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The Fear Within

The Fear Within

A Thriller

J. S. Law

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A teenage sailor disappears on HMS Defiance, an infamous closed case reopens, and Lt. Danielle Lewis fights for truth and survival in this high-octane military thriller

After events on board the submarine HMS Tenacity, Lieutenant “Dan” Lewis of the Royal Navy’s Kill Team was warned not to pursue those responsible. She should walk away, stop investigating, but her thirst for justice means she can’t let it go.

But even as Dan defies the order, continuing to track a sailor on the run, her investigative skills are needed on a new case. A young naval Wren has gone missing from the warship HMS Defiance. Last seen going on board, but never seen leaving, there is no trace of the girl and Dan must work her way through a web of witness accounts to uncover what might motivate her to run, or what might motivate a predator to take her.

Following in the wake of the missing girl, Dan soon closes in on her quarry, but is forced to question whether she is the one who was being hunted all along.


Sunday, January 25

“Boss, just wait.”

Dan felt her shoulders tense at the name.

There was only one person in the Royal Navy, and possibly the whole world, who called her that and got away with it.


Praise for The Fear Within

“Twisty, suspenseful . . . [The Fear Within] calls to mind Thomas Harris’s The Silence of the Lambs. An independent and capable maverick willing to step on toes to achieve justice, Dan will appeal to Jack Reacher fans.”
Publishers Weekly

“Law draws on his experience as a senior nuclear engineer in the Royal Navy Marine Service to construct a mystery rich with details that offer narrative authenticity. . . . A page-turner with a mystery that thickens as the story unfolds.”
Kirkus Reviews

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J. S. Law

J. S. Law served in the Royal Navy Submarine Service, rising through the ranks to become a senior nuclear engineer. Tenacity is his first novel. He lives in Portsmouth, England.

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