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When a Rook Takes the Queen Blitz

 

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Political Thriller, Thriller

 

Published: January 2021

Publisher: Cassino Publishing

Chicago Tribune Reporter Larry McKay has his hands full. He has been assigned to investigate the recent assassination of Chicago’s Mayor Janice Kollar in a tumultuous summer that has included riots, looting, and a city out of control. With Mayor Kollar’s long list of political enemies, McKay doesn’t know where to start. But he soon discovers a weekly gambit at St. Simeon’s Church Rectory on West 79th Street between two of Chicago’s most notable individuals; Former grand chess master and now Catholic priest, political activist Fr. Colin J. Fitzgerald, and organized crime boss Anthony ‘Little Tony’ DiMatteo. Their weekly chess matches have allowed ‘Fr. Fitz’ to become the new family consigliere, and he is now Little Tony’s most trusted advisor. Together, they have been plotting ways to circumvent the recent city violence using ‘The Outfit’s’ brutal methods to control its gangs and outlaws and bring peace back to the Windy City. But their unusual plan to restore peace to an already violent city begins to unravel, delving the Second City deeper and deeper into an uncontrollable state of intense chaos.McKay’s life is now in danger, as the ‘Chicago Gambit’ of real-life players are now all out to permanently silence the Tribune reporter from blowing up the city’s biggest crime story since the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

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Edward Izzi


Edward Izzi is a native of Detroit, Michigan, and is a Certified Public Accountant, with a successful accounting firm in suburban Chicago. He is the father of four grown children, and one “amazing” granddaughter. He was a talented writer in high school and was advised by his instructors that any career, other than writing, would be a ‘total waste of time.’ It wasn’t until later in life that the author pursued his life’s dream. He has now written many short stories, poetry, and thriller novels over the years, including ‘Of Bread & Wine’, ‘A Rose From The Executioner’, ‘Demons of Divine Wrath’, ‘Quando Dormo’, ‘El Camino Drive’. and the recent political thriller ‘When A Rook Takes The Queen’. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.

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Center Stage Blitz

 

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Political Thriller

 

Release Date: January 12, 2021

Publisher: RealClear Publishing

If politics is a game, who better to play it than a master showman like a mega-rock star?

America has adored rock star Tyler Sloan for decades, and when he decides to leave the Las Vegas stage to run for a seat on the United States Senate, it’s assumed that he’ll run an unconventional campaign. He exceeds expectations—and more.

No stranger to politics, Sloan’s estranged father was a California governor who narrowly lost his presidential campaign. It’s this experience—and his performance skills—that render a show-stopping performance as an independent candidate for Senate. He expresses disdain for the two-party system and dismisses special interests and lobbyists. Slaon immediately finds himself caught in a political ca paign fraught with scandal, corruption, and conflicting loyalties personally, politically, and romantically.

Will Sloan be able to handle political turbulence and reckon with his own past while navigating the polls? As the countdown to election day begins, Tyler Sloan is focused on winning and taking center stage.

Praise for Center Stage:

In the tradition of Allen Drury and Richard Condon comes the next great author of political thrillers: Wayne Avrashow.” — MICHAEL LEVIN, New York Times bestselling author

An entertaining political thriller—smart and engrossing.” — KIRKUS REVIEWS

“Avrashow’s book is an entertaining reveal of an unconventional candidate and campaign. It s filled with drama, hope, and conflict.” — ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA, Mayor of Los Angeles, 2005-2013

“An impressively entertaining and carefully crafted novel from cover to cover. Center Stage is extraordinarily and unreservedly recommended.” — MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

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Wayne Avrashow was a campaign manager for two Los Angeles City Councilmembers and served as Chief of Staff. He has an extensive background in California politics, served on two government commissions, was Chair of a Los Angeles County ballot proposition, and co-authored ballot arguments. His experiences in politics, government, business, and as a practicing attorney provide unique insight into the machinations and characters that populate political campaigns.

As a lawyer and lobbyist, he represented clients before numerous California municipalities and in Nevada and Idaho. He has lectured at Southwestern University of Law and was an adjunct professor at Woodbury University in Los Angeles.

He authored numerous op-ed articles that appeared in daily newspapers and in legal, business, and real estate publications. Wayne authored Success at Mediation—10 Strategic Tools for Attorneys, a book used by law students at the University of Southern California School of Law.

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The Wall Blitz

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The Refugees’ Path to a New Republic

 

Political Thriller, Action Thriller

Date Published: October 2020

Publisher: Museyon

 

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Captain Jadon Green has been labeled the Border Butcher after a terrible tragedy between the US military and illegal immigrants forcing their entrance into the United States of America at the Mexico border wall. Resigned to a life of misery and loneliness after losing not only his military career to a dishonorable discharge but also his family after his wife left him taking their daughter with her, Jadon is offered the chance to redeem himself in the eyes of the world and his family. His new mission is to lead a Revolutionary Army and found Nueva Cordova, a Central American country where no citizen will ever have to flee. Along with Professor Luis Escárcega—Cordova’s only hope for rebirth—and his daughter, Penelope, Jadon’s mission is on the brink of success when a bullet threatens to destroy it all. Will Nueva Cordova become a reality?

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Praise for The Wall:

“We were impressed with The Wall . . . Using a fascinating and sophisticated blend of socioeconomic and humanitarian issues, author Tetsuo Ted Takashima gives readers much to think about within an otherwise entertaining action thriller.” —Best Thrillers

“The Wall is a powerful story of nation-building and changing hearts and minds. It will prove an attractively absorbing saga for any thriller reader who likes politics embedded in the actions and changing purposes of leaders and followers. The close inspection of the roots and minds of refugees creates an added dimension of understanding not present in most other genre reads.” —D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review

“. . . earnest mash-up of politics and espionage set in the near future . . .” —Publishers Weekly

 

 

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After working as a scientist for the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Ted Takashima moved to California, where he studied at the University of California. He has published more than thirty novels in the action/thriller/suspense/mystery genres in Japan. His novels include the action thriller Intruder, which won the 1999 Suntory Mystery Award, and Pandemic (2010), which foretold the global spread of COVID-19 in 2020.

 

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The Org Release Blitz

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Political Thriller
Date Published: April 14, 2020
Publisher: Waterton Publishing Company
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The Org, is set in the near future, when the effects of the global climate crisis are leading to food shortages, extreme deteriorating weather conditions, and increasing panic.After the mysterious murder of one of his followers, the leader of the EcoParty, Lee Beloit, uses his charisma, skill, and guile to transform his organization from a tiny cult-like party into a national movement, with fighting climate change as his platform. His polling numbers are way up, and his movement is growing exponentially, but he and his followers are in the fight of their lives, as President Leo Pine sends people to battle Org members in the streets. Beloit fights back, pushing his people to the breaking point. He decides the time is right to declare for the Democratic Party nomination for President.
But journalist Walt Jones is preparing to expose the fact that Beloit is protecting a killer. The NYPD is pulling search warrants to find out what Beloit’s campaign knows about the murder. After years of obscurity, Beloit is finally becoming a real factor in American politics, but he knows his campaign could collapse if this came out. He is determined not to let that happen. His top lieutenant, Juan Garcia, decides it’s time for him to act and initiates a plan to silence any threats to the campaign.
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I grew up in a political home in New York, where some of my first memories were of the older generations arguing about politics, meeting and supporting candidates, going off on freedom rides, and supporting Adlai Stevenson and the young nation of Israel. In my teens, in the 1960’s I learned from, and joined in, the political and cultural ferment of the time. I marched against the war in Vietnam, listened to Jean Shepherd on WOR and to WBAI until all hours, read Ray Bradbury and Ramparts, and ended the decade going to Woodstock in 1969, the summer I graduated from High School. After college, I spent a few years in a political group similar to the one fictionally depicted in The Org. After that, I got into broadcasting, married my wife Judy, and we had a daughter and two sons. We now have a grandson and live in Southern California.
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Political Thriller
Date Published: April 14, 2020
Publisher: Waterton Publishing Company
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The Org, is set in the near future, when the effects of the global climate crisis are leading to food shortages, extreme deteriorating weather conditions, and increasing panic.After the mysterious murder of one of his followers, the leader of the EcoParty, Lee Beloit, uses his charisma, skill, and guile to transform his organization from a tiny cult-like party into a national movement, with fighting climate change as his platform. His polling numbers are way up, and his movement is growing exponentially, but he and his followers are in the fight of their lives, as President Leo Pine sends people to battle Org members in the streets. Beloit fights back, pushing his people to the breaking point. He decides the time is right to declare for the Democratic Party nomination for President.
But journalist Walt Jones is preparing to expose the fact that Beloit is protecting a killer. The NYPD is pulling search warrants to find out what Beloit’s campaign knows about the murder. After years of obscurity, Beloit is finally becoming a real factor in American politics, but he knows his campaign could collapse if this came out. He is determined not to let that happen. His top lieutenant, Juan Garcia, decides it’s time for him to act and initiates a plan to silence any threats to the campaign.
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 She was conflicted about whether to buzz Yosef in or not. Marianne had been spiraling down ever since that night with Eitan a couple of weeks back. It had started off well but veered off the rails after her fifth drink. Or was it her sixth? She had lost count. He was terrible, she knew that, and she remembered the pain. Since then, she rarely left her upper Manhattan apartment. She made a series of tearful phone calls to him, which didn’t go well either. She could tell Eitan was losing patience with her. The calls got shorter and his tone got harder until he stopped answering most of them. So, she was surprised when he called and told her he was sorry and had bought her a gift he wanted to send over to her.“For me? That sounds nice.” 

“I haven’t been very good lately,” Eitan said in his soft Israeli accent. In the background she could hear the murmur of his office. She didn’t know exactly what he did, but she knew he had an important job. 

“I want to show you I’m sorry.” 

“You don’t have to buy me anything,” she said. 

“I know, but I saw it and thought you’d like it,” he said. 

She felt herself giving in to him again. “Why don’t you bring it over?” she asked, adding, 

“I’m alone.” 

“I wish I could, but I’m very busy today. I’m going to have Yosef bring it to you.” 

Yosef was Eitan’s driver. He had driven them to several dinners and assignations in the Consulate’s limousine. 

“I want to see you; you bring it,” she said. “I don’t want to see Yosef.” 

“I can’t, but I’ll see you later tonight,” he said. 

“Promise?” she asked. 

“Yes, promise.” 

She relented. “OK, he can come. I’ll listen for him buzzing later.” 

She went back to bed after the call. The curtains were already drawn against the daylight. 

Marianne was twenty-six and pretty, with sandy brown hair which was uncared for today, matching her mood. It had been days since she had showered or changed her clothes. She hadn’t eaten much or slept for more than a few hours each night. Her roommates were out so she could avoid human contact. 

When the buzzer rang around 5 PM, she knew it was Yosef. She didn’t want to open the door for him. She knew he’d tell Eitan how bad she looked. She waited. 

Eitan had told Yosef she was home and expecting him, so when he got no reply, he waited a few minutes and started buzzing again. She knew she had to buzz him in. When she finally did, but when she opened the apartment door, there were three men with Yosef who forced her back into her living room. They were dark haired and olive skinned, and they looked at her with a cold detachment. Her heart raced. 

Yosef was in charge. Saying nothing to Marianne, he grabbed her arm and told another one of the men to hold her. The man spun her around so her back was to him and covered her mouth with his other hand. Realizing she couldn’t breathe, she panicked, kicking and struggling for air. 

The man holding her squeezed tighter and told her to be quiet. She kept struggling in his grasp and pulled the two of them closer to the door to the patio, which she had opened earlier. 

Yosef opened a small pouch he was carrying and pulled out a syringe filled with clear liquid. He held it up to the light to be sure it was ready for use. When Marianne saw the needle, her panic ratcheted up and she fought frantically against the man holding her. She was gasping for air now. She freed one arm and started flailing at him. The other two men laughed as she fought against the man holding her. 

“Help him hold her down,” Yosef barked at them. 

Marianne grabbed a wine bottle from a table next to her and threw it at Yosef a few feet away. Her aim was true—she hit him on the head. He lurched back, dropping the syringe. Blood coursed down his forehead and into his right eye. Holding his head, he wavered and struggled to keep his balance. Stepping to his left, he accidentally crushed the syringe he had dropped. 

He was enraged. She had destroyed the mission. His head was throbbing, the wound would need suturing. He looked around for an option. 

“Off the patio. Throw her,” he barked to them. “Now. Quickly!” 

They picked her up. She fought against them as hard as she could, kicking, arching her back, trying to break free with her arms. She was out of breath now, battling them while her chest was burning. Suddenly she was enveloped in cold as she saw the patio beneath her and the railing looming up. A scream welled up from inside her and suddenly she was free of their grasp. Her stomach flipped when she saw there was nothing under her and she felt the wind accelerating as she dropped. She braced herself just before she hit the parked car beneath her 2.3 seconds later at 51 miles per hour.

                               

About the Author
I grew up in a political home in New York, where some of my first memories were of the older generations arguing about politics, meeting and supporting candidates, going off on freedom rides, and supporting Adlai Stevenson and the young nation of Israel. In my teens, in the 1960’s I learned from, and joined in, the political and cultural ferment of the time. I marched against the war in Vietnam, listened to Jean Shepherd on WOR and to WBAI until all hours, read Ray Bradbury and Ramparts, and ended the decade going to Woodstock in 1969, the summer I graduated from High School. After college, I spent a few years in a political group similar to the one fictionally depicted in The Org. After that, I got into broadcasting, married my wife Judy, and we had a daughter and two sons. We now have a grandson and live in Southern California.
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