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.
“Make sure you have the time to read it through, because you get strapped in from the first scene.”
“The scenes of conflict were brilliantly written with authentic detail and jargon, and I breathed the dust and felt danger of battle.”
“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.”
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.”
“Original and fast-paced.”
Author note: 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.