One man on a decades old mission. A woman who hunts him. And the bullet they share.
2016 Great Midwest Book Festival — WINNER 2016 Book Excellence Awards — Finalist Suspense 2016 Hollywood Book Festival — Honorable Mention 2016 Northern California Book Festival — Honorable Mention 2015 International Rubery Awards — Fiction Short list 2015 International Book Awards — Finalist 2015 Beverly Hills Book Awards — Finalist
Joe Klingler’s acclaimed debut novel explodes from the remnants of a war long past to headlines of Washington secrets masquerading as corporate incompetence when two modern-day warriors face off. Both skilled at violence. And deception. Both accustomed to winning.
Summer greets the land of the midnight sun as a lone rider races across the last American wilderness, delivering on a promise he made long ago. He has many names, but the world only knows a shadow called the Demon.
Claire Ferreti, an Army sniper soon to be drawn into a black-ops mission, sips sake in Washington D.C. with her lover, a young, ambitious General whose geosecurity specialty remains classified. When a boy finds a small machine, Claire and the Demon embark on a collision course that leads to a test of skill, a clash of ideologies, and Claire’s unconscious body lying in a typhoon-ravaged jungle. In that instant she becomes the hunted, the Demon’s tool for survival, and an unforeseen threat. As the General pursues them into a labyrinth of cyber-secrets, political necessity and financial reality collide like a fireball piercing steel.
Praise for RATS
“Joe Klingler’s novel is an intelligent, non-stop page turner. Klingler knows his technology, but also knows how to bring out depth in characters, major or not.”—Manhattan Book Review (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
“A nuanced techno-thriller with both brains and brawn.”—Kirkus Reviews (Recommended list)
“Dramatic, vivid, evocative, and perfectly detailed.”—SF Book Review (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
“Klingler’s debut offers a deep logistical jungle sure to entertain buffs and newcomers to the techno-thriller genre. Throughout, he displays fierce writing chops. Short chapters balance action and subterfuge with political thought targeted keenly at modern drone warfare.”—Kirkus Reviews (Feature of the Month 2014)
“Not once does [RATS] lose any of that kinetic energy so artfully harnessed in the first chapter.”—Literature Typeface
“This is a good, well written page-turner, written with staccato prose and sharp scene-setting…The plot is complex and well controlled.”—Rubery Book Awards
“Fans of international thrillers and espionage books will enjoy this novel.”—Foreword Clarion Reviews (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)