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K.A. Bachus

January 2020 978-1-7364925-2-9

A woman should be able to ask for what she wants.

It’s 1993, and Air Force Captain Claire Nolan hopes to be one of the first women to fly a combat fighter aircraft. She has no intention of letting Steve Donovan’s captivating brown eyes derail her ambitions, but his team could cost her more than her career. Steve is a member of Charlemagne, the premier freelance specialist team used by Western governments for black operations conducted without fingerprints.

The team has come to Okinawa to eliminate a threat to Steve’s young son, and Claire has been appointed as support liaison. She supplies the team with dinner and finds herself part of a plan to elicit the information they need from their target to save the child.

During a frenetic and bewildering two-day period, while Charlemagne tries to identify an enemy asset, it becomes increasingly clear to Claire that she has become the bait on a truly deadly hook.

 Will Claire live to fly in combat? Will she get her man? Will she live to do either?

Swallow is the seventh novel in K.A. Bachus’s fast-paced Charlemagne Files series chronicling the lives of a team of deadly Cold War intelligence operatives over three decades.

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"You are immediately thrown into the world of espionage from the start with the rather harsh and sometimes overtly sexist conversations between the characters. It gives the novel a military background authenticity which is the case in real-world covert operations. The storyline is quite simple to follow but what it lacks in terms of variety is made up for with the oddly humorous banter. The attention to detail is remarkable with the descriptions of the weapons on display being quite graphic, combined with breathtaking fight sequences and bone-crunching accidents to sate the thirst of an avid action junkie like me. If anything caught my attention, you can be certain snakes flying through trees were at the top of that list. Swallow promises action and duly delivers on it in style. K.A. Bachus deserves kudos for this enterprising novel." -Essien Asian for Readers’ Favorite