The Bonus Pool
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A Chinese dissident, targeted by his government for assassination, flees to asylum in Paris through a joint effort of the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence and Peter McAllen's InterLynk. A rogue intelligence agent, now freelancing, accepts Beijing's contract to eliminate the man as a threat to Communist regional control. It is an opportunity to damage McAllen's organization in the process.
A pool of InterLynk contributors is exposed, and the life of a man capable of changing the spiritual direction of the world's largest authoritarian regime is on the table. His guardian and her allies must match wits with a ruthless adversary.
The challenge before Boone Hildebrandt and InterLynk Field Operations: find and neutralize a deadly assassin. At risk with a spiritual leader for a movement numbering in the tens of millions is ongoing contributor confidence vital to the existence of the West's preeminent private intelligence firm.
Approx. 85,500 words / 298 pp.
If James Bond and Black Widow had a baby...
I think this is the best InterLynk novel yet. Agent Boone had has become a nicely rounded character, with flaws and strengths, both of which play into this classic spy thriller. If James Bond and Black Widow were to have a baby, it would be Doctor Hildebrant Boone, slick, kick-butt, ruthless, flawed and vulnerable.
Like all of Dale Amidei's novels, the protagonist goes through a crisis of faith after the loss of her lover in the prior novel, but it's handled subtly in the form of Lin, a Chinese dissident Christian who Boone is assigned to smuggle out of the People's Republic of China and keep alive long enough to be offered asylum. In addition to new enemies, an old enemy crops up as well, now a hired gun, to prevent that from happening. No moustache-twirling villains here, you can feel Yameen's hatred, his motivation, his bloodlust and his greed. The plot twist with the hackers is absolutely brilliant. You'll never feel the same way about your banking transactions again.
This book has a hilarious episode at the end which I won't spoil, but let's just say, don't mess with Boone, and don't mess with her friends!