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My name is John Mangan and I am seeking an agent to represent my 79,500-word military thriller, INTO A DARK FRONTIER. I am a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force and a combat rescue helicopter pilot. My decade at war, the events I witnessed and the characters I met inspired me to write this novel. INTO A DARK FRONTIER will appeal to readers who enjoy the crisp, authentic action of Andy McNabb’s BRAVO TWO ZERO and the surreal fever dreams of Cormac McCarthy’s BLOOD MERIDIAN. The novel is complete and has been content edited by John Paine, and line edited by Debra Ginsburg.
Book one of a trilogy, INTO A DARK FRONTIER takes place in the near future, after Africa has collapsed into an enormous failed state. In America, disillusioned patriot Slade Crawford is emotionally crippled after twenty years of front line combat and the accidental death of his son. Falsely accused of terrorism, Slade flees to Africa in an attempt to hack out a new life and escape from his past. Without warning, Slade is captured by the enigmatic colonel Kraven and blackmailed into tracking down a tribal blood cult that is rampaging across the continent. Struggling to stay alive and free himself from Kraven’s grasp, Slade pursues the cult across the blood soaked African frontier. Outgunned and overmatched, Slade soon realizes that he is not merely a reluctant errand boy, but that he is standing at the epicenter of a global struggle that will determine the course of human civilization. Slade must then decide who he will fight for: himself and the ones he loves, or the country that betrayed him.
What makes this novel stand out from others in the genre is its unique fusion of the modern thriller with elements of the classic American western. In addition, it introduces a strong heroine that could best be described as a young Ellen Ripley, of ALIENS fame.
If you are interested in this story I will be happy to send a sample or the full manuscript for your review.