From Russia Without Love by Stephen Templin
Stephen Templin’s new thriller, FROM RUSSIA WITHOUT LOVE, is out today. Enjoy an excerpt below and comment for an entry to win one of five e-book copies of this thriller.
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London. Chris quickly put on a tie and a suit jacket and bolted downstairs, each step causing his shoulder and ankle discomfort. When he reached the bottom, he proceeded out of the building at a businessman’s pace, ignoring the pain.
Blend with your surroundings. I am a businessman.
As he walked, he took a deep breath to calm himself. Breathe. He took another. He wanted to call Hannah and tell her what he was doing, but he didn’t want to risk drawing Business Tourist’s attention.
Business Tourist wasn’t in front of UKP anymore, and Chris had to restrain himself from cursing out loud. But then the man appeared, strolling northwest on Charles II Street. Chris followed, on the opposite side of the street, keeping at least two people between himself and his target. The bustling crowds that worked to Business Tourist’s advantage for blending in and moving also worked to Chris’s advantage. Even so, tailing a moving subject on the street would be more challenging than sitting in an office observing the area round UKP. Now, not only did Chris have to keep up with his target, he also had to avoid being detected by him.
At the corner, Business Tourist looked both ways before crossing. It was possible he was just an average citizen trying to be safe, but if he was trained in countersurveillance, he’d use the technique to discreetly check for a tail. The subject crossed the street—if Chris suddenly crossed the street at that moment, he would mark himself as possible surveillance. However, the man had traversed over to the same side of the street as Chris.
So far, so good.
Even though Chris’s thought process was calm, his heart raced and his skin became hot.
After passing Regent Street, more people were dressed casually, mixing with those in business attire. Business Tourist stopped at a number ninety-four bus stop and stood in line for a red double-decker bus. Chris’s pulse kicked into hyper drive. It would be too much of a coincidence for him to stand in the same line, and walking past would give his subject a close-up view of him. But crossing the street, away from the target, would be marked movement.
Chris chose the lesser of the tactical evils and walked past Business Tourist, managing to keep one person between them. Now Business Tourist was behind him. He would be able to see Chris, but Chris couldn’t see him. Chris faced straight ahead, but his eyes frantically searched the environment for something that would allow him to avoid the appearance of loitering, but not so far away as for Chris to lose the opportunity to resume tailing the man.
From Russia Without Love Synopsis
SEAL Team Six veteran Chris Paladin left the Navy to become a pastor, but CIA spook Hannah Andrade pulls him back into Special Operations Group to locate the White House Chief of Staff’s kidnapped son-in-law before he is executed by Greek terrorists. Cantankerous Army Delta Force operator Sonny Cohen reunites with Chris and Hannah as they race the clock to save the hostage.
In Athens, Chris and his teammates discover that Russia is secretly behind the kidnapping, part of a murderous plan to attack the flow of natural gas in Europe. The Cold War has heated up again.
Chris and his crew’s rescue quickly changes into a mission to capture-or-kill a Russian spy.
Who is Stephen Templin?
Since elementary school, STEPHEN TEMPLIN felt a need to write, dreaming of becoming a novelist, and now he is a New York Times and international bestselling author, with the movie rights to one of his movies purchased by Vin Diesel. Steve’s books have been translated into thirteen languages. He is a “hybrid” author who maintains active book contracts with top publishers such as Simon and Schuster and St. Martin’s Press while also publishing independently.
After high school, he completed Hell Week, qualified as a pistol and rifle expert, blew up things, and practiced small unit tactics during Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training. Later, Steve left the Navy and became a missionary. Then for fourteen years he lectured as a tenured professor at Meio University in Japan, where he also practiced the martial art aikido. Currently, he lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
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