The World of Espionage in the Gabriel Jets Novels
by Jolene Grace
The espionage business is most of the time daring, dark, and complicated. It takes its toll, both on a personal and professional level, for the men and women who keep us safe at home and abroad.
I was drawn to the espionage genre because it’s a challenge. For a book to be successful when spies are involved, the plot has to rely on smart, three-dimensional characters, who are flawed and exhibit human-like qualities, so when my readers are going along an espionage mission they can relate or try to relate to some of the hard choices my characters have to make.
And so it was the case when I envisioned CIA agent Gabriel Jets. I was determined to write him as though he was a real person who had come over to my house one evening after a hard mission and was debriefing me on the classified details. A private conversation between him and me, where only I at that moment had the clearance to be read in.
In a way, as I was writing him and getting to know Jets, I remained focused on allowing him the freedom to speak up, act out, mess up, and turn it around, without judgment, without patronizing him. This was his story and this was the espionage business as seen through his eyes.
Despite the turbulent nature of espionage, despite the near-death experiences he has to overcome, Jets always remains a patriot, a man who has sworn to protect and defend. He believes in the CIA motto: ‘And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free,’ which of course to the rest of us seeing through the looking glass is a contradiction since secrecy is the beating heart of espionage. But to the men and women like Gabriel Jets who do this thankless job, learning the truth, whatever that might be, is a higher calling.
Some of my favorite parts of the book are when Jets deploys espionage tactics to gain the upper hand, to get ahead and to survive. And in a very cloak and dagger style, danger awaits for him at every turn.
About The Book:
CIA agent, Gabriel Jets has one mission: retrieve a video depicting the kidnapping of four U.S. journalists. Instead, he finds Amelia Sinclair, a journalist who is wanted in connection with the kidnappings and a bombing in Syria. Except Jets doesn’t believe she is responsible. He goes dark, abandoning his mission to clear Amelia’s name.Read more about the book
Available in hardcover, trade softcover, and ebook.
Available at Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Books-A-Million, Chapters/Indigo, Amazon, and other fine retailers. Visit BHC Press for more purchasing options.
Read an Excerpt:
Click here to read an extended excerpt from GOING DARK.
About The Author:
Jolene Grace grew up in Eastern Europe and has witnessed firsthand the region’s geopolitical makeover as well as the economic struggles of poverty faced by all, which is a prevalent theme in her writing. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Broadcasting, which fueled her interest in politics. Jolene interned for CBS Evening News, working on the foreign desk at night time and has covered many wars, including the American/Iraq War. A member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, Jolene makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband and children, where she writes full-time. Going Dark is her debut novel in her Gabriel Jets spy series.