Book 1: Nefarious
When Army Communications Captain Alton Blackwell takes a hit to the leg while on active duty in Afghanistan, his self-confidence and leg are equally shattered in the explosion. Assigned to a desk job while recovering, Blackwell nonetheless manages to prove his resourcefulness as he matches wits with Al-Qaeda operatives in the dangerous regions of Kabul. Unable to fully heal, he resigns himself to the abrupt end of his military career as well as any hope to win the affections of the beautiful and intelligent Lieutenant Mallory Wilson.
Upon returning state-side, the quiet civilian life is quickly left far behind when Blackwell’s colleague Zach Lambert calls him from a weekend camping trip in the throes of a devastating illness with forbidding implications.
Blackwell and now-FBI Agent Wilson reunite to explore the possible diversion of a biotech’s project to develop an improved vaccine, scouring leads at the CDC and biotec company, putting their Army and professional skills to the test, and narrowly escaping agents with a murderous agenda at every turn. The closer they come to the truth, the quicker the bodies pile up, along with the suspects. To get to the bottom of the sinister scheme, can Blackwell still use wits when his body has failed him? And will he survive long enough to tell his colleague of the feelings for her he has long kept secret?
“Make sure you have the time to read it through, because you get strapped in from the first scene.”
“It hit all the right notes and left us satisfied.”
“The scenes of conflict were brilliantly written with authentic detail and jargon, and I breathed the dust and felt danger of battle.”
A heartless killer ambushes and guns down ex-mobster Jay Mancini. Days later, the killer disposes of Mancini’s live-in girlfriend in cold blood. Desperate to identify the culprit, Jay’s niece Chelsea convinces work colleague and amateur detective Alton Blackwell to help investigate the seemingly run-of-the-mill professional mob hits.
Alton and his girlfriend, FBI Agent Mallory Wilson, race to sequester Chelsea away from wrathful mob gangsters intent on silencing anyone with knowledge of “family activities.” But the investigation spirals out of control as a series of new events with no apparent mob connection serves to confound their efforts to identify the assassin. As Alton and Mallory struggle to make sense of scant evidence, unseen danger marches inexorably closer to them and Chelsea, who seems to lie in the vortex of the mayhem. Will Alton and Mallory unravel the mystery in time to avoid becoming the killer’s next victims? And will their growing relationship survive the presence of the beautiful Chelsea Mancini?
“You find yourself saying ‘oh just one more chapter’ and before you know it, you’ve finished the book.”
“Steven Freeman does it again! Another impossible to put down page-turner.”
“Freeman has again produced a masterful piece, keeping us guessing.”
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Book 3: T-Wave
Alton and Mallory race to get to the bottom of the ominous events, applying their skills as never before while the plans of murderous drug dealers, cheating spouses, and profit-minded hospital administrators collide with unexpected consequences.
When the investigators themselves come under attack, the case takes on even greater urgency. To protect themselves and prevent further bloodshed, Alton and Mallory must follow a trail of perplexing clues to uncover the malevolent secrets behind the medical facility’s sterile walls.
“If you think you’ve got it all figured out in the end you’re sure to be wrong.”
“Mr. Freeman seems to be getting better with every book.”
“Original and fast-paced.”
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CIR: What do you hope your readers will get out of this series?
FREEMAN: I think a good story combines an exciting, unexpected storyline with characters you care about deeply. When I finish a book, I want to have undergone an emotional transformation, to feel like a slightly different version of myself than I was when I started it. A good story has the power to do that. Having had the good fortune to accumulate a variety of life experiences (a stint in the Army Signal Corps and 26 years working for a large tech company, as well as travel to five continents), I wanted to confer that same kind of emotional experience to readers. This was the genesis of ‘The Blackwell Files” series and my hope of taking readers to a new emotional place.
CIR: What would you compare this book to?
FREEMAN: Several reviewers have compared Nefarious to a Sherlock Holmes story in a combat setting (for the first half of the book, at least). I also love Victorian classic romance, and fans of Jane Austen might recognize the tentative nature of first love in my books as well.
CIR: Tell us about your main character.
FREEMAN: Army Communications Captain Alton Blackwell struggles to overcome the physical and emotional devastation wrought by an IED explosion in Afghanistan. As he forms new bonds and seeks to undercover a dangerous conspiracy, Alton learns to adapt to circumstances he never thought he would have to face. He isn’t perfect, but a core of altruism runs through his personality and informs his decision-making.
CIR: Is he or anyone else in the story based on someone you know?
FREEMAN: Most of my characters contain elements of myself and/or people I know, although very rarely do I base a character off of a single real person. I will confess, though, that one of my secondary characters shares my proclivity for telling “groaner” jokes. I suppose nearly all writers confer aspects of their own personalities into their characters. I do, too, but this particular characteristic is near and dear to my heart.
CIR: Is there any content that some readers might find questionable despite the overall “clean” feel of the book?
FREEMAN: Nefarious contains a few mild swear words and the general violence one would expect in a war/crime novel. Several reviewers, though, have mentioned their pleasure with the fact that Nefarious does not go into gory detail on the war/crime sections.
CIR: When do we get more?
FREEMAN: Havoc, the fourth book, will be out in the late summer or early fall.
Learn more about Steven F. Freeman and his writing at www.SteveFreemanWriter.com