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Victor in Trouble


When case officer Victor Caro arrives in Rome for his retirement tour, he and his family anticipate a three-year joy ride filled with good food, even better wine, and all the cultural wonders the Eternal City has to offer. But when Russia’s intelligence services help install a new American president, Victor finds himself in a national security nightmare. He and his team must race from Rome to Moscow to Washington, fending off an American senator clamoring to ride a Russian bear and a Russian honeypot who shoots guns in stiletto heels. At the same time, scooter-riding assassins are threatening his source, who infiltrates a family values conference packed with prostitutes. All the while, a massive disinformation machine funded by an oligarch with yacht envy wreaks havoc around them. Can Victor protect his source but still battle the bureaucrats breathing down his neck? And can he protect America from a president who shares his intelligence briefings with a Russian matryoshka doll? Victor quickly realizes there will be no coasting to the retirement finish line. This tour is going to be trouble.

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Victor in the Jungle

Case officer Victor Caro is back, and he’s brought the whole family along this time. On assignment in South America with his wife and young son, Victor must break up an alliance between one country’s charismatic autocrat and a narco-trafficking revolutionary group in the country next door. As the group’s support for the increasingly dictatorial leader grows, Victor enlists the help of a colorful group of CYA colleagues, along with his own family, to neutralize the threat. As they manage sources in the Amazon and diktats from Washington, Victor and his team witness how populism can drive a wealthy countryinto an unstoppable downward spiral. It’s a jungle out there, but it will make for one hell of an adventure.

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Victor in the Rubble

Victor Caro is a counterterrorism officer with the CYA, caught in a world where job security trumps national security. On assignment in West Africa in a post-9/11 world, he is tasked with hunting down the terrorist Omar al-Suqqit, who is looking to launch his group of ragtag militants onto the international jihadi stage. But chasing a terrorist proves an easier challenge than managing his agency’s bureaucracy. Omar, meanwhile, faces his own bureaucratic struggles as he joins forces with a global terrorist group that begins micro-managing its franchises in an effort to streamline attacks. When Victor appears on his own country’s Terrorist Watch List and Omar finds himself struggling to write “Lessons Learned” in the suicide bomber program, they each realize they might have a common enemy: red tape.

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