Monday, July 16, 2012

Riveting Summer Read

If you like spy, political-military and intelligence fiction, the newly released suspense thriller, The Right Guard (Foxboro Press 2012) is a fast paced, riveting summer read. Written by first-time novelist Alexandra Hamlet, a defense anthropologist, former defense consultant and an international business and cultural affairs expert, The Right Guard is the winner of three “2012 International Book Awards”--Best New Fiction; Best New E-Book- Fiction; and Winner in E-Book-Mystery/Thriller/Adventure.


When over one million military weapons and equipment are missing from the U.S. military inventories across the country, a CIA operative recovering from wounds is used to flush out a secretive, "phantom" group hostile to a wildly spending, intrusive U.S. Administration. Loyal forces within the intelligence community struggle to learn who is involved and organize counter-moves yet stay undetected. The Right Guard is an exercise in gripping, fast-paced realism that keeps the reader mesmerized through the eyes of those who live in the intelligence world.

When asked about her inspiration for the book, Hamlet says, “It is based on real events and all of the newspaper articles placed in front of the first 32 chapters and the last chapter are real. It is also based on my personal experience and yet…it is a novel.” She added, “Even realistic events in life need to be helped by a good story in a novel in order to make it flow well and observe the techniques of acceptable writing. My personal insight into some intense situations allowed me to present the patriotism, talent, and bravery of America’s military and intelligence members.

The story takes place in the few days between the discovery by the CIA of a massive plot centered on a group that called itself “the Right Guard” and the potential execution of that takeover. There are 2 patriotic groups in this novel. Both think they are protecting the country and the U.S. Constitution. It is up to the reader to decide which way they would go themselves.

Could the events in The Right Guard book really unfold in real life? This book was reviewed by some in the intelligence community and a number of very senior officers at the Pentagon and other military members. Hamlet says, “Some of them gave me quotes which I have included on the cover, but only if I used their approximate titles as some may be still active.” The author added, “I have been told, by senior members of the intelligence community that The Right Guard is more possible today than in the time frame I wrote it—given the similarities in the social, economic, military, and political climates as well as much more improved command and control and communications abilities.”

Hamlet, a Harvard-educated cultural anthropologist, has consulted for the Pentagon and other agencies of the U.S. government. The first of a trilogy, The Right Guard takes readers through the twists and turns of the secretive world of U.S. intelligence as an undercover assignment goes astray. Though set in 1978, The Right Guard resembles the present political and economic climate of the United States. A former CIA Senior Operations Officer calls The Right Guard, “A must read for any spy aficionado!"


For more information go to http://www.alexandrahamlet.com/  and http://www.therightguardnovel.com/

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