Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Kirkus Reviews selects DS Kane's Baksheesh (Bribes) as a top book!

I just received another email from the folks at Kirkus Reviews (Anna Cooper):

"I just wanted to send the good news that your most recent review for "Baksheesh (Bribes)" was selected by our Indie Editors to be featured in Kirkus Reviews 10/1 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. "
Note that its predecessor book in the series, GrayNet, was featured in Kirkus Reviews 9/15 Issue.

If you'd like to read the unexcerpted reviews of either book, pick up Kirkus Reviews (

Here is an excerpt of the October Kirkus Review of Baksheesh (Bribes):
“In the fifth installment of the Spies Lie series, former covert operative Cassandra Sashakovich is finally ready to settle down with her family, though a plot to start World War III threatens to pull her back into danger.
At the conclusion of the fourth installment, GrayNet (2014), Cassie had barely survived being shot by an assassin determined to collect a bounty placed on her head. As she recovers both physically and mentally, Cassie, her boyfriend, Lee, and their adopted teenage daughter, Ann, plan for a new life in a new city under new identities. Hopefully, none of their old enemies—many of whom are still hungry for revenge—will find them. Cassie decides to sell her consulting agency, The Swiftshadow Group, to the Israeli mercenary Avram Shimmel and to finally put her obsession with great food to good use by opening a restaurant. Yet an obstacle arrives in the form of Amos Mastoff, the U.S. vice president who becomes president when the president-elect is assassinated the day after the election. Mastoff plans to make Christianity the sole religion in the world by wiping out Israel and rest of the Middle East via a few well-placed suitcase nukes obtained from a Russian arms dealer. The Swiftshadow Group must utilize all of their very special skills to stop Mastoff and his cronies before they wipe out half the world. To do that, they need Cassie’s talents as a hacker. Author Kane shows no sign of running out of wild plot twists and corrupt figures out to destroy Cassie, not to mention the world… readers will be swept away on the tidal wave of sexy, espionage-laced prose...the large ensemble of colorful and incredibly damaged characters… the reappearances of some seemingly forgotten central characters from the pre-Cassie books in the series.”



Saturday, September 26, 2015

A Humble Thank You for the Promo Results for DS Kane's Swiftshadow, Book 3 of the Spies Lie series

From September 21 through 23, 2015, I offered free Kindle copies of DS Kane's Swiftshadow, Book 3 of the Spies Lie series to readers FREE. I am truly amazed at the results, and wish to thank everyone who downloaded the book.

Amazon distributed 7,735 copies of Swiftshadow over the three days. Over 100 of those were paid sales. I am forever in your debt for the popularity of my books. I am especially thankful for the 15,000 of you who already own the two books that preceded Swiftshadow.

Total sales of my books for for this year currently exceed 23,000 copies. My sixth book of the series, ProxyWar, is currently in production and should be available before Christmas. My superb marketer, Rebecca Berus of, is arranging promos for the three books that follow Swiftshadow. And, I'm currently outlining the seventh book in the series. I hope I can retain your interest as the series continues on.

And once again, thanks for your interest in my books.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Swiftshadow, Book 3 of DS Kane's Spies Lie seres is FREE!

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by DS Kane

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When Cassandra Sashakovich, a bright but arrogant economist and consultant, is in Riyadh completing a financial forecasting assignment, her cover is blown by a mole from her intelligence agency. A covert agent whose call sign is “Swiftshadow,” she barely survives an encounter with a hit man and escapes to Washington, where she is fired by her agency for becoming a liability.
Hunted by terrorists who fear she may have hacked details of their pending operation, Cassie must identify the mole and neutralize the terrorists to recover her life. She finds help in the arms of another rogue agent, Lee Ainsley, and learns how to deal with life on the run from a homeless teen, Ann Silbee.
From Riyadh to the halls of power in Washington, from New York’s homeless to Hong Kong’s center of technology, from the remnants of Silicon Valley to Al Qaeda’s Afghanistan, Cassie desperately races against the clock to expose plots by both her own government and the terrorists; an operation that could result in the deaths of millions of Americans. Cassie must come to terms with her own nature, find and use skills she never knew she had.
But even if she survives, will the experience change her into someone worse than those who want her dead? And if she survives is there some way for her to emerge more mature and self-reliant, no longer a naive tool of her country?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The link to Kirkus Reviews September 15 issue...

So, here's the link to Kirkus Reviews September 15 issue where Graynet, Book 4 of the Spies Lie series by DS Kane is one of the featured reviews:

And, if you are two busy to click the link, here's the entire review:


In the fourth novel in the Spies Lie series, an array of foes is still out to kill former covert operative Cassandra Sashakovich, despite her efforts to settle down with her boyfriend and adopted daughter.
At the close of the previous installment (Swiftshadow, 2014), Cassie had successfully overseen the deaths of the two terrorist brothers who had tried to kill her. However, just because Tariq and Pesi Houmaz are dead does not mean Cassie’s problems are over. Her boyfriend, Lee Ainsley, has been sent to Guantánamo Bay under false charges, and while she’s able to blackmail the government in order to free him, her actions don’t make her any new friends. In fact, the president of the United States himself wants her dead. Despite this threat, Cassie attempts to settle down in suburban Maryland with Lee and adopted daughter Ann Silbee, a homeless teenager she met in the tunnels underneath the streets of New York while on the run. Unfortunately, Lee and Ann clash immediately, both still suffering from traumatic events in their pasts. To top it all off, there is a third Houmaz brother, and he wants revenge for his brothers’ deaths. When a call for Cassie’s assassination is posted on GrayNet—a website that allows visitors to bet on life and death with potentially huge payouts—thousands of professional killers and desperate amateurs set out to be the one to deliver her head to Houmaz. Author Kane continues to deliver solid thrills chock-full of international intrigue and shocking ideas that get the conspiracy wheels turning. The addition of Ann to the sprawling cast heightens the stakes even further. Cassie remains a frequently frustrating protagonist; she’s so stubborn and demanding to those she calls friends, it’s a wonder she has any. Yet her ingenuity and will to survive against such insane odds will make readers root for her nonetheless.
Nonstop action and suspense starring the definition of a strong female lead.

Monday, September 14, 2015

DS Kane's Latest News

I just received an email from the folks at Kirkus Reviews (Anna Cooper):

Your review for “GrayNet" was selected by our Indie Editors to be featured in Kirkus Reviews 9/15 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.

If you'd like to read the entire, unedited review, pick up a copy at Kirkus Reviews ( 

ProxyWar, Book 6 of DS Kane's Spies Lie series, is now complete and I've sent it off to the copyeditor. It's looking good to be
available around Thanksgiving time.


With Book 6 out of my critical path, I've started on Cyberthief, Book 7 of the Spies Lie Series.
My research for this one included lessons in Black Hat hacking. It's good to be back to a world I once lived in.