The Potomac Enigma

The Potomac Enigma

by JJ Burke


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The President of the United States is abruptly awakened at 2:18 a.m., and summoned to his private study.
Three men are stoically awaiting his arrival. The president's first question is blunt and to the point. "What's up that required my presence at 2:30 am?" Sam Carstairs, one of the three men, is the top man in the White House Secret Service. He's an ordinary man in appearance—average in stature. That's where ordinary ended. He has been in the Secret Service for eighteen years, and his credentials are awe inspiring. When problems arose he would utilize every resource at his command to resolve the issue. This had earned him the nickname "Bulldog."
It was Sam who responded to the president's question. "The news isn't good, Sir. A junior senator has been murdered in his home in Massachusetts." He paused. "It's not the murder, which is unfortunate, but the method and cryptic message scrawled on the murder weapon, 'You didn't listen'."
Sam's immediate assignment—find the senator's killer. Sam doesn't like this new President, which doesn't help matters. Finding the killer, as far as Sam is concerned, is his number one objective. But what does that message mean? Is the killing just a random act of violence or is there more to it? Sam's underlying concern, created by that message, is whether this killing has a deeper involvement. Is there a hidden agenda that might possibly have a direct affect the government or, although an unbelievable stretch of the imagination, the entire nation?
Sam is led on a convoluted trail that offers no clues, but quickly indicates highly trained perpetrators and international ramifications. He quickly brings an old friend—a former Mossad agent, into the hunt. The standard answers to who, what, where, when, and why remain elusive. Sam must proceed with all possible speed to find a solution that is hopefully simple, but appears to grow more complex with each passing day. Time is his subtle, but now very real enemy, and the ticking clock is invisible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781644372463
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Publication date: 01/16/2020
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

I was born in Brooklyn NY, and through subsequent moves spent the majority of my formative years in New Rochelle, NY (Westchester County).
I attended the Philadelphia Textile Institute and have been a prolific reader all of my life. I was first introduced to the joy of free-style writing, and encouraged to pursue it, by my college English Professor. (I should have listened.)
My business career started in the textile industry, which is where my international travels began. These travels covered Canada, Northern South America some areas of Central America, Europe, and a number of Caribbean islands; Cuba being the most often visited.
I wrote for my college newspaper and prepared business advertising copy for local and national printed media. My first exercise in fiction was a demonstrative writing for my older son. I was more than pleased with the results and was “hooked,” but never went any further with writing as a serious pursuit, until recently.
My first work of fiction, The Lethal Fisherman, was released April 29, 2017. This was the first novel of a trilogy. Book two, Scattered Pieces, was released November 11, 2017, and Book three, Blood Money, was released May 26, of 2018. My latest work is The Potomac Enigma, which focuses on the possibility, presented in today’s political climate, of an international takeover of the United States.
I enjoy woodworking, cooking (I cooked professionally for ten years) and when time permits, fishing and travel. A favorite enjoyment of mine is dining out and experiencing new restaurants and cuisines. My wife and I live in southeastern North Carolina.

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