SPYMASTER by Brad Thor. From the publisher: “Across Europe, a secret organization has begun attacking diplomats. Back in the United States, a foreign ally demands the identity of a highly placed covert asset. In the balance hang the ingredients for all-out war. With his mentor out of the game, counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath must take on the role he has spent his career avoiding. But, as with everything else he does, he intends to rewrite the rules—all of them. In Spymaster, Scot Harvath is more cunning, more dangerous, and deadlier than ever before. If you have never read a Brad Thor novel, this is the place to start!” A couple of interesting notes: naming his character “Scot” instead of “Scott” is smart, since it identifies the character across all media as a fiction character. His book trailer says, “Hell is empty, and all the devils are here.” It’s all of 15 seconds, with a punch. Book Reporter said, “The Undisputed Master of Thrillers.” If we’re talking sales, that would be James Patterson. Quality? Lately, given Patterson's many co-authors? Patterson is also a master of “short, with a punch.” One of his characters is “The Mastermind.” Social media is all the rage, with so many thousands of new titles coming in fiction. You literally have to be everywhere as a writer, and both of them are. Attention spans have lowered, too. Just ask Jaron Lanier, the father of VR, whose new book is TEN ARGUMENTS FOR DELETING YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS RIGHT NOW, read by Oliver Wyman. Patterson’s best was his first, THE THOMAS BERRYMAN NUMBER, written by himself, and winner of the Edgar Award. (Some new readers of his #1 with critics gave it one star because it didn't live up to what they expected. It is read on audio by the superb narrator Will Patton, who also reads many James Lee Burke titles (Burke being the best mystery writer alive. Crazy good.) Interview with Thor HERE. Burke HERE. And for my own new ebook, released today, below is the book trailer of one minute twenty seconds. Titled FUGITIVE VISIONS AND DANGEROUS FLASH FICTION, it has a hybrid story/script about a twisted romance on a cruise ship, with a twist ending. “Dangerous Visions” was an anthology by the late great Harlan Ellison, written in his honor. Not just science fiction, but also edgy satire Jaron would appreciate. “Visions Fugitives” was a set of unique and spooky piano pieces by one of my favorite composers, Prokofiev. Both Harlan and Prokofiev were ahead of their time, and, like Ray Bradbury or Chopin, will live far after we are gone…if the world survives all the spymasters out there in the shadows.