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The Ulterior Motive

The Ulterior Motive

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by Jack Coleston
The fate of the United States hangs in the balance and only a select few can prevent the impending disaster.

Stanley Carmichael is an intelligent and hard-working member of the Central Intelligence Agency. Yet, he never expected to be named Deputy Director of the CIA so soon in his career. Nonetheless, he finds himself stepping into shoes that feel impossible


The fate of the United States hangs in the balance and only a select few can prevent the impending disaster.

Stanley Carmichael is an intelligent and hard-working member of the Central Intelligence Agency. Yet, he never expected to be named Deputy Director of the CIA so soon in his career. Nonetheless, he finds himself stepping into shoes that feel impossible to fill.
Anna Carmichael is a legend. She's one of the fiercest ex-members of the Special Activities Division, where she saw more than enough blood and war for a lifetime. Now, she's still CIA, but stuck behind a desk and bored. Luckily for her, it seems her fieldwork isn't done yet. For as soon as Anna's partnered with rookie FBI Special Agent Blayze Phillips, she realizes his investigation is a lot more dangerous than it seems—especially when it turns its attention to the mysterious Caliph al-Maqasid.
They know that the Caliph spent the last few years successfully uniting fractured terrorist groups in the Middle East. Now he's formed the most well-funded, strategically efficient operation that's on its way to becoming a true global caliphate. But who is the Caliph, really? Why doesn't anyone know anything about this infinitely clever, charismatic, and terrifying man? And what, exactly, is he plotting next?

The Carmichaels will have to work together to find out because the Caliph is about to strike at the heart of America.

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Jack Coleston lives with his wife, Sophie, in Auckland, New Zealand. Coleston recently published his first novel, The Ulterior Motive, a promising Action-Adventure thriller with aspects of historical fiction. If you like realism and suspense then Jack Coleston's writing will release your inner page-turner.

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The Ulterior Motive 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Amys_Bookshelf_Reviews 20 days ago
Triumph of Evil The opening quote, "'The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.'? Edmund Burke" drew me in immediately. Then, I was introduced to Stanley, and the stagnant air of rot and something burned. The senses were in overdrive as I read on. I couldn't stop until I was finished. This book kept me focused on each word, waiting for the next scene. Stanley is one of those characters that become unforgettable. And then there was Anna ... I would give too much away if I commented on Anna. I highly recommend this book and the intrigue will keep you wanting more. Also, take the few seconds more to read the note from the author. I enjoy a glimpse into inspiration from the authors.
ReadersFavorite 3 months ago
Reviewed by Lucinda E Clarke for Readers' Favorite The Ulterior Motive by Jack Coleston was a great read. It took me a few pages to get into the story, but once I became familiar with the characters, I was hooked and I didn’t want to put the book down. The subject is an attempt by a fanatical Sunni Group, led by a Caliph with a grudge against the Americans, to wreak as much damage on the United States by any means possible. The Arabs are incredibly ingenious, planning one incursion after another. There are plenty of twists and turns, but throughout the story we learn the reasons for earlier actions which keep you wondering at first until all is made clear. I’m not going to give away anything here, but the hotel bathroom renovation had me curious for several chapters. We are aware there is a mole somewhere in the CIA, but we don’t know at first who it is. The narrative builds to a satisfying conclusion. This book is right up to date, the events are set in 2014, and the author gives us descriptions of equipment and technology that, if they are factual, lead me to think a lot of research went into the writing. From the information at the end, author Jack Coleston mentions that The Ulterior Motive is the first in a new series, and I, for one, will be looking out for the others when they are published. A great book with believable characters you care about, plenty of suspense and surprises, an easy to read steady flow, and a well deserved 5 stars from me.
Mollien 6 months ago
Heat Level: 0 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 The Ulterior Motive is a well written political drama. It reads well with high action that will keep the reader interested until the very end. If you are anything like me, you will be wanting more of this book because things didn’t really end. The plot of this story is about Stanley Carmichael and his new role As Deputy Director of the CIA. This is a position that he does not feel that he is ready to tackle. Making matters worse the current director does not want him in this position. He had already groomed someone else to become the next deputy director and makes every effort to make that fact known. This story is also about Stanley’s wife. Not your typical stay at home mom. No, Anna is one of the most feared and respected ex-members of the Special Activities Division. Stanley and Anna are complete opposites and very much in love with one another. You can tell that there is hot explosive chemistry between Stanley and Anna. There is no competition between them, just a strong bond that will see them through a very difficult situation. As mentioned this story is full of action. It is very intense. It kept me turning the pages till I hit the end. Now I just want to read more about this couple as they continue to save the world. There are many characters in this story. We get to know a little about most of them. We learn the most about Stanley in this book and what shaped him to be the man that he is today. If this is going to be a series, I would love to learn what makes Anna tic. She really is an amazing character. PLOT 5 Stars CHEMISTRY: 4 Stars PACING: 5 Stars ENDING: 4 Stars CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: 4 Stars Reviewed by Mollien from Alpha Book Club
HumorMyWay 7 months ago
For a debut novel I thought this was really good, the author really put a lot of thought and time into writing this giving you a wonderful mixture of fiction, fact and history. I enjoyed the detail he gave to places it really made them story come alive you have no trouble picturing the scenes that play out before you. I thought this was a very believable story that was very fast paced with lots of action. It is a story that could very easily be taken right from our newspaper. Is a story that kept my attention but at times I was a little confused. There are a lot of characters to keep up with and hard keep them all clear in my mind. At times I had trouble remember who was who and had to back track to keep it all straight. For me it was a page turner with lots of action and thrills for those of us who crave it. I felt the danger and at times my heart beat a little faster. The buildup was great with just enough details to really keep it interesting and the reader invested. There really is not a dull moment throughout the story. Stanley and Anna really have their hands full trying to stay one step ahead of a terrorist group and its mystery leader Caliph. IMJIW is a terrorist group that is spreading throughout Iraq and Syria. Being a big military support myself and being told many different stories from our soldiers that had been in Iraq it was very easy to buy into this story line with a plot that is not only exciting but thrilling. I almost felt I was right there with them. Not only is this group a threat to Iraq and Syria but to the US with our National Security being in danger it is a race against the clock. I thought it was worth my time and really enjoyed the read. For those that like thrillers, adventure and action there is much to enjoy between these pages. You really need to pick a time when you can really focus on the story and play close attention as not to get confused with so many different characters. That is really the only issue I had with this story just too much going on to fast to keep up with. It is a very fast pace and enjoyable read.