by BookTown Member Steven Nedelton
Tallman has served the agency for many years and now he's received a new assignment. He's not certain he believes in this new secret technology, but he's only the handler. It's the men under his command who have to perform. But he wonders about the Russian, Mikhail. They say he's the best in the field. They say he's defected, but it's hard to believe she let him go... ~><~><~><~ Tatiana knows her supervisor, Sokolov, doesn't trust Mikhail. He believes Mikhail has defected and is revealing Soviet secrets to the Americans. She knows he will destroy Mikhail if he can find him. But she will keep him safe. Sokolov doesn't realize the power she possesses...
The Raven Affair is a thriller based on true events including the hunt for a mass murderer, Vatican Banker's end and politics...
The night was cloudy, dark like ink...
...and the rain drizzled on Chelsea. As Big Ben struck the eleventh hour, Dino and the American arrived at the eighth floor apartment
of the safe house and knocked on the door. Three sharp raps followed by another two, as agreed upon earlier.
“Who is it? Is it you Angelo?” a deep voice queried in Italian from inside. The old man knew Dino as Angelo.
“It’s me, it’s me. It’s urgent, Signor Rossi,” Dino responded in English.
“Uno momento, uno momento, Angelo. You‘re supposed to call before you disturb me,” the deep voice retorted, and the two men
could hear a quick, heavy shuffle.
Dino made an obscene gesture at Rossi’s door then turned to the blond, “Getting his pea shooter, that idiot. Does it every time.”
Dino made them stand on opposite sides of the doorway, although the door had no peephole that the banker could see
Only a few days before, Dino had brought Rossi to this safe house. The old man had been—and still was—quite agitated
after his narrow escape to London. Dino understood…half the Brotherhood was gunning after Rossi, not counting the banks and
some powerful lodge in Florence. The old man was shitting in his pants, which explained the millions he was wasting on Dino, his
new and only protector.
Finally, the door half-opened and a pudgy man in his sixties, still in pajamas and clutching a small revolver in his hand,
“This better be good, Angelo,” he barked out. Then he noticed the young blond on Dino’s left. “And who’s this?” he grumbled
“Not to worry, Boss. That’s why we’re here. We need to talk. We might have some good news for you,” Dino replied, nudging the blond into the room. Rossi backed away from the door, although reluctantly.
Dino shut the door behind them without locking it, for he knew that would have upset Rossi. The small room was in total
disarray he quickly noted. The bedspread was half on the floor, food wrappers were all over, and a half empty wine bottle sat on
the nightstand. As he glanced around some more, Dino noticed the black, leather briefcase on the floor next to the bed. He would
have to come back later to retrieve it. It was worth a fortune.
“Boss, this is Signor Duval, from a bank in Bern. I’ll let him talk now. Nothing to worry about.”
Steven Nedelton began writing short stories in his teens. He wrote his first novel, 'DAWN FOR THE FEARLESS, in the late 90s. 'CROSSROADS' is his new, published, novel. 'THE RAVEN AFFAIR,' also under contract with Asylett Press, was released on the 11th of February. He is presently working on his fourth novel, 'TUNNEL.' His first novel, DAWN FOR THE FEARLESS, was submitted for publishing on 2/16/10.