The Riviera Contract

The Riviera Contract

by Arthur Kerns

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The Riviera Contract by Arthur Kerns

"Deftly plotted and compellingly readable, Kerns takes his readers into the shadowy world of international terrorism. Hayden Stone is a character worth rooting for, and Arthur Kerns is a talented storyteller. I'm looking forward to a movie and a sequel. A stellar debut." —Sheldon Siegel, New York Times bestselling author of Perfect Alibi

"THE RIVIERA CONTRACT is a modern thriller that echoes today's headlines. Populated with fascinating characters and tightly plotted with twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end, this first-rate debut novel plays out along the French Riviera and digs deeply into the inner workings of counter-intelligence and international terrorism. A must read." —D.P. Lyle, Macavity-winning and Edgar- and Agatha-nominated author of the Dub Walker Thriller Series

"Arthur Kerns draws from a career in counterintelligence and counterterrorism to write nonstop action and create an irrepressible hero in Hayden Stone. The setting is beautiful but the risks enormous and Stone either makes the right decisions quickly or dies. If he dies, so will many others and as the plot escalates and builds toward that moment the tension rises, and then rises again." —Kirk Russell, bestselling author of the Inspector Ben Raveneau mystery, Counterfeit Road

In early 2002, six months after the World Trade Center attack, Hayden Stone who took early retirement from the FBI, is working for the CIA. On his last assignment to Afghanistan a colleague is killed and Stone blames himself for his death. A friend in the upper ranks of the CIA offers him an assignment to the South of France. Stone accepts, thinking this is exactly what he needs to get his life back on even keel: French life on the Cote d'Azur. Well, he's in for a surprise. He has little time for the Mediterranean ambiance, as two terrorists, acting separately, attempt to murder him. Meantime, Stone meets an old love, a contessa, who he had seduced and abandoned years before.

Through a series of setups and encounters, Stone learns that a brutal Middle Eastern terrorist is in Provence to deliver a strain of the Ebola virus to major U.S. cities. At the same time, the CIA and French intelligence have targeted a seriously ill al Qaeda functionary who is seeking medical attention in Nice. Complicating matters still, a Saudi prince and his son-in-law on a yacht off Villefranche are assisting this al Qaeda figure. They lease the contessa's palace so that, without her knowledge, doctors can administer to the functionary. Stone romances the contessa who loves him, but doesn't trust him and with cause, for he also has become fond of a young French researcher, who secretly works for French Intelligence.

Stone certainly has his hands full.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626811294
Publisher: Diversion Publishing
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Series: Hayden Stone Thrillers Series , #1
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Arthur Kerns joined the FBI with a career in counterintelligence and counterterrorism. On retirement, he became a consultant with the Director of Central Intelligence and the Department of State, which took him to over sixty-five countries. His award-winning short stories have been published in a number of anthologies and he has completed a mystery based on the unsolved 1929 murder of an FBI agent in Phoenix. His book reviews appear in the Washington Independent Review of Books . Diversion Books released his debut thriller, The Riviera Contract , the first of a series.

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The Riviera Contract 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ThisArthur Kerns has made his major novel writing debut with a big splash, Riviera style. Through the eyes of Hayden Stone, a former FBI agent who, as a CIA operative, accepts an "easy" undercover assignment to the French Riviera, we find this idyllic locale can be less than compatible with a healthy lifestyle. Confrontations with international terrorists pose a deadly threat while the renewal of a 20-year-old romance with a contessa provides an interesting diversion. It is clear that Kerns personal experience as an FBI agent and CIA consultant has given him insight into the workings of counter espionage. Intrigue. Suspense. Action. Romance. The Riviera Contract has it all
rampi8186 More than 1 year ago
Tom Clancy and Ludlum fans will enjoy this tale written by a former FBI agent. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not the first debut I've read, but it happens to be my first e-book, and I couldn't have made a better choice. They say that authors write what they know, and Art Kerns' experience in this field becomes quite evident from the beginning. His main character, Hayden Stone took me places both geographically as well as in the human perspective that I would not otherwise have been to. I suspect (and hope) that this is only the first of a series. My one regret is not having a hard copy for my collection, or a place for the author's signature. Nonetheless, I'll be back for future (hope, hope) installments of Hayden Stone, even if they remain only in e-book format.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this novel. The writer really captures the flavor and mood of the French Riviera. Lots of action, but the love scenes are really very Mediterranean. The Countessa  is really an interesting character. The villain was different, sometimes I really liked him. The hero Hayden Stone is really an enigmatic. This would make a great movie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I expected this book to be fun to read, but it was much better than I had hoped for. It's one of those books I'd like to share with friends, but it's a little harder to share a book that's available only as an Internet offering. If I had a hard copy, I'd be sharing it with lots of people so that when Mr. Kerns's next book comes out, people would be anxious to go buy their own copies. This book is a great first novel that will appeal to a wide audience, but most of all to people who like reading stories of intrigue. Thanks for offering it, even if only in the ether version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Riviera Contract is the first book of this highly enjoyable new spy thriller series. Hayden Stone is fantastic, and not to be missed if you are a fan of the genre! I look forward to reading the third and subsequent installments.