I stood still, listening, but the only noise was the insects calling and the blood rushing around in my head. My mouth felt like dry cotton, and I couldn't swallow. Using the shadows of the tall bushes lining the parking lot as cover, I crept toward the disrobing statue, shovel in one hand, paving stone clutched in the other. My feet crunched on the gravel, but the insect chorus in the bushes covered the sound. Moisture made the air heavy, and although the night was cool, I had started to sweat. With each step the paver felt heavier.
This excerpt is from World of Mirrors, which will be published on the Kindle sometime in 2011.
|Proposed Cover of World of Mirrors|
About World of Mirrors:
Zara Gray, a high tech consultant has just done something incredibly stupid. She has allowed herself be blackmailed into going to East Germany to help retrieve stolen state-of-the art software. Her partner in this misadventure is T.K. Drummond, a failed spy and Zara’s ex-lover. Now Zara, who barely speaks “survival German,” must navigate a landscape of sociopaths and unrehabilitated Stasi instead of the plummy assignment she has been promised.
World of Mirrors is set in East Germany on the Baltic coast in the summer of 1990, after the Berlin Wall came down but before the two Germanys were united, during the Year of Miracles. Crumbling old resorts and a classic sailboat serve as backdrops as an international cast of miscreants vies for the digital jewels in this dark but comic adventure with strong elements of romantic suspense. As treacheries mount, Zara and T.K. must rely on a North Vietnamese “guest laborer” to sail them to safety as they play a nautical game of cat and mouse through the shipping lanes of the fog-shrouded Baltic.
Zara is a strong female character who has taken this assignment in a moment of weakness. Not only does she have technical chops, she is the moral center of the novel and the character responsible for getting herself and T.K. out of a terrible jam.
|Some scenes from World of Mirrors use lively Berlin as the settting.|
If you're looking for a good Kindle read with technology, suspense and a touch of romance, try The Shadow Warriors by Judith Copek.