A Writer’s Story: A Time of War

Little did I know at the time that Ukraine, a year or two later, would have captured us all with the devastation of war with Russia.

I knew there was tension between Russia and Ukraine.

Ukraine was once a part of the Soviet Union.

Ukraine broke away.

Ukraine wanted freedom.

Russia has long schemed to bring Ukraine back into the fold.

Ukraine didn’t want to go.

The fuse had been long burning.

It sounded to me like the seed of a noir thriller, so I wrote Rainy Night to Die as the second book in my Man on the Run series.

Caleb Pirtle

Little did I know at the time I wrote the book that Ukraine, a year or two later, would have captured us all with its spirit of resilience, resistance, and heroism in the devastation of a real war with Russia.

Ener Roland Sand.

He is a rogue CIA assassin on the run.

He works for an intelligence agency the CIA no longer recognizes.

It’s secret.

It can be deadly

Rainy Night to Die was set in Odessa in Ukraine.

Sand is on a mission with a British intelligence officer.

The novel is called Rainy Night to Die.

Sand’s missions are those no one else wants to tackle.

The reason is simple.

Sand is damaged goods.

Sand is expendable.

If he doesn’t return, he won’t be missed.

His name is erased.

It’s as though he never existed.

He is sent to Ukraine to smuggle out a beautiful lounge jazz singer who, for years, has been smuggling Russian secrets back to MI-6’s home office in Great Britain.

Her contact in London has been compromised.

He is found floating in the Thames River.

Sand must extricate Pauline Bellerose before the Russians trace the stolen secrets back to her and place a noose around her neck.

He has twenty-four hours to find the singer and remove her to safety.

If she is caught, she dies.

A ship waits in the fog off the coast of Odessa.

Time is running out.

He must reach the ship at the appointed hour, or it will leave without them.

In the secret world of espionage, the window of escape is narrow and closing all the time.

The midnight storm is the only place to hide.

The Russians are waiting on the road to the sea.

Sand can’t outrun them.

He can’t outfight them.

He must outwit them.

Otherwise, he’s trapped, and it’s a rainy night to die.

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