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Gauntlet by Richard Aaron


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July 2009 Debut of the Month.

Exhilarating Action, clever plotting and a bunch of real characters make this debut simply sensational. It’s a brave author makes an autistic savant the hero of a an action adventure novel but Richard Aaron, whose son is autistic, does and turns what can be a hackneyed genre on its head. Then mix in Drug barons, international terrorists and some blinding brilliant technology and you have a book that could make Richard Aaron the new Clive Cussler or Robert Ludlum. We have heard there are two more in the pipeline and we can’t wait!


Gauntlet by Richard Aaron

A terrorist threat is looming; an attack that would dwarf any other. This time, the government knows it's coming, but doesn't know where… or how.

From a stunning new voice in international intrigue comes a dramatic story of high-stakes missions, treachery, honor, an unlikely hero, and the ultimate terrorist attack…

Six hundred sixty tons of Semtex is detonated in a massive explosion in Libya – the last of a deadly stockpile. The operation seems to have gone smoothly, but within minutes of the explosion, CIA agent Richard Lawrence discovers that one shipment of the explosive was hijacked en route to the destruction point. Days later, a glory-seeking “Emir” broadcasts to the world that he is planning a massive terrorist strike against a major U.S. landmark. And he gives a timeline of one month.

Now a desperate chase covers four continents, as the men bent on attacking the United States use every weapon at their disposal to evade the American authorities. Time and again they prove willing to destroy anything – and anyone – standing in their way. But Hamilton Turbee, an autistic computer mastermind at the secretive and newly created TTIC agency, discovers a way to follow their tracks. His flawed genius gives the nation its only chance at stopping the attack… if the American leadership will listen. As the enemies near their destination, and an attack becomes imminent, it is up to the TTIC team, still without a true leader, to stop the massive explosion that could destroy the lives of millions.

As the world watches in horror, the President asks TTIC two questions…

Where will the attack be?

And can it be stopped…


"First novelist Aaron writes rich dialog and vivid action, not to mention fascinating characters."
Library Journal

“Amazing scope … Richard Aaron gives us a stunning look at what really drives terrorism in a breathtaking thriller that's in step with our fast-paced world … outperforms 24.”
New York Times Bestselling Author David Morrell

"Wow, wow, wow! Gauntlet is a tour de force of exuberant storytelling… the definitive reality-based global thriller. Great suspense, a killer plot, and – amazingly – real characters. An absolute winner." – New York Times Bestselling Author John Lescroart

“Loads of really good writing... Aaron knows his stuff. Gauntlet [is] a damn fine novel.”
– David Hagberg, bestselling author of Dance with the Dragon, Joshua's Hammer, Soldier of God, and Allah's Scorpion

“A good writer [with] a good story takes you to places you haven’t been and introduces you to new concepts, [without] your having to go there and put your own life on the line. Richard Aaron did just that. The plot of his story is riveting... the possibility that this could happen [frightening]. [An] emotionally thrilling novel, well worth the read.” – John Foxjohn, bestselling author of Cold Tears, winner of the Readers’ Award for best mystery

"Wow, what a story! I absolutely couldn't put it down. Can't wait to work on the movie."
– Quay Terry, Hollywood Military consultant, Jarhead, Flags of Our Fathers, Stop-Loss, Wolverine

About the Author

Richard Aaron

A Vancouver attornery specialising in Maritime law, Richard Aaron turned to writing as a means of releasing tension and ended up penning a riveting, contemporary international suspense thriller,

Saying that, as a lawyer, he had actually had decades of experience writing fiction. Aaron still practices law but has two sequels to Gauntlet in the works..

A husband and father with a grown autistic son, Aaron lives in Vancouver with his family and their menagerie that includes dogs and cats.

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Publication date

2nd March 2009


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