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Goat Rope

K. A. Bachus

December 2023 979-8-9871690-5-6

Mack might cut your throat but with faultless etiquette.

Christine Barton sees a murder committed while walking her dog in a Montreal park on a bright summer morning in 1999. She finds refuge from the killer in a safe house of spies but feels more like the prisoner of a team of deadly operatives who could be allies but seem like enemies.

Charlemagne, the premier freelance specialist team used by Western governments for black operations conducted without fingerprints, has been tasked with tracing and destroying a well-funded network of political assassins. They must sift reality from deception in a bewildering kaleidoscope of information and agendas and will use Christine to gain the advantage regardless of the cost to her.

With deep, mutual distrust, Christine and Charlemagne work together in the narrow space of their shared interests surrounded by the chaos of a true goat rope.


"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 Feathered Quill

"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