Steve Dimodica on a being bit player in a very large geopolitical game

IR Sticker IR ApprovedVile Means received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author Steve Dimodica.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

Vile Means, published on April 20, 2016

What’s the book’s first line?

The Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph cruised to a halt in front of the main gate to the Japanese Tea Garden.

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”. 

It’s 1999. The United States, a long time benefactor to Panama, is scheduled to return the canal to the republic of at the end of the year, so stability in the Central American country is paramount. But a wealthy Swiss financier and an Israeli Mossad officer have compelling reasons to destabilize the tiny isthmus nation. In an intricate plot, they enlist the help of a Bosnian war criminal, who leads a series of attacks against defenseless jungle villages to help create fear and uncertainty. Simultaneously, there are massive transfers of money and international currency that pique the interest of Interpol investigators and sound alarm bells in Washington. A covert team of operatives is assembled.

Under CIA Case Officer Jessica Flekk, the team’s mission is to determine the purpose of the sudden insurrection in Panama and to ferret out the perpetrators. It quickly becomes apparent to Jessica that she is a bit player in a very large geopolitical  game. Her team is expendable, and the tiny Republic of Panama is merely a conduit for major espionage activities between Washington, Tel Aviv, and Beijing. The final, shocking revelations force Flekk and her team to confront difficult decisions in a world of ambiguity.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event? 

As a Military officer who spent all of his career in Army Special Forces and Counter Intelligence, I have vivid memories of my time in Panama and South America. The cross current of events and espionage leading up to the “ hand off “ of the canal was rampant, and the potential to control a strategic asset brought all the wolves into the fray. It was too good a storyline to ignore.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?

It is a well crafted, briskly paced, thoroughly researched novel that draws the reader into the subliminal world of black ops and global espionage at an important juncture in our history. Readers will long remember the characters, and their perverse use of power, money, and influence to shape world events. It is a great read.

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