dealer wrote a memoir that became a movie staring Johnny Depp, Diane Munson decided the good guys wearing white hats should be the ones to write memoirs. A former Federal prosecutor, she knew the backstory. She asked David, a former undercover DEA Special Agent, to join her in writing about David’s arrest of Johnny Depp’s character in Chicago and other criminals in what the Munsons call ‘factional fiction’. Now, this husband and wife duo weave the thrills of back alley deals and major courtroom drama into international suspense novels. Diane Munson is an attorney of more than thirty years who transitioned from writing briefs for judges to writing inspiring fiction for readers. David Munson was a Special Agent with the NCIS and with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). As an undercover agent, he risked his life infiltrating international drug smuggling organizations. Diane and David have co-authored together eight suspense thrillers: Facing Justice, Confirming Justice, The Camelot Conspiracy, Hero’s Ransom, Redeeming Liberty, The Joshua Covenant, Stolen Legacy, and Night Flight, their thriller for young adults. Their ninth, “Embers of Courage” releases 12/04/2014.

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DAVID and DIANE is giving away a copy of FACING JUSTICE. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


cjajsmommy said...

My favorite authors and I haven't read this one yet! My dd recently met someone whose mother's name ought to be Eva Montanna. As she was telling me of her friend's mother's exploits (the mom is now retired) all I could think about was Eva. Her stories seem to be straight out of your books (except they happened many years ago). Please enter me in this giveaway. cjajsmommy (at) gmail (dot) com
Deb R.

Carol Q. said...

sounds very interesting. thank you for this chance

Cindi A said...

These are new authors to me but sound quite interesting.
Thanks for the chance to win a copy of their book.


Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Library Lady said...

We have their books in the church library but not this one. Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
Janet E.

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