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Flashpoint Book 3
BY RACHEL GRANT
CIA covert operator Savannah James is after intel on a potential coup in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but she needs a partner fluent in Lingala to infiltrate the organization. Sergeant First Class Cassius Callahan is the perfect choice, except he doesn’t like her very much. He doesn’t trust her, either, despite the sparks that flare between them, fierce and hot. Still, he accepts the assignment even though their cover requires Savvy to pose as his mistress.
They enter battle-worn Congo to expose the financing for the coup. A trail of cobalt, gold, and diamonds leads them into the heart of a jungle in which everyone is desperate to find the mother lode of ore and gems. Betrayal stalks them as they follow the money, but Savvy will stop at nothing to bring down the would-be dictator before he can ignite a firestorm that will engulf all of Africa.
Deep in the sultry rainforest, spy and Green Beret forge a relationship more precious than diamonds, but Cal knows Savvy is willing to sacrifice anything—or anyone—to complete her mission. As they near the flashpoint, Cal will have to save her from the greatest threat of all: herself.
Morning in Nairobi. Cal was in one bed, while Savannah James was sound asleep in the other. Not only did he not hate it, he was glad to be here. Glad to be with her.
But then, deep down, hadn’t he always wanted this? Well, maybe this but with one fewer bed. That wish would be fulfilled soon enough. He rose and pulled aside the curtain. Dawn was breaking over skyscrapers. He loved this city. Loved visiting this part of the world with his parents, who’d traveled here when they were first dating, before they’d settled in the US.
His mother had been the ultimate travel guide, and he could see how much she’d missed her homeland when they’d visited. It had been her first time returning after the horrors of the nineties that eventually led to the overthrow of Mobutu. The years of conflict following Mobutu’s ouster had caused millions of deaths, including an aunt and cousins Cal had never met, yet grieved for just the same.
He hadn’t considered what it would mean to return here on a mission. As a soldier.
Except he wasn’t a soldier. He was a mercenary, and a traitorous one at that. He was a dealer in drugs and wannabe diamond broker. Or at least, that was what he needed everyone to see.
He could inhabit that skin for a few days. For the greater good. They’d return to Djibouti, and his world would be centered again, then a week or so after that, this deployment would end, and he’d leave Savvy and Camp Citron and go home. He’d spend his leave with his parents and two younger brothers in DC, then report back to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, for stateside rotation.
He glanced back at the sleeping woman. How long would she be at Camp Citron? How long were SAD officers deployed before they were called back to Langley? Where would she go from Camp Citron? Back to the US, or another base?
And why the hell was he worrying about where she’d end up?
Because he wanted her and had for months. And he liked her, far more than he wanted to admit to Pax or Bastian or himself. And maybe, just maybe, he wanted more than the fling they almost certainly would have on this mission.
Was that what he’d feared about her all along? That the chemistry between them was a little too hot to walk away from?
Rachel Grant worked for over a decade as a professional archaeologist and mines her experiences for storylines and settings, which are as diverse as excavating a cemetery underneath an historic art museum in San Francisco; surveying an economically depressed coal mining town in Kentucky; and mapping a seventeenth century Spanish and Dutch fort on the island of Sint Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles.
In all her travels and adventures as an archaeologist, Rachel has found many sites and artifacts, but she’s only found one true treasure, her husband, David. They met while working together excavating a four thousand year old site about to be destroyed by the expansion of a sewage treatment plant in Seattle. Despite their romantic first meeting, she has no intention of ever setting a story at a sewage treatment plant.
Rachel Grant lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and children.
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