by John David Bethel


by John David Bethel



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Trey Manning knocks on the door of a darkened home in the suburbs bordering Washington, D.C. attempting to return a lost wallet. He doesn't notice that the car parked in the driveway holds the shattered body of Warren Tillidge, son of Paul Tillidge, patriarch of one of the nation's most respected families; the capital city's ultimate power broker; former Senator and once close friend of President Peter Dottier.
The murder sweeps Manning into the inner circle of the influential Tillidge family, where the prospect exists that an investigation of the death of the younger Tillidge could uncover secrets that will ruin the family name and also bring down the presidency. Long knives are unsheathed to derail the investigation.
This is only the beginning of circumstances that upend life for Trey Manning.
Just a few months after graduating from Georgetown University, he has landed a coveted position at the U.S. Small Business Administration. In short order, circumstances there pull him into the netherworld of politics that threaten the reputation of the senior leadership at the SBA, and Manning becomes the key to their survival or demise.
The consequences of the political double-dealings infecting the SBA spread from this small, sub-cabinet agency into the hallways of the West Wing. These events come under the watchful eye of Joe Pennington, the cunning and amoral White House chief-of-staff, who must work his magic to contain any spillover from the agency into the White House.
Embroiled in this swirl of human tragedy and political intrigue, Manning must quickly shed his naivete and develop a toughness if he is to survive amongst the most powerful forces in the capital. This is a world where no one gives up influence or prestige without blood being spilled.
Sirens takes the reader into the inner sanctums in Washington, D.C. and reveals the city's dark underbelly where power and influence are the lifeblood sustaining a vast empire of politicians – the vested interests that allow them to survive – and the huge, gray, faceless, unelected bureaucracy that keeps the machinery of government humming.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161643358
Publisher: Two Dog Publishing
Publication date: 08/06/2018
Series: A Washington Trilogy , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

J. David Bethel is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. He has been published in popular consumer magazines and respected political journals. He is the author of Evil Town, a novel of political intrigue, and Blood Moon, a psychological crime thriller inspired by a true story of kidnapping, torture, extortion and murder.

Mr. Bethel spent 35 years in politics and government. He served in the Senior Executive Service as a political appointee where he was Senior Adviser/Director of Speechwriting for the Secretary of Commerce; directed speechwriting offices for other Cabinet officials, serving as Chief Speechwriter to the Secretary of Education; and lead speechwriter in the Department of Transportation's Office of Policy and International Affairs. He also served as press secretary/speechwriter to members of U.S. Congress.

Mr. Bethel works as a media consultant for a number of prominent communications management firms. He writes speeches, opinion editorials and Congressional testimony for CEOs of the nation?s largest corporations, including the Hilton Hotels Corporation, and Royal Caribbean Lines. His op-ed pieces have appeared in The Washington Post and other prominent newspapers around the country.

J. David Bethel graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors from Tulane University and lives in Miami, Florida.
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