From New York Times bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole comes the first in a brand new series of stories set in a world very close to our own, and yet so very different. In the world of Homeland Security Services, the 1993 attack on the Twin Towers brought them down, killing over 60,000. In response, American ratified the Patriot Amendment to the Constitution and went to war with Al Qaeda. In 1996, terrorists attacked the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, wiping out the left wing of American politics and vaulting Newt Gingrich into the White House.
Miracle Dunn has just joined the elite Homeland Security Services. On her first day she catches two cases. The first is a seemingly simple murder of a drug company employee. The second is a twelve year old murder discovered because of the first; the resolution of which threatens the leadership of one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies.
The world of HSS is one filled with many secrets, and just as many ways of ferreting them out. For Miracle Dunn, the question is how far can someone go to protect people who truly have no clue as to how much danger is lurking out there.
"Michael A. Stackpole is incapable of writing a book that isn't imaginative and intelligent." — Stephen R. Donaldson
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Perfectly Invisible is a lot like watching an episode of CSI or Law & Order. The reader follows the journey of the good guys investigating a crime, shifting through the clues and witnesses, and putting all the pieces together to nail the bad guys. All the cop drama, wit, and twists you would expect to see are there. Yet there is a small twist that makes everything a bit more interesting. Homeland Security Service agent Miracle Dunn is the star, but it takes the efforts of her entire team to crack the case they get put on. Dunn is the investigator, Austin Brand is the information guru whose skills excel at weeding through the data for relevant info. Then there's Thom Carrollton, a well mannered, well dressed agent who could be a perfect fit for a rich snob character. Yet he's just as much a member of the team as anyone else, and his cool manner makes him perfect for handling delicate interviews or intense interrogations. Last but not least is Fyn. Fyn is the bad to the bone, don't mess with me, ex-military agent who brings out the big guns. When there's trouble, Fyn is the one the team can turn to and rely on to take care of business. All of the characters have memorable parts in the novel. Overall it's an enjoyable story and a fun way to spend a couple evenings. Stackpole takes the standard detective tale and spices it up by placing it in an alternate, historical reality where the US has become a big brother nation ruled by fear...and the HSS. And to top it off, the last page of the story opens the door to a far larger world.