Friday, November 2, 2018

DS Kane's brAInbender, Book 9 of the Spies Lie series cover reveal:

Coming soon: DS Kane's brAInbender, book 9 of the Spies Lie series. Here's the cover:

You can see that the sky is constructed of numbers and there is a giant eye above Ann's figure...

Saturday, July 14, 2018

"PAGE TURNERS" Local Author Event in Monterey on July 15

A Local Authors Book Fest!
Sunday, July 15, 2-5 p.m., Monterey Elks Lodge, 150 Mar Vista
Pre-event presentation at 1 p.m. by DS Kane: How to Write a Thriller
Co-sponsored by Central Coast Writers & Monterey Elks Lodge
FREE PUBLIC EVENT! Come to meet more than 40 local published authors. Book giveaways all afternoon. Wide variety of books available for purchase at “below Amazon” prices: mysteries, memoirs, children’s books, thriller novels, spy stories, poetry, sci-fi! Great chance to pick up books for later gifts.
Come, browse, enjoy!

Monday, March 12, 2018

DS Kane's MindField honored by Kirkus Reviews

I received this moments ago:

David –

I hope your week is off to a good start. I'm writing to let you know that your review for Mindfield was selected by our Indie Editors to be featured in Kirkus Reviews 3/15 Issue. Congratulations! Your review will appear as one of the 35 reviews in the Indie section of the magazine which is sent out to over 5,000 industry professionals (librarians, publishers, agents, etc.) Less than 10% of our Indie reviews are chosen for this, so it's a great honor. I will send you the digital copy when it comes out this week but I wanted to share the news...

All the best, 

Monique Stensrud
Advertising & Promotions Director
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Received yesterday, January 8, 2018...Kirkus Reviews MindField

Kirkus Reviews
BOOK REVIEW of MindField, Book 8 of DS Kane's Spies Lie series
In the eighth installment of Kane’s (CypherGhost, 2016, etc.) Spies Lie series, a hacker and her parents aim to uncover the truth about a CIA conspiracy.

Ann Sashakovich, an 18-year-old Stanford University student and computer hacker, is the adopted daughter of two spies in the United Nations Paramilitary Force, Cassandra Sashakovich and Lee Ainsley. Ann discovers that she has the power to access the internet mentally and turn off “Bug-Loks,” nanodevices that hackers implant in human subjects to collect information. On her first day of her sophomore year, Ann meets the handsome Glen Sarkov and quickly falls for him. He’s the CEO of Mindfield, a startup that’s designing a “nano-firewall” to prevent hacking of medical technology. When a company called InTelQ expresses interest in funding Mindfield, Glen is ecstatic, but Ann believes that he may be in danger. Meanwhile, Ann’s parents need her talents to offset a murderous plan by the CIA. The story features an engaging cast of multifaceted players, including Laura Hunter, Ann’s roommate, who has a dark secret about her mother’s death; Frank Lucessi, an arms and drug dealer; and Daniel Strumler, the newly elected U.S. president who has a reputation as “America’s dumbest presidential candidate.” The story switches between several different characters, which gives readers clear insight into each of their motivations. Ann’s crush on Glen, her frequent texts with her mom, and her focus on her schoolwork are all nice, down-to-earth additions to a high-energy thriller. In addition, Kane’s sharp prose moves the narrative along quickly and leaves no room for dull moments. In one particularly dark scene, a character reflects on murders he just committed: “As he stood up, the dead bodies stared back at him. He took a deep breath to keep their ghosts from causing him to regret what he’d done for money.” Although the mystery ties up nicely, the fates of some characters are still left unresolved, which will either leave readers feeling unsatisfied or hoping for another book in the series.

A fast-paced thriller with an empowered young female protagonist.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

MindField, Book 8 of DS Kane's Amazon Bestselling Spies Lie series just released!

Just released MindField, Book 8 of DS Kane's Amazon Bestselling Spies Lie series, in paper and Kindle formats: 

Did you know that the CIA owned a Venture Capital firm? What's the worst that could happen?

The eighth book in the gripping technothriller series, Spies Lie, perfect for fans who love Robert Ludlum, Lee Child, and Barry Eisler.

When Stanford University sophomore and budding computer hacker Ann Sashakovich meets senior Glen Sarkov, the CEO of a budding new startup, she is smitten. Glen is young, bright, and going places, and his innovative tech startup is seeking money to get them off the ground. But when Glen and his team find a venture capitalist willing to give them money, the offer turns out too good to be true. Worse, it seems the strings attached to the funding are tangled in a conspiracy deadlier than they can imagine…

Meanwhile, the world's intelligence services have all been looking for a less-obvious way to fund weapons development, reaching out to entrepreneurs to help them create new tech. When they find tech capable of being weaponized, they have the creators murdered before taking control of the company for their own use. Now the lives of hundreds of the world’s brightest entrepreneurs hang in the balance, and Glen Sarkov is next on the list to die. Can Ann, Cassandra Sashakovich, and Jon Sommers figure out who at the CIA is ordering these killings, or will the CIA's contract assassins wipe them off the Earth?

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Take a Spy Home for Dinner Event Last Night

Last February, I was "auctioned" to raise money for the California State University, Monterey Bay Scholarship Fund gala black tie dinner, attended by about 400 bidders. The prize was a signed copy of all seven of DS Kane's Spies Lie books, a character named after the winner of the auction in CypherGhost, Book 7, and dinner with me where they could ask me any question that didn't violate the Espionage Act of 1917. I raised over $15,000 in scholarship money.

Last night, I fulfilled that last part of my agreement. Fourteen people were guests at the catered dinner. Here are some photos of the event...