Saturday, September 28, 2019

Book Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Gryphon Heist (Talia Inger, Book One) by James R. Hannibal

(Talia Inger, Book One)
Genre: Contemporary Christian / Thriller / Suspense
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: September 3, 2019
Number of Pages: 400

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Talia Inger is a rookie CIA case officer assigned not to the Moscow desk as she had hoped but to the forgotten backwaters of Eastern Europe--a department only known as "Other." When she is tasked with helping a young, charming Moldovan executive secure his designs for a revolutionary defense technology, she figures she'll be back in DC within a few days. But that's before she knows where the designs are stored--and who's after them. 

With her shady civilian partner, Adam Tyler, Talia takes a deep dive into a world where criminal minds and unlikely strategies compete for access to the Gryphon, a high-altitude data vault that hovers in the mesosphere. But is Tyler actually helping her? Or is he using her for his own dark purposes?
"A movie-worthy tale of espionage and intrigue. Hannibal has done it again."--Steven James, national bestselling author of Every Wicked Man

"James Hannibal has crafted a story slam full of mystery, danger, twists, and turns. I couldn't flip the pages fast enough--or bother to stop to breathe. You don't want to miss this one!"--Lynette Eason, bestselling, award-winning author of the Blue Justice series

"The Gryphon Heist plunges readers into a world where no one can be trusted, nothing is as it seems, and choosing the wrong side could be catastrophic."--Lynn H. Blackburn, award-winning and bestselling author of the Dive Team Investigations series

"Leap on board The Gryphon Heist and ride the whirlwind of suspense. Don't let go!"--DiAnn Mills, bestselling author of Burden of Proof

Former stealth pilot James R. Hannibal is a two-time Silver Falchion Award winner for his Section 13 mysteries for kids and a Thriller Award nominee for his Nick Baron covert ops series for adults. James is a rare multi-sense synesthete, meaning all of his senses intersect. He sees and feels sounds and smells and hears flashes of light. He lives in Houston, Texas.
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- How has being a Texan influenced your writing?
I’m old enough to remember when the Texas education system placed as much importance on producing gentlemen and ladies as producing scholars. I hope it still does. This same poise and etiquette slips into all my heroes, even if they hail from Washington D.C. or Colorado. Adam Tyler may be a rogue, but he treats women with the respect they deserve. Talia Inger is fierce, but she walks with the same grace taught on the dance floor of a Houston cotillion. And neither would ever think of swearing because they know somewhere in the back of their minds that the author’s mother will read this book.

- What are some day jobs that you have held? Have any of them impacted your writing?
Stealth Bomber Pilot, Tactics Officer, Drone Pilot, Electronic Warfare Officer, Intelligence Liaison, and so forth. Due to this former work, my first three novels had to be checked and approved by multiple program security offices. Once I proved I could create fiction without giving away national secrets, they gave me carte blanche to skip the approval process. That has been a real blessing. Yes, there were redactions in the past, but very few. The most memorable comment I ever received from a security office was, “We think Drake and Amanda should have a more developed romantic relationship.” Everyone’s a critic.

- How does your book relate to your faith?
The Gryphon Heist is a fun—and perhaps a little escapist—spy/thief adventure. But it also served as a vehicle for me to explore morality in espionage and forgiveness. I wish I had committed to the exploration of espionage morality much earlier in life, but back then I was holding on to the tail of the jet, without much time for introspection. I discovered through the writing of this story that God cannot be removed from discussions of morality, especially for those working outside and in between government rules. Attempt to remove God, and you are left with seeking the greater good. Whose greater good? Mine? My enemy’s? God, as the Author of morality, becomes the ultimate arbiter of right and wrong. At the same time, Talia Inger, the rookie spy in the story, forced me to learn more about forgiveness—and forgiveness in the extreme. I hope my readers will see, as I did, how vital forgiveness and letting go is to our lives.

- If you could speak with any accent from anywhere in the world, what would you choose and why?
I have to split this into two: Scottish and Australian. As an airline pilot, I spend a great deal of time in Sydney. The Australian accent is so smooth and unassuming. Also, I once studied with a Scottish voice coach for a production of Brigadoon, and through visits to Scotland I’ve fallen in love with the land and people. For these reasons, it’s no accident that Finn and Mac appear among the elite thieves in The Gryphon Heist. In my head, the Scottish and Australian accents cover a multitude of sins. For example, a Scotsman in America can commit almost any social faux pas, but it’s okay because “Did you hear the way he said aboot?”

- How has your formal education influenced or impacted your writing?
The Foreign Studies program at the Air Force Academy had a huge impact on my fiction. Our German teacher was a retired CIA case officer who worked in East Berlin in the 80s. Our department head was a spec ops colonel that we all swore was the inspiration for George Clooney’s character in the Peacemaker, always working some shady double angle. Three of us once showed up in Tunisia for a month of Arabic immersion, and the ground support the colonel had arranged had mysteriously vacated their office. These were the days when the Palestinian Liberation Organization had a heavy presence in the Maghreb. Whatever covert activity our contacts were-or-were-not involved in had gone south. Even the light fixtures had been torn out. We were on our own—no transportation, no living quarters, and very little cash. I slept the first three nights in a seedy hotel with a knife under my pillow. To be honest, I don’t know why more of my classmates didn’t become novelists. Maybe they all just wound up becoming spies.
GRAND PRIZE: Copy of The Gryphon Heist + Gryphon Ornament + Clip Bookmarks + $10 Starbucks Gift Card;
SECOND PRIZE: Copy of The Gryphon Heist + $25 Barnes and Noble Gift Card;
THIRD PRIZE: Copy of The Gryphon Heist + $10 Starbucks Gift Card
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