19 Angels

19 Angels

by Hoyt Hilsman

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19 Angels is a fast-paced political thriller full of suspense and rich detail by award-winning screenwriter, journalist and political insider Hoyt Hilsman. The author of numerous feature films and TV shows, Hilsman is the son of a top Intelligence official under President Kennedy and has been active in politics and public policy, including running for Congress in California. A regular contributor to media outlets like the New York Times and the Huffington Post, Hilsman brings an inside knowledge of both politics and intelligence that makes 19 Angels a gripping, ripped-from-the-headlines read.

Standing on a windy bluff on the northern border of Israel, televangelist Matthew Vaughn is broadcasting to an audience of millions when he is kidnapped by guerillas from a mysterious terrorist cell. Veteran CIA operative Grant Stearns is thrown into the hunt for the captive preacher, a chase that leads from the deserts of Syria to a remote coastal resort in Albania. But Stearns' biggest challenge is not only to rescue Vaughn, but to battle the forces in Washington and Tel Aviv - a renegade Homeland Security Secretary in league with an ambitious Israeli Defense Minister - who want to exploit the kidnapping for their own political purposes, even if it means provoking a full-scale regional war. Grant Stearns is a different kind of CIA agent - a man for changing times. Stearns understands that it's a tough world out there, but that solid intelligence work can outmatch brute force anytime. With the keen instinct of an experienced hunter, Stearns tracks down terrorists with both guts and smarts. He'll work with whoever it takes - whether it is enemies like the Mukhabarat, the ruthless Syrian Secret Service or improbable allies like RENEA, the Albanian counter-terrorist strike force - Stearns is less interested in appearances or protocol than results. And he's more than ready to take on America's allies or even higher-ups in the United States government if that's what it takes to get the job done. 19 Angels is the first in a series of novels that take Grant Stearns on assignments around the world, from China and Pakistan, to the Aleutians and Madagascar, as he battles not only those who threaten peace, but also those in his own government who put their own greed and ambition above the interests both of their nation and of mankind.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012392633
Publisher: Mentor Press
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 262
File size: 394 KB

About the Author

HOYT HILSMAN is an award-winning writer, educator and critic, and most recently a candidate for Congress. He has written screenplays for studios and television networks, including Disney, Sony, New Line, ABC, NBC and CBS. His television script, Foggy Bottom, based on his childhood in Washington, was honored at the 2005 Slamdance Festival. Mr. Hilsman is a former television and theater critic for Daily Variety and now is a regular columnist for The Huffington Post. He has written, produced and directed several independent films, television series and internet productions.

Mr. Hilsman has also been an active participant in the national political scene and a candidate for Congress in California. Mr. Hilsman grew up in Washington, DC, where his father was an Assistant Secretary of State and advisor to JFK. He has been active in politics ever since, and has worked with various national figures, including President Bill Clinton. He has been an advisor to several Congressional campaigns, was a delegate to the 2004 Democratic National Convention and later ran for the Congressional seat held by Republican David Dreier, Chairman of the House Rules Committee. He is a director at the Hope Street Group, a national, non-partisan policy organization of business professionals devoted to Opportunity Economics, and is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.

As a journalist, Mr. Hilsman has written hundreds of articles and op-eds for national newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, Los Angeles Magazine, Variety, Hemispheres and The National Law Journal. He has also written a number of books on media and politics, including The New Electronic Media. He is a recipient of the Apex Award for Excellence in Journalism and his currently a regular columnist/blogger for the Huffington Post. He recently completed a novel, 19 Angels, a political thriller set in the Middle East.

He has taught screenwriting and playwriting at the UCLA Writer�s Program. His students have written and directed television shows from Everybody Loves Raymond and The O.C. to Law and Order and Dexter, feature films like Twilight and Step Up, and several novels, including This Vacant Paradise, by Victoria Patterson.

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