TO BEGIN THE ADAM DRAKE SERIES…

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THE ASSASSIN’S LIST

Calculating terrorists prepare to ignite a race war in America. Black felons converted to serve Allah while in prison train to assassinate the first name on a long list – the Secretary of Homeland Security. Adam Drake, an attorney and former Delta Force operator, accidentally gets in the way of the callous plot while representing a client whose secretary was murdered. When he becomes a target, and a timid FBI ignore his warnings, he’s forced to go it alone to defend his country.

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OATH TO DEFEND

The trail of America’s most wanted terrorist goes cold in Tijuana and a smuggled nuclear device is detected in San Diego. Adam Drake thinks the two are connected and believes that he knows where they are headed. Can he find them both in time to avert an unimaginable catastrophe? Read the second book in the Adam Drake series to find out.

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DARK TROJAN

The lights are about to go out all across America. An old enemy has found a way to sabotage the electric power grid. It’s planted a Trojan Horse malware in security software designed by a client of Adam Drake to protect power utilities. When a beautiful model and international assassin poisons Drake’s best friend by mistake, he discovers that he was the likely target. Now the race is on to find out why, and ultimately prevent a return to the Dark Ages.

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CALL IT TREASON

Someone is shooting down commercial jetliners in America and the President is blaming Syria, Iran’s proxy. He’s prepared to go to war, on the advice of his advisors, to destroy the Muslim Brotherhood’s ancient Persian enemy in Tehran. Until Adam Drake finds that the Muslim Brotherhood’s illegal campaign money has corrupted presidential politics and is influencing decisions made in the White House. Can Drake expose the treachery in time to prevent a war that will set the Middle East on fire?

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BACKGROUND

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Scott Matthews got hooked on reading thrillers in high school, as an escape from reading “the classics” in his high school English class. His collection of thrillers soon grew to include the best genre authors of the day; Graham Greene, Ian Fleming, John Le Carre, Trevanian, Charles McCarry, Frederick Forsyth, Ken Follett, and David Morrell.

After graduating college with a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oregon and a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law, he practiced law as a trial attorney in Oregon. He also served in the Oregon National Guard as a CBRN(Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) specialist and J.A.G. officer.

Later, when his favorite authors made him wait too long for their next books, he started jotting down notes of the thrillers he would someday write. He now has written four political thrillers in the Adam Drake series (a patriotic Oregon attorney and former elite military warrior) and is writing full time to continue the series.

Scott still lives on the Left Coast with his beautiful wife and enjoys good wine, Oregon football, and is a big Formula One racing fan.

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SECRET ABOUT BOOK COVERS IN THE ADAM DRAKE SERIES

In the process of releasing the next book in the Adam Drake series, CALL IT TREASON, which should be out next week, I was reminded that not everyone knew the secret about my book covers. Amazon and Kindle and CreateSpace obviously don’t, because the keep rejecting the covers the first time they’re reviewed. The problem, they say, is the faint writing on the cover that sometimes overlaps/runs against the title and author’s name. Here, take a look and see if you can spot the problem they’re talking about. Look at the cover on THE ASSASSIN’S LIST. . See the scribbling down the cover. Okay, now look at the cover for OATH TO DEFEND and DARK TREASON. Each of these book covers has a hidden message for fans of the Adam Drake series. For THE ASSASSIN’S LIST, the faint writing on the cover is the actual list of intended kills the assassins were planning. For OATH TO DEFEND, the writing is the formula for an atomic bomb. And for DARK TROJAN, the cascading binary symbols represent the coding the terrorists plan to use to collapse our energy grid. There, the secret’s out! I hope that’s the end of the problems I keep having with the covers on my books. p.s. The cover for CALL IT TREASON, out next week also has a secret writing. Can you tell me what it is?      ...

DARK TROJAN and WINTER WEATHER

Last week was cold in Oregon, but nothing like the cold in Chicago and elsewhere in mid-America and the east coast. Which got me thinking, what if the blackout that terrorists are plotting in my latest Adam Drake novel, DARK TROJAN, happened during a prolonged arctic cold snap? Survival without electricity is difficult any time of the year, with food supplies disappearing, travel and communications limited and people panicking. But what if the lights go out for months when it’s freezing outside? Survival would be difficult for most of us, unless we were prepared. Which brings me to the post of Bob Mayer titled “Survival Friday: Cold Weather Survival” I want you to read.http://bit.ly/1iaNiql. Bob Mayer was a Green Beret and one of his books is titled THE GREEEN BERET SURVIVAL GUIDE. It’s well worth your time to get a copy after you’ve read his post on cold weather survival. So heed Bob’s advice and be prepared for the catastrophe I fictionalize in DARK TROJAN, available now on...

The “what if” of THE ASSASSIN’S LIST

Readers often ask where the idea for a story comes from; do you start with “what if…” and work from there, or wake up one morning with the plot for a novel lingering from a dream you had. In my case, it’s a little of both. My first novel, THE ASSASSIN’S LIST (http://amzn.to/1poAWz0} is about a terror plot to assassinate American leaders in retaliation for jihadist leaders killed by drone strikes. The way the terrorists might accomplish these assassinations was a bit of a problem for me, having no training or experience as a terrorist. But I do read and research a lot, and two items I’d come across kept swirling around in my head. The first was an article in 2007 about blacks being recruited for terror by al-Qaida (http://bit.ly/UIKx8v). Al-Qaida’s Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri in a videotaped message had called for black Muslims in America to rise up against oppression and, if they didn’t, they would be considered no better than “house slaves”. Al-Zawahiri’s goal was to recruit blacks for terror cells, primarily from our prisons, who could travel freely when released in America, and also to sow political and racial discontent in the country. The second item was the Justice Department’s criminal complaint in 2011 that alleged a bold plot by Iran’s Qods Force leaders to assassinate the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States while he was in a restaurant in Washington, D.C. (http://bit.ly/1s1Fz36). Assassination was clearly a tool that was still in vogue in the Middle East. With those two events, the speech and the planned assassination, to work with, the “what if” went like...

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