A Short Crime Story – the download

In 2001 computer/cyber crime was in its infancy.

Winston Reilly had an opportunity to make millions in an apparently risk-free operation.

All he had to do was simply steal the next generation security software, Security Achievement System (SASy for short), created by small-player TeleComm, at the company’s office.

Sometimes things are not quite so easy.

Download the Mystery and Suspense eBook the download.

A short crime story by Scott D. Welch. Highly recommended. PDF version only $0.99. Pay securely via PayPal.

It is also available through Amazon for Kindle here: the download, for $0.99.

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Darkness Descends – A Crime Thriller

Darkness Descends, the crime thriller by Scott Frank (aka Scott D Welch) is available on Kindle or as a quality paperback edition.

New York Times bestselling author, Clive Cussler, said this: “I truly enjoyed it. A real spellbinder with a multitude of twists and turns through a labyrinth of intrigue. A read not easily forgotten…a timeless tale of suspense.”

Two weeks prior to graduation Chris Walker, high school senior and state champion in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, jogs by a 7-Eleven store and hears a sound in the alley. Curious, he slows and, while witnessing what he believes to be a murder, accidentally kicks a can. He is spotted and immediately turns and runs, narrowly escaping.

He does not know what to do or where to go until events force him to confront his innermost principles, and corresponding fears, and what follows becomes a cat and mouse game leading the police into a mountain community in a desperate attempt to free the town’s mayor, who had been kidnapped as part of a master plan devised by the two men Chris had seen earlier.

The Kindle version is available here: Darkness Descends Kindle Edition.

For those who prefer the actual book: Darkness Descends Quality Paperback.


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International Political Spy Thrillers – Authors Who Deliver The Goods

Thirty-one years ago Robert Ludlum published the first of his original “Bourne Series.” The three international bestsellers (The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum) follow the trials and tribulations of Jason Bourne, whose real name is David Webb, a military man who became an assassin and who, through a mission gone awry, becomes amnesic and an assassin gone horribly wrong. It took a few decades before Hollywood decided to take Bourne to the silver screen, casting Matt Damon as Bourne/Webb, with the three films being released in 2002, 2004, and 2007, respectively.

In 1984, Tom Clancy introduced CIA operative Jack Ryan in a series that would eventually land the hero, who endlessly and tirelessly had traveled the globe to put things right, in the White House, as President Ryan. The protagonist appeared in a dozen or so novels and four of those have made the big screen. The first was The Hunt For Red October, in 1990, starring Sean Alec Baldwin as Ryan, then two with Harrison Ford as Ryan in Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994). The Sum of All Fears (2002) starred Ben Affleck as Ryan.

Following years of writing successful thrillers Jack Higgins presented IRA activist Sean Dillon in Eye of the Storm (1992, the first of 17 or so adventures) who, eventually, becomes part of a quite secret, small and highly effective branch of undercover operatives whose boss reports directly to the Prime Minister of England. How one of the most-feared master terrorists becomes a member on the opposite side is intriguing and once Dillon is “recruited” the action and adventure only gets better with each succeeding book.

Transfer of Power, published in 1999 by Vince Flynn, introduced Mitch Rapp, a CIA counterterrorism operative who, through eleven novels, has traversed continent after continent (as well as working in the US), to bring a halt to terrorists bent on destroying cities, countries, even the world. Rapp flies directly into the bowels of hell, only to (somehow eventually) emerge successful, but not always in the best of health. His exploits are that of unknown legend.

In his 4th novel, The Kill Artist, published in 2000, Daniel Silva brings forth Gabriel Allon, an art restorer who is also a Mossad assassin, or vice versa. It is true, he really does restore art, very valuable old paintings to be exact. It is also very true, he is a deadly assassin. In the eleven books, to date, in which Allon has appeared, the agent has undertaken incredible assignments across the globe, with a returning cast of characters that add depth and outstanding interplay amongst and between them.

Though the movies are quite good, they cannot and do not capture all the detail contained in a novel. World-class storytellers Ludlum, Clancy, Higgins, Flynn and Silva have created larger-than-life, though all-too-human heroes, who get better with age, who find the ways and means to achieve their goals each and every time regardless of the odds, and who totally and completely satisfy the reader’s deep desire for entertainment and escapism at its absolute very best.

This post is not to slight other best-selling authors who have captivated millions of readers with international/political/spy thrillers, such as Len Deighton, John le Carre, Frederick Forsyth, Ken Follett, to name a few, it is simply a viewpoint being shared concerning favorite authors of this particular blogger. After all, it is Certain Points of View™.

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Darkness Descends Available On Kindle

This blogger’s crime thriller, Darkness Descends, written under the pseudonym Scott Frank, is now available, as of today, on Kindle.

The absolute highpoint of this endeavor was when New York Times bestselling author, Clive Cussler, said this about the book:“I truly enjoyed it. A real spellbinder with a multitude of twists and turns through a labyrinth of intrigue. A read not easily forgotten…a timeless tale of suspense.”

It doesn’t get much better than that.

A little about Darkness Descends:

Two weeks before graduation beautiful high school senior Courtney Atkinson is brutally beaten, raped and left for dead by two escaped convicts.

Track star Chris Walker was spotted by one of the assailants as he witnessed the assault and then fled.

What did he see? What does he know? Why is the mayor-Courtney’s uncle-subsequently kidnapped? And what does Chris do about all of this?

As any publisher’s marketing department would tell you, those questions can only be answered if you read the book. 
The Kindle version is available here: Darkness Descends Kindle.
 For those who prefer the hardcopy, a quality paperback version is available here: Darkness Descends hardcopy.
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