How far would you be willing to go to help someone in danger? Could you risk everything to save a stranger or someone you hardly know? Risking all to help others is an enduring human theme and, while most of us would like to think we could and would, novelist Major (Ret.) Jeff Struecker and his award-winning co-author, Alton Gansky, lead readers straight into the heart of these questions in their newest military thriller, Hide and Seek (BH Publishing Group, July 2012).
When Amelia Lennon, the Army-trained U.S. Foreign Affairs Officer in Kyrgyzstan, witnesses an attempt to abduct Jildiz Oskonbaeva, the U.S.-educated lawyer and daughter of the Kyrgyzstan president, she manages to prevent the kidnapping by quick thinking and falling back on her past military training. But now the two women are on the run in a city thrown into chaos by an attempt to overthrow the government and their only chance for survival is a special ops rescue. Unfortunately, in order to hide from those who would kill them, the women must also hide from the only ones who can save them.
Master Sergeant J.J. Bartley is the special operations team leader assigned the task of rescuing the two women. Not only is this Bartley’s first special op assignment as the team leader, but he’s also dealing with two new members in the six-man unit, and one of them has a secret that could put them all in danger. Working incognito in a country where all U.S. military presence has been forbidden, Bartley has no way of knowing that back home his wife, pregnant with twins, has been misinformed that her husband and his entire team have been killed. Nor is he aware that, before all is said and done, he and the other five men on his team will be thrust into a circumstance so vile and sinister that everything else will pale in comparison.
Reflective of Struecker’s personal combat experiences and deftly chiseled into a perfect read by Gansky, Hide and Seek is an explosive, pulsating fictional narrative of courage, honor and sacrifice. With skill and precision, this latest thriller transports the reader through the chaos of a government overthrow and into the heart of what really happens at every level of a stealth engagement. With the turn of each page, the reader is given personal insight into heart-stopping encounters with the enemy, spiritual battles waged within the soldier’s psyche and the emotional turmoil that family members must continually endure.
Chaplain (Major, Ret.) Jeff Struecker is a decorated member of the U.S. Army Rangers, the Army’s most elite fighting corps. His personal experiences in Mogadishu, Somalia were documented in the New York Times bestseller and major motion picture Black Hawk Down. During his twenty-two years of active duty, he also fought in war in Panama, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. Now retired from military service, Struecker currently serves as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Columbus, Georgia.
Alton Gansky is a Christy Award-nominated and Angel Award-winning author who writes to stimulate thinking about spiritual matters. He served as a pulpit minister for twenty years and has published nearly thirty books.
Hide and Seek by Major (Ret.) Jeff Struecker and Alton Gansky
BH Publishing Group / July 1, 2012
400 pages /paperback