My August spotlight is shining on George Nagle, a charter member of Mystery Authors International.
George is the 3rd of 6 children and grew up in western Pennsylvania. He earned his BS in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh, his MSc in Biology and his MBA in Marketing and Management from Duquesne University. He is also a Master 5th degree black belt in the art of Taekwondo with Young Brothers in Pittsburgh. He currently is a global marketing and strategy professional in science industries. He also has one son, Matthew.
I read and reviewed The Life We Lead: Ascending a few months ago, and was interested in learning more from George about his inspiration for what he anticipates will be a three-book series.
George: The series was inspired by real life events and has been 25 years in the making.
GW: Intriguing. How would you describe the genre?
George: Ascending is a spy novel with lots of twists and turns that can make you laugh, cry, and feel the characters outrage and their love.
GW: So, there’s also some romance woven into the plot, à la James Bond?
George: There is a romantic sub-plot. However, my series is based on real-world spying, so the far-fetched gadgets such as those found in James Bond movies won’t be appearing.
GW: No flying cars or death-defying stunts at 25,000 feet?
George: Afraid not.
GW: Would you care to elaborate on the premise for your series?
George: The Life We Lead follows the life of James, the main character, as he battles criminal syndicates while trying to have a normal life. At 425 pages, Ascending is the shortest book in the series, and serves as the introduction to James, Carissa (the group to which he belongs), and a whole cast of other characters.
GW: Finally, I believe you have some exciting news to share.
George: That’s right. The audio edition of The Life We Lead: Ascending will be available within the next few days.
GW: That is exciting news, indeed. And, I understand you chose to narrate the book yourself. Congratulations on your achievement, and thank you for sharing your story with us.
The DEA, FBI, and CIA have failed for years to bring down the Spara family, who control the world’s largest drug cartel. A secret society of spies whose members are under the age of 25 will try to succeed where the government has failed.
At only 21 years old, James is the most skillful member of this society. His new target is the Spara family. Through their relationship with Russia, the Sparas are the largest distributor of heroin in the world. While beginning his investigation in Russia, James inadvertently saves the life of a former KBG officer who has a connection to the Tan family. This connection leads James farther into the heart of the criminal cartel. However, the Tans have a dark secret of their own, which could jeopardize James’s perfect record and his tenure as a spy as he struggles to do what is right while protecting his family, friends and the love of his life.
Excerpt from Chapter 3
(James and Daen capture Nikolias after Petior has been abducted)
“You are our prisoner, but you are a captive of whatever group you…” Daen began, but Nikolias cut him off.
“What makes you think I want to leave?” growled Nikolias.
“When you help us, your bosses will not be too happy with you. You and your cousin will need to leave to survive,” replied Daen.
“So he says,” Nikolias said curtly, with a head gesture towards James.
“What did he say? Why did he just do that?” asked James.
“Sounds like he doesn’t feel the need for our help. It seems he doesn’t want to, or have a reason to leave,” Daen replied, a puzzled look on his face.
“I am no traitor, and I will die to help our fraternity and country. I am loyal and believe in things, unlike you American dogs,” Nikolias stated in English.
James bowed his head, closed his eyes, and rubbed his left temple for a moment with his left hand. He dragged it down his face before speaking again.
“Okay, tell us what the fraternity’s cause is. What’s so special about it that you’re willing to risk your life, your cousin’s life, because someone felt I disrespected them near a train?” asked James.
Nikolias laughed. “We know you’re looking for drugs. You feel drugs are not disrespectful and destroying. You think we do not know that is why you are here? We see you peoples, and how you treat us. You all deserve death for your exploits on us, and our children.”
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