I write both thrillers and mysteries. All of them so far involve normal people who are tossed into abnormal situations and have to cope using their wits and what they've learned during their lives. I don't write about superheroes or supervillains.
Back in 2010, a Mossad hit team assassinated a top Hamas operative, Mahmoud Mabhouh, in Dubai. They were less-than-slick about it and ended up on a number of surveillance videos. The Emiratis posted the footage on YouTube -- it's kind of interesting to watch. Anyway, the team used for their covers the identities of real Israeli dual-nationals living in Israel. These people's other citizenship countries were extremely perturbed by this. Of course, Hamas was hopping mad.
So I got to thinking: what would have happened if Hamas decided to go after these poor schulbs whose identities were stolen? Voila: Doha 12 was born.
Luis Ojeda once was a coyote for the Pacifico Norte drug cartel. He guided into civil war-wracked Mexico hundreds of Muslim Americans escaping from or avoiding the remote detention camps where many thousands of their relatives and friends have languished since a horrific 2019 terrorist attack in Chicago. He left that world after he was nearly killed crossing the border. Now, two years later in 2032, the Cartel wants Luis back for a special job.
Nora Khaled is a wife, mother, FBI agent, and Moslem. Her lawyer husband is about to be exiled to a camp, destroying her family, career and freedom. She abandons her comfortable life to spirit her husband and children to Southern California so Luis can lead them south, out of the U.S. to safety.
Luis and Nora face more threats than scorching deserts and brutal border guards. The Nortes are locked in a death struggle with the fearsome Zetas, and someone on the inside is selling out the Cartel’s members. A dogged Immigration & Customs Enforcement agent has Luis locked firmly in his sights. When Nora is publicly accused of terrorism, Luis learns she’s carrying secrets that will blow apart the 2032 Presidential election and reveal that the nation’s recent history is based on a lie. In a future America where everything is for sale and innocence is a liability, Luis and Nora have to learn to trust each other to ensure the survival of the truth, their families, and themselves.
I travel a fair amount. I'm a PADI Rescue Diver and cold-water wimp, which accounts for some of that travel (the Pacific off Southern California is just too damn cold). I spent eight years in the active-duty Air Force and another fourteen in the Reserves, had an assignment with the National Security Council at the White House (worker bee, not advisor), and retired as a lieutenant colonel. My civilian career has been all over the map, starting in IT, then doing my midlife-crisis tour as a game artist, then moving to emergency management. I have a very tolerant wife who has a grown-up job, and a large, highly opinionated cat. I wrote my first full-length work when I was 17.
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Jake manages a bookstore in Brooklyn. Miriam is a secretary at a Philadelphia law firm. Both grew up in Israel and emigrated to build new lives in America. Neither knows the other exists…until the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad uses their identities in an operation to assassinate a high-ranking Hezbollah commander in Doha, Qatar.
Now Hezbollah plans to kill them both.
Jake, Miriam and ten other innocents in five countries – the Doha 12 – wake up to find their identities stolen and their lives caught between Hezbollah and Mossad in an international game of murder and reprisal. Jake stumbles upon Hezbollah’s plot but can't convince the police it exists. When his wife is murdered in a botched hit meant for him, Jake joins forces with Miriam to outrun and outfight their pursuers while protecting his young daughter.
Hezbollah, however, has a fallback plan: hundreds of people will die if Jake and Miriam survive.
Inspired by Mossad’s 2010 assassination of Mahmoud Mabhouh, Doha 12 will take you on a chase you won't soon forget.