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"Author K. A. Bachus has given readers a fabulous addition to
the Charlemagne files and I loved every moment of the ride. This is
espionage and a true thriller at its best. The plot is riveting and
packed full of action on every single page. The story is extremely
well-developed and the pace is perfect - there are no points where
things slow down to the point of wanting to skip a page - I was
glued to the story throughout. It is full of many twists and turns
that will keep every reader on the edge of their seat as they wait
to see what happens next. In addition, these characters are very
well-written. From the heroes to the villains (and sometimes it is
a little hard to tell which is which), each of them is perfect.
They all, also, have imperfections, which makes them come alive.
Add in the dialogue that is quite realistic and you have the
perfect mix to make a believable story.
"Goat Rope is definitely
a book that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a great thriller
that is packed with action, spies, and an excellent storyline.
Because this is book 10 and the first one I have read, I must say
that I am hooked and will be going back to read the other books in
the series - I want to learn more about this group of government
agents known as Charlemagne. — Kathy Stickles for
"Author K. A. Bachus has penned an intense experience in this
highly descriptive and fast-paced novel, offering a real sucker
punch of action and intrigue in a concise narrative style. The plot
is intricately woven with espionage, intrigue, and high-stakes
action and I was especially drawn to the unique parlance of the
narrative and characters to paint a realistically gritty world and
showcase the uglier side of humanity. The tension is palpable
thanks to clever pacing, twists, and no unnecessary additions, and
the characters are realistically flawed, making them deeply
relatable and less predictable than your typical heroes and
villains. The narrative keeps you guessing as alliances shift and
loyalties are tested, and I found the dialogue style hugely
effective in getting the plot across and conveying strong character
attitudes without the need for huge chunks of wordy prose. Overall,
Goat Rope is a compelling thriller that will keep you on the edge
of your seat from start to finish and I would definitely recommend
it for thriller fans looking for their next immersive read."
-K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
fictional world of The Section, certain conventions are followed.
It may help the reader coming to The Charlemagne Files for the
first time to know some of these.
where is The Section?
is a department of an intelligence agency of the United States. Its
employees are civil servants. It includes support staff members who
provide identity documents, financial controls, and physical and
document security. Operational agents are called babysitters. They
arrange on-site logistical support for freelance specialists during
operations. Most operations are not conducted within the United
States, with some exceptions. Babysitters themselves do not carry
identity documents in their own names during an operation and never
carry any official identification from their organization. Their
purpose is to allow the organization to deny any association with
them or their mission. The offices are near the east coast, maybe
in The Section receive nicknames from their coworkers when they
join the offie. These names are often undesirable and used
mercilessly among the members of the office. It is part of team
building in a stressful occupation.
traditionally stamped with symbols or mottos that designate the
intelligence unit of their owners. The tradition is that when
members of the unit are present at the bar, if one produces his
coin, then all must produce theirs. Anyone failing to show their
coin is responsible for the bar tab. If all produce their coins,
then the person first producing his coin is responsible for the
classification of information is Top Secret. Beyond that, more
sensitive information is strictly controlled in a number of ways
including designation as special compartmented Information (SCI).
This requires an additional clearance and often a named clearance
based on Need To Know. In The Section, files on specialists or
specialist teams receive a one-word code name, printed across the
file and restricted to very few people. When that solo or
specialist team is employed on an operation, another designator
word will refer to the operation and will be used for funding,
reports, etc. Thus CETUS WEDGE (#2 of the Charlemange Files) means
an operation dubbed CETUS employing a specialist team with file
name WEDGE. It is The Section’s file name for Charlemagne.
A team or
solo operative used by western governments for black operations
conducted without fingerprints in high-risk situations expected to
What’s With All the Names?
I have been asked this question more than once and not only in
regard to the characters in my books. People who know me by one
name are sometimes surprised to hear another acquaintance call me
something different. In fact, I can count seven different names and
nine different titles I have answered to.
Every name depends on context. In non-fictional life, we know this
intuitively. Thus, we will call our next door neighbor Dan when
having a beer with him, but Coach when discussing strategy in front
of our young son on the soccer field.
Fictional worlds of elves, wizards and aliens are familiar enough
to most of us that we have little trouble applying real-world rules
of context automatically when a character is called Sandra, Sandy,
Sweetie, and Mrs. Fether by different sentient beings in the story.
The characters in The Charlemagne Files inhabit a fictional world
of Intelligence (capital I). Most of the conventions and terms are
real but unfamiliar to those who have not read extensively in the
This particular intelligence world is one I made up, so even with
extensive experience with the subject, chances are good that a few
things will be unfamiliar. But in both instances, just use everyday
conventions and a quick look at the name glossaries I provide in
some of the books to stay oriented in the story. It is not strange
that a member of the team may call the team leader Misha, while a
babysitter, who is essentially an outsider, will receive a
disgusted glare for doing so. The people who work with the team but
are not on it are never given a name for him, and so are reduced to
'hey you', direct eye contact or making up a handle for him.
Misha was dubbed Mack by English-speaking babysitters because of
his skill with a knife.