By PATRICK GAVIN | 10/14/10
Do journalists have reason to be scared? A new political thriller creates a world in which top Democrats, the State Department and the CIA plot to kill foreign journalists tarring the image of America.
"If Words Could Kill," written by former National Security Agency liaison officer Ron Lawruk, focuses on government efforts to improve the United States' image abroad, especially in Russia. The primary strategy? Knocking off reporters who investigate and publish damaging news about the United States.
"I lived in Washington for three years and worked at the NSA, and I thought: What would happen if that sort of thing happened to the media people, since they always find that they're under the gun from politicians and other sources," Lawruk told POLITICO. In "If Words Could Kill," the U.S. government is, according to Lawruk, "worried about the fact that their international esteem was losing face around the world.”
He assures us that this is "strictly fiction" and doesn't have some sort of subtle or foreshadowing message.
"Some of my best friends are from the media!" he said.
Still, Lawruk has been prescient in the past. He noted that one of his previous books, written in 1988, discussed a "a terrorist attack on the United States."
"People didn't want to believe it," said Lawruk, adding that he had a hard time finding a publisher. "But when 2001 came around, all I was told by
my friends was, 'Oh, my God ...'"
As for U.S. reporters in "If Words Could Kill," they actually help save the day: Once the U.S. government begins pondering some tough tactics with a reporter from The Washington Times, its efforts begin to unravel.
This fictional novel parodies real life situations involving bureaucratic abuse of political influence and power.
That's the slogan of bureaucrats at the State Department and the CIA when it comes to foreign journalists.
Senior officials at the two agencies, concerned about the steady decline in popularity of the Democrats, set up a program called Clean Start designed to curb criticism of the Party and eliminate foreign press critical of the President. Mercenaries from around the world and some Blackwater agents are involved.
Melanie Brooks, a crack reporter at the Washington Times and her friend Denise Porter uncover the plan and attempt to save the lives of the next victims in Ireland and England.Melanie travels to the locations and interviews the two individuals slated for assassination
As the two women uncover the plot they become the hunted, the next targets.Meanwhile, Melanie has her hands full at home.
Her live-in boyfriend, a football star with theWashington Redskins is dealing
Concerned that Denise or she may be harmed, Melanie meets with Agent Matt Maloney, Head of the FBI National Terrorist Directorate.
Together, they confront the hired killers in a dramatic conclusion.
FBI agent Matt Maloney, a former Canadian CSIS intelligence agent, appeared in the first two novels of my trilogy, "A Spy Too Close" and "Alliance of Terror".
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"Silencing dissent is all too tempting. 'If Words Could Kill' is a political mystery/thriller surrounding corruption in the CIA.......it is an intriguing thriller that will be hard to put down."
As a neighbour of our latest Canadian scandal (Russell Williams), remarked, 'You don't know who to trust!'Do we really have freedom of speech? Lawruk's novel will make you wonder. Read it and think!"
"I enjoyed all three of your novels. I just loved your latest book, 'If Words Could Kill' and couldn't put it down. I loved the character, Melanie and the ending.I have also read 'A Spy Too Close' and 'Alliance of Terror'. Keep them coming-looking forward to the next one!"
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