What is the book about?The Game of Lies is about former CIA Intelligence Officer Alanna Reynolds' return to active duty, when her CIA mentor and friend is killed while on a critical mission to prevent a rogue cell of the terrorist group Hizballah's acquisition of a tactical nuclear weapon by way of the Russian and French Mafias. In the end, Alanna must save not only her life, but world peace, as well.
Why did you choose The Game of Lies as the title of this book?The intelligence business is a game of lies, and so, the title The Game of Lies was a natural.
How did the book originate?While traveling on horse related business, I often read spy novels. Eventually, I was struck by how all the spy novels I read had a male intelligence officer as the main character. Since, I knew female intelligence officers were an essential part of the intelligence business, I decided I would correct that literary oversight. And so, one fog shrouded December day in Deauville, France, Alanna Reynolds and The Game of Lies were born.
What inspired you to write this book?A client once told me that what I did for a living as an international bloodstock agent was the perfect cover for a spy. I asked him how he new this to be true? He said, "trust me, I do." After doing business with him for several years, I decided he was right, and so, one fog shrouded December day in Deauville, France, Alanna Reynolds and The Game of Lies were born. The Game of Lies was written to honor the women of the clandestine service.
How is this book different from your other book?The Game of Lies is fiction, whereas, Decision for Disaster; Betrayal at the Bay of Pigs is not. Decision for Disaster, which I ghosted, is the true story of my husband, Grayston L. Lynch's, experiences during the invasion of the Bay of Pigs. Noted author Seymour Hirsh has proclaimed Decision for Disaster "the definitive work on the subject," and Ron Howard and Universal Studios have optioned the movie rights.
What do you think will surprise readers most about this book?I think readers of The Game of Lies will be surprised at how easily terrorists manage to infiltrate every aspect of society, and use it to their advantage. And how in intelligence work, people and circumstances are seldom what they appear to be.
What do you want readers to get out of this book?I want readers of The Game of Lies to have a clear understanding and appreciation for the dedication demanded, the risks incurred, and the personal sacrifices made in the performance of their duties by the women and men of the clandestine service, and, also, to enjoy a good story.
Do you intend to write a sequel to this book?A sequel to The Game of Lies is already in the works, as is a sequel to Decision for Disaster; Betrayal at the Bay of Pigs.
Do you see this novel as a potential movie or TV project?The Game of Lies is a very visual novel. It has action, danger, and a great romance, making it a natural for either a movie or TV series. Playing the main character, Alanna Reynolds, who has been dubbed the "thinking woman's James Bond," would be a great screen or television role for the right actress.
What is your favorite thing about this book?My favorite thing about The Game of Lies is its authenticity.
What major theme do you stress in this book?In The Game of Lies the reader is made to understand that terrorism is an ongoing threat to modern societies, and that human intelligence, and the people who provide it, are our first and best line of defense.
Could you, for the benefit of those who have not yet come across the book, give a brief outline of The Game of Lies?The Game of Lies is an extraordinary, authentic spy novel, in which I create a daring, true to life adventure offering the reader a glimpse into the high stakes worlds of espionage and international horseracing. The Game of Lies is the story of Alanna Reynolds, world-class breeder of champion Thoroughbred racehorses and a former CIA intelligence officer, who was once a proficient member of a highly classified and skilled para-military group within the CIA. Alanna's last five years have been spent breeding champion Thoroughbred racehorses in Bluegrass Country. The death, while on a critical mission, of her CIA mentor and friend, Jake Carter, is the catalyst for her return to a deadly game of international intrigue on which the fate of the Middle East rests. Old scores to settle and an old love rekindled weave a web of mystery and romance throughout this exciting thriller.
Do you feel you have more than one voice in this novel?I chose to have more than one voice in The Game of Lies so that the reader can get inside the heads of the major players. Utilizing this technique enables the reader to better understand what motivates that particular character's actions, triggers their emotions, and I feel, generally just gives more depth to the individual character.
What message do you hope to get across in choosing a female heroine as the main character?The message I hope to get across in choosing a female as the main character in The Game of Lies is that women, in their own right, are an essential, valued part of intelligence work. And though Alanna Reynolds is a beautiful woman, it is her skill and intellect in the end that really wins the day.
How did the novel change during its various drafts?As I became more knowledgeable about the workings of the CIA, military tactics, weaponry, the Shaolin Martial Arts, and many of the other aspects of this book, which I had to learn firsthand to ensure The Game of Lies authenticity, the characters acquired more depth, and the story took on a life of its own. In the end, I had a novel in which everything could be done in real life as written. A very satisfying conclusion to long hours of research, consultation, training, and in the case of the martial arts, literally, the school of hard knocks.
What audience is this book directed to?Anyone who loves a good story, whether male or female, will love The Game of Lies.
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