Alec Donzi The Consultant

ISBN 13: 9781887603041

The Consultant

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The Consultant is a shocking, fast-paced suspense thriller. A flamboyant corporate consultant is enticed by a young and beautiful CEO to participate in a high-risk business deal. Soon things go terribly wrong as the consultant unravels a subtle scheme of international nuclear terrorism. He finds himself trapped. Now he's the target. The race takes him from his lavish mansion in Naples, Florida, to a secret nuclear facility in North Korea around the globe inside mysterious places in Europe and behind hushed doors in Washington. The consultant not only encounters the seductive female CEO, but also a series of strange murders, a renegade CIA agent and a deadly ex-Navy SEAL operative. Billions of dollars have vanished and a time bomb is ticking as the survival of mankind is uncertain.

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The Consultant is the blow-away megathriller for the new millennium. Alec Donzi skillfully packs intelligence, intrigue, action and suspense into this exceptional novel. The heart-stopping story line is filled with surprising twists and turns weaving a web of intrigue as Donzi comes across as a master storyteller. The Consultant promises the reader a nerve-racking and page-turning experience.

The Consultant is the fast-paced international suspense thriller about a flamboyant corporate consultant who is eager to retire at age forty with a nest egg of a hundred million dollars. To achieve his goal, he engages in one last high-risk deal that not only jeopardizes his own life, but also endangers the future of mankind. The threat of long-range supernukes stationed in North Korea becomes a reality.

Nicanor Industries is a Dallas-based conglomerate that is involved in the construction of nuclear reactors around the world. After Nicanor’s president John Farnsworth is killed in a mysterious plane crash, his young and enchanting wife Juliet, equipped with a law degree from Yale, takes over as the new powerful CEO.

Jerome Birchner is the flamboyant corporate consultant who is hired by Juliet Farnsworth to arrange for her a peculiar golden parachute--six hundred million dollars tax free. In the process, Birchner becomes entangled in a global web of intrigue, corruption and espionage. He unravels a subtle scheme of white-collar nuclear terrorism motivated by greed.

As Birchner becomes the hunted, the chase takes him from his lavish mansion in Naples, Florida, to a secret nuclear facility in North Korea, through the offices of the dubious International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria, and behind hushed doors in Washington. When he encounters renegade CIA Special Agent Trevor Gates, Birchner is trapped. At first, Birchner doesn’t know that Trevor Gates has designs on Juliet Farnsworth, and her fortune.

And when Birchner’s teenage children are kidnapped, he is desperate. He doesn’t know who to trust and where to turn for help. Only a radical and vengeful CIA field operative, ex-Navy SEAL Chuck Osteen, offers Birchner a glimmer of hope. But at what price? Who is pulling the strings? Billions of dollars have vanished. Is Juliet Farnsworth truly the innocent widow she portrays herself to be? Why does the CIA have a hard time tracking down the perpetrators?

It seems impossible to stop China and North Korea in their vicious attempt to take over the world. The unlikely team of Birchner and Osteen realizes that the fate of the world--and their own survival--depends on their next move. Everything is at stake, and a time bomb is ticking.

Some characters are driven by greed and passion, others by a relentless pursuit for justice. Will Birchner and his family survive? How about Juliet Farnsworth and Trevor Gates, will they live happily ever after or must they pay the ultimate price for their ambitions? With the lurking danger of long-range supernukes in the Far East, the national security of the U.S. has been compromised and the survival of mankind is uncertain.

The real danger is imminent! You'll never feel safe again! World Peace is only an illusion!

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Chapter 1

John Farnsworth watched the Dallas skyline disappear as the Gulfstream banked north, climbing to twenty thousand feet. A flight crew of five, including two flight attendants, accompanied the Nicanor Industries CEO on his trip to North Korea.

Farnsworth found it strangely disquieting that the other parties scheduled for the trip had canceled at the last minute. Something about prior commitments.

"Care for a glass of champagne before lunch, Mr. Farnsworth?" one of the flight attendants asked.

"Sure, sweetie," he said, his eyes locked between her legs.

She smiled, aware of his horny gaze, and not disliking it at all.

Farnsworth accepted the glass and stared out the window. Below, he could see Wichita Falls and the barren West Texas panhandle beyond. The attendant began serving lunch and Farnsworth shelved his apprehension about the sudden cancellations for later.

After lunch Farnsworth had an attendant bring his laptop so he could work on revisions for his North Korean proposal. Two hundred miles off the California coast, the CEO for Nicanor clicked off the computer and leaned back satisfied.

From the ground, against the backdrop of a cloudless and perfect blue sky, an imaginative observer may have mistaken the Gulfstream for a polished, shiny silver bullet advancing in slow motion.

Suddenly, a massive explosion over the Pacific, not audibly noticeable for anybody on the ground or in the air, except for Farnsworth and the flight crew of the doomed Nicanor jet. The aircraft transformed into a ball of fire instantly. The Gulfstream disintegrated into thousands of tiny burning pieces seconds later. Simply ripped apart by powers as violent as an erupting volcano.

With one bang the noise from the engines had been forced into a deadly silence. Nothing anymore. No screams, no laughter, no happy toasts of gentle colliding champagne flutes, no friendly chiming noise from active silverware, no chirps from computers and other high-tech gear, no swish of thighs wrapped in nylons softly rubbing against each other, no rustle of a garment. No sound at all. Silence shattered only for a moment as the debris hit the waters. With its immeasurable yawning gulf and much like an anticipated dessert, the gigantic ocean swallowed the crushing fragments of the jet and of charred bodies within minutes.

Ten minutes after the explosion every ounce of debris had been sucked down into the deep. Sure, a few small segments still floated here and there, but it wouldn’t take much longer until these were lost at sea too. Vanished, gone forever.

The only apparently positive aspect in this whole ordeal was the fact that the victims didn’t have to suffer--no pain at all. It ended in a one-second tick.

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