Thursday, March 24, 2016

If You Write It, It Will Happen

Yeah, I know, this sounds like a sci-fi or fantasy logline. Especially since I write fiction.

But, don’t turn away yet. I have a story to tell and I think you might find it fascinating.

When I started writing the Spies Lie series, the first book was based on a news story I saw on television. After the end of the Soviet Union, the Russian Mafiya sold old cold war weapons to terrorists. This became the backstory to Bloodridge. Nothing forward looking here, just another bank that resembled the Bank of Credit and Commerce International gone amok and a surplus of weapons. Remember Clive Owen in the movie The International? Remember Nickolas Cage in Lord of War? Well, that’s Bloodridge’s backstory. The protagonist is a much better story and one I am intimately familiar with in a non-fiction setting. It made for a good read.

Then I wrote DeathByte, about nano-tech development. A microscopic device that can be swallowed and transmits what you see and what you hear. I made it up, although I have some contacts who stated that someday this weapon would become real. Just after the book was published, I learned that the weapon might already exist. It disturbed me that I might have actually divulged a tech being used in the field, but it was too late to unwrite the book.
Swiftshadow was about a spy whose identity was divulged by a mole from her own agency. After I finished the book but before it was published, Valerie Plame had her career as a spy blown to bits by a member of the Bush administration. I began to wonder it I was writing things before they actually happened.

GrayNet is just a good story about a spy who attempts to leave the business. Very hard to do, but no blowback from this book on reality as we know it. I relaxed, thinking it was just my imagination that I was prescient.

But, Baksheesh (Bribes) was about a religious fundamentalist who becomes President and decides to eliminate all Muslims and Jews by starting a war. I wrote it several years ago, and it was released last November. If you read it, Baksheesh may very well have you waking up in the middle of the night screaming. Trump? Cruz?

The most current book in the series is ProxyWar, about Russia and China’s reactions when the US Congress renegs on all our foreign debt. The result is a planned invasion of the United States. Sheesh, I hope I’m not writing the future before it happens.

The book I’m writing now is about a war between our government and hackers. Already happening.

The one thing that makes this a bit less scary is that the political and technological land I depict is designed to be similar to the real world we all live in, so maybe the similarities can be excused as plot points. Then again, maybe not.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Kirkus Reviews highlights their review of DS Kane's ProxyWar, Book 6 of the Spies Lie series

This morning, Friday, March 4, 2016, I received an email from Crystal Timbeross of Kirkus Reviews (

Hi David,
I hope you are well since we last spoke. I'm following up to let you know that your review for “ProxyWar" was selected by our Indie Editors to be featured in Kirkus Reviews 3/1 Issues. Congratulations! Your review will appear as one of the 35 reviews in the Indie section of the 3/1 Kirkus Reviews 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.

On page 154 of the March 1 issue, Kirkus Reviews highlighted their review of DS Kane's ProxyWar, Book 6 of the Spies Lie series. For your convenience, I've embedded their review below:

Kane, DS
The SwiftshadowGroup, Inc. (338 pp.)
$15.99 paper | $3.99 e-book
Nov. 27, 2015

In the sixth book in Kane’s (Baksheesh Bribes, 2015, etc.) Spies Lie series, a motley crew of spies, hackers, and mercenaries unite to stop China and Russia from declaring war on the United States.

Former Mossad spymaster Yigdal Ben-Levy is dying of cancer, but he refuses to live out his remaining days in a hospice. Rather, he’s dead set on getting from Washington, D.C., to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, so that he can warn its members of a plot cooked up by Russia and China to attack America. What’s bad for the United States is bad for Israel, and Ben-Levy refuses to die with his beloved country in limbo after devoting his entire life to keeping it safe. In order to make it to the U.N. without getting killed by Russian and Chinese assassination squads, he calls on Jon Sommers, a former Mossad recruit who’s now working as a banker in New York. Sommers is furious with Ben-Levy, who’s responsible for the death of his fiancĂ©e, but when the dying man calls on him in his hour of need, he reluctantly agrees to help. He teams up with Israeli-soldier-turned-mercenary Avram Shimmel, expert hacker William Wing, and former covert operative Cassandra Sashakovich, a Russian, to get the job done. The strengths of this thriller are its lack of especially graphic violence and relatively straightforward plotline, both of which make it more accessible than previous installments. Other Spies Lie stories occasionally got so complicated that it was difficult to keep track of whom to root for. The story here essentially boils down to a long chase scene, packed with action movie set pieces that wouldn’t be out of place in a Michael Bay film. Kane neatly ties up all the loose ends left over from the roller-coaster story arc that began in Bloodridge (2014), while also setting up Jon, Cassie, Avram, William, and company for further adventures together, which will please fans and give newcomers an opportunity to enter this addictive fictional world.

The latest adventure in a series that only grows more engaging with each installment.” — Kirkus Reviews