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by Diana R. Chambers
     
 

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A romantic spy thriller with a twist. When a secret shipment of Stinger missiles goes missing near the Khyber Pass, CIA officer Nick Daley becomes entangled in an unusual triangle with a San Francisco journalist and her former lover, now an elusive Afghan leader with a price on his head. They lead us into a realm of intrigue and betrayal, where hidden agendas provide

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A romantic spy thriller with a twist. When a secret shipment of Stinger missiles goes missing near the Khyber Pass, CIA officer Nick Daley becomes entangled in an unusual triangle with a San Francisco journalist and her former lover, now an elusive Afghan leader with a price on his head. They lead us into a realm of intrigue and betrayal, where hidden agendas provide their own kind of veil until the truth is revealed in a shocking climax.

Editorial Reviews

curledup.com
Thick with realistic suspense and political intrigue, Stinger will soon have readers forgetting that it is a fictional tale. Anyone who enjoys strong female characters, romance and stories laced with CIA agents will enjoy Diana Chambers' novel. Journalist Robin Reeves is hot on the trail of a great story, and she has a solid contact to approach—the leader of an Afghan group that the governments would love to get their hands on is her former college lover… Her tenacity in pursuit of the story impresses handsome CIA agent Nick Daley (from The Company She Keeps) while advancing closer to making contact with her ex-lover. Soon, though, she finds that her stroke of luck is far from a coincidence, and that the meddling nature of governments and fanatics has her dancing like a puppet on a string. Chambers keeps readers on their toes with twists that will leave them guessing what is going to happen next, and the ending has a great surprise in store.
Midwest Book Review - James A. Cox
A superbly crafted and highly recommended political thriller, Stinger... is a ripping good novel of page-turning suspense and plot-twisting intrigue.
New Mystery Reader Magazine - Karen Treanor
This book moves fast, hitting one suspenseful peak after another until the final shocking revelation…Stinger keeps readers on their toes trying to keep up with the plot twists. Highly recommended, but not as a bedtime book—not if you want untroubled dreams.
Mysterious Women
A good spy story taking place in a locale and war about which we know little. I found the book compelling, and had to finish it before I could go to bed. The ending surprised me, but I won't spoil it for you by telling.
Oakland Tribune
Creative summer reading (from) Diana R. Chambers…this thriller features CIA operative Nick Daley..., a San Francisco journalist, an Afghan chief, lost missiles and a murder.
CoastViews Magazine
This novel is more than an absorbing tale about drugs, arms, and politics. Stinger is a mix of history, culture… (and) romance. The mystery is who is manipulating whom, and who will get away with it… There are surprises with the turn of every page.
spyguysandgals.com - Randall Masteller
The first book in the Nick Daley series is a captivating and thrilling excursion... When I put (it) down at the end, I had to say 'Wow'. Then I went in search of the next book.
Novel Dialogue - Robby Schumacher-Gulledge
Chambers has done it again with her new spy thriller, Stinger. Twisted tales of deception and wickedly woven webs lure the reader to question not only where the story is going, but their own knowledge of the events unfolding in our world... A great read for men and women alike.
Half Moon Bay Review - Stacy Trevenon
The story spirals into a web of danger in a shadowy world of spies, hidden agendas, veiled identities and finally a shattering conclusion…Throughout the twists and turns, her writing preserves its sharp sense of place and immediacy.
curledup.com/stingerc.htm
Thick with realistic suspense and political intrigue, Stinger will soon have readers forgetting it is a fictional tale. Anyone who enjoys strong female characters, romance and stories laced with CIA agents will enjoy Diana Chambers' novel. Journalist Robin Reeves is hot on the trail of a great story, and has a solid contact to approach—the leader of an Afghan group whom the governments would love to get their hands on is her former college lover… Her tenacity in pursuit of the story impresses handsome CIA agent Nick Daley as she advances closer to finding her ex-lover. Soon, though, she finds that her stroke of luck is far from a coincidence... Chambers keeps readers on their toes with twists that will leave them guessing what is going to happen next, and the ending has a great surprise in store
Deb Killarney
After reading author Diana R. Chambers’ first spy thriller, The Company She Keeps, I could hardly wait for the next installment. The next “installment” turns out to be a prequel, which revolves around CIA operative Nick, a female journalist and a mysterious Afghan guerrilla leader. This plot eases you in with a twisting, turning sequence of possibilities. I say possibilities because if you are trying to figure out the end of this story or even the end of the chapter, you’ll undoubtedly veer in the wrong direction. There are surprises with the turn of every page.

Surprises that begin with the sudden disappearance of a shipment of American-made Stingers. The term Stinger refers to anti-aircraft, shoulder-fired missiles. And everybody wants them—the Soviet invaders, Afghan mujahideen, Pakistani power brokers and Chinese weapons dealers.

Along with the spy-versus-spy story, you learn much about a secret chapter of U.S. history in 1986 West Asia, the political wranglings of the era, Afghan life and the Islamic religion. You will feel the danger in this place that seemed like “the wild west with turbans instead of cowboy hats....” You will smell the rice and smoke fires and hear the sarod. As you can imagine, a love triangle develops between the three main characters. And, you will be shocked to discover who gets the gal in the final chapter.

This novel is more than an absorbing tale about drugs, arms, and politics. Stinger is a mix of history, culture, adventure and romance, its characters locked in multiple roles, intertwining. The mystery is who is manipulating whom, and who will get away with it. A fascinating read.
CoastViews Magazine
Stacy Trevenon
"The story spirals into a web of danger in a shadowy world of spies, hidden agendas, veiled identities...and finally a shattering conclusion."
Half Moon Bay Review
Kathleen G. Geib
"Creative summer reading....A thriller (about) CIA operative Nick Daley...a San Francisco journalist, an Afghan chief, lost missiles and a murder."
Oakland Tribune
New Mystery Reader - Karen Treanor
"This book moves fast, hitting one suspenseful peak after another until the final shocking revelation...Stinger keeps readers on their toes trying to keep up with the plot twists. Highly recommended, but not as a bedtime book--not if you want untroubled dreams."
Mysterious Women - Sara Berger
"A good spy story taking place in a locale and war about which we know little. I found the book compelling, and had to finish it before I could go to bed. The ending surprised me, but I won't spoil it for you by telling."
Oakland Tribune - Kathleen Grant Gelb
"Creative summer reading (from) Diana R. Chambers...this thriller features CIA operative Nick Daley (a character from Chambers' previous book), a San Francisco journalist, an Afghan chief, lost missiles and a murder."
CoastViews Magazine - D. Killarney
"This novel is more than an absorbing tale about drugs, arms, and politics. Stinger is a mix of history, culture... (and) romance. The mystery is who is manipulating whom, and who will get away with it.... There are surprises with the turn of every page."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593303778
Publisher:
Aventine Press
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Series:
Nick Daley Series, #1
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

What People are saying about this

Having (covered) the Afghan war against the Soviets, I certainly appreciated the accuracy of Diana's scene setting, in and around Peshawar and inside Afghanistan itself. Many of the scenes in the book took me right back to the sights, sounds and smells of the place. --Journalist Brock N. Meek
Brock N. Meek
Having (covered) the Afghan war against the Soviets, I certainly appreciated the accuracy of Diana's scene setting, in and around Peshawar and inside Afghanistan itself. Many of the scenes in the book took me right back to the sights, sounds and smells of the place. — Journalist Brock N. Meek
Harold Livingston
"Diana R. Chambers has created a world of breathtaking suspense and action-packed political intrigue. From the blood-soaked mountains of Afghanistan to the story's shocking climax, her characters burst unforgettably from the pages. "
author and screenwriter, Ride A Tiger, Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Richard Rosenbloom
"Stinger is a crackling spy story that takes you from the bazaars of Peshawar to the secret heart of Afghanistan by means of a surprising romantic triangle."
producer, Sinatra, Cagney and Lacey
Charles Benoit
Forget 'armchair adventure'—this is an edge-of-your-seat action thriller. — Charles Benoit, Relative Danger, You.
Peter Falk
"Stinger is a must read, a romantic thriller that grabs you and won't let go. Prepare yourself for a fascinating plot with more twists and turns than the Khyber Pass."
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Lillian Brummet
A romantic spy thriller... thick with realistic suspense and political intrigue, Stinger will soon have readers forgetting that it is a fictional tale. Anyone who enjoys strong female characters, romance and stories laced with CIA agents will certainly enjoy Diana Chambers' novel. Journalist Robin Reeves is hot on the trail of a great story, and she has a solid contact to approach - the leader of an Afghan group that the governments would love to get their hands on is her former college lover… Her tenacity in pursuit of the story impresses handsome CIA agent Nick Daley (who appears in...The Company She Keeps) while advancing closer to making contact with her ex-lover. Soon, though, she finds that her stroke of luck is far from a coincidence, and that the meddling nature of governments and fanatics has her dancing like a puppet on a string. Chambers keeps readers on their toes with twists that will leave them guessing what is going to happen next, and the ending has a great surprise in store. - Lillian Brummet
Van Zandt
Looking for a good read, pick up Stinger by Diana Chambers. With today's headlines in Afghanistan and Pakistan, this is the book of the day... fascinating. A great adventure for men and women. It begs for more. — Sam Van Zandt, South Bay Sunday, KBAY-FM, San Jose
Robby Schumacher
"Chambers has done it again with her new spy thriller, Stinger. Twisted tales of deception and wickedly woven webs lure the reader to question not only where the story is going, but their own knowledge of the events unfolding in our world. Her perspicuous knowledge of current and historical events in Southwestern Asia keeps the reader locked into detailed imagery that doesn’t let go. With "close to home" scenarios, uncommon characters, and steamy trysts this is a great read for men and women alike."
Host of Novel Dialogue

Meet the Author

Diana Chambers was born with a book in one hand and passport in the other. Travel has opened many doors. An Asian importing business led to a Hollywood design career, and later scriptwriting led to novels. She is still smitten with the road not taken, still searching for the perfect suitcase. Her nose is always in a book.

Her romantic spy novel, Stinger, begins near the Khyber Pass as CIA officer Daley becomes entangled in an unusual triangle. In The Company She Keeps, Nick returns to Washington where he recruits a new agent and sends her into a world of danger. Diana is working on a California-Southeast Asia thriller and a true-life historical intrigue set in 1947 Hollywood and India.

Her work has been praised for its riveting plots, unusual characters, and deep sense of place. A member of Writers Guild of America, Sisters in Crime, and Mystery Writers of America, Diana lives in a small Northern California town with her fellow-traveler husband, arty daughter, brilliant mutt, and feral kitty, Marco Polo. For more on her books and adventures, follow her at www.facebook.com/DianaChambersAuthor, www.twitter.com/DianaRChambers, and www.dianarchambers.com.

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