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Gambit

Gambit

Karna Small Bodman

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Karna Small Bodman's first thriller, Checkmate, was praised for its compelling authenticity and page-turning plot. Now Bodman, a former director of the National Security Council, returns with another gripping thriller that reads like tomorrow's headlines.

American planes are being shot out of the sky, and no one knows how or why. Three commercial jets have gone up in flames. In each crash, nobody reported seeing anything in the sky and nothing showed up on the radar. No planes. No missiles.

Dr. Cameron Talbot, a world-famous expert on missile-defense systems, believes that a new stealth technology is being used in these attacks. With the country in a panic and the economy taking a nosedive, the White House orders the beautiful young scientist to protect America's endangered airways. The assignment places Cammy in mortal jeopardy as she finds herself stalked by nameless assassins.

Who is behind the threat? Islamic jihadists? The big drug cartels? None of the usual suspects have claimed responsibility for the crashes. As Cammy races against time to develop a defense against the mystery weapon, she comes to suspect that the downed planes are only the opening gambit in an ambitious campaign of conquest that could change the world's balance of power forever.



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Chapter 1

The VH-71 helicopter dubbed Marine One hovered over the helipad on the South Lawn of the White House. The impressive craft was eight feet wide, twenty-five feet long, and housed a large cabin, galley kitchen, lavatory, computer systems,...

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Praise for Gambit

“A truly frightening story with the crystal ring of truth and authenticity; well written, well plotted, and as topical as a novel can get.” —Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author on Gambit

“Bristling with fascinating insider detail. Gambit is an exciting journey of heart-pounding suspense, steamy romance, global politics, and cutting-edge science. Make yourself comfortable. Order in some food. You're in for a great ride.” —Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Spymaster

“Not only does Bodman know the White House inside and out, but she also knows how to tell a gripping, fast-paced tale of political intrigue filled with the kind of delicious insider detail most other novelists have to make up.” —Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Killer Instinct and Power Play, on Gambit

Gambit places Bodman firmly among the elite writers of political thrillers. Move over Brad Meltzer and David Baldacci. Her lean, driving prose and powerful sense of story make Gambit everything a thriller should be.” —Michael Palmer, New York Times bestselling author of The Fifth Vial

“Intense thrills and chilling terrorist plots highlight this first-rate political spy thriller. Former White House staffer Bodman uses her extensive knowledge of the inner workings of the highest levels of the US government to create a richly detailed, authentic novel.” —Romantic Times BOOKreviews (top pick)

“Bodman brings us behind the scenes of military meetings, boardrooms, and parlors of the Washington power elite as the heroes race against time and terrorists in her thrilling debut novel, Checkmate. Suspense, romance, life-and-death scenarios . . . Checkmate has it all.” —Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of Sweetgrass

“A fantastic first novel by a woman who knows the intricacies of Washington. It will get your heart pumping.” —Vince Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Act of Treason, on Checkmate

“Bodman's years of firsthand White House experience shine through on every page of this fine debut international thriller--authentic, up-to-the-minute, and gripping.” —John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of The Hunt Club, on Checkmate

“A frightening tale that feels both unerringly authentic and frighteningly real.” —Kyle Mills, New York Times bestselling author of The Second Horseman, on Checkmate

About the author

Karna Small Bodman

The Honorable Karna Small Bodman served in the White House for six years, first as deputy press secretary and later as senior director of the National Security Council. At the time of her departure, she was the highest-ranking woman on the White House staff. She spent fifteen years as a reporter, television news anchor, and political commentator in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and New York City.

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