(Miami) – When he joined the U.S. Military, it was clear from the beginning that Major Mike Harris was fearless. So, who better to lead the Desert Lions, an elite group of the Army Special Forces, in their effort to eliminate all the terrorist elements of Al Qaeda that threaten to disturb world peace—in just one year’s time?
There seemed to be no stopping Harris and his team; that is until the beautiful Danish heiress Marcie Johanssen came on the scene. In Black Lion (Harris and Johanssen Publishers, Inc., Dec. 24, 2013, $26.95), Carlos Viola’s debut novel, Marcie unwittingly gets dragged into the deadly struggle that is about to be unleashed in every corner of the globe.
Having fallen head-over-heels in love with her, Mike vows to do everything humanly possible to protect her, but will the distraction give the terrorists the upper hand? Readers are alongside as Mike and the rest of the Desert Lions, are plunged into the vivid and real world of deceit, secrecy and clandestine operations.
Though fiction, the novel is based on Viola’s observances of what is going on in the world right now. It also incorporates his expertise. For over 20 years, he served as president and CEO of Aeroterra SA; a technology company dedicated to providing geospatial solutions using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and satellite imagery.
His background has served him well in this novel that offers realistic accounts of the role technology plays in the deadly and secretive world of terrorism. The novel was inspired by what is happening in world today after the September 11, 2001, attacks on America. “What is happening in the world today unfortunately is that terrorism is a reality, and we need to fight against it. I focus on the discrepancy between good and evil in my novel with the good guys being heroes who want to save the world from the horrors of terrorism.”
Kirkus Review calls the book “an often impressive action thriller propelled by well-developed characters.”
Hollywood Book Reviews says “In his debut novel, Viola grabs readers’ attention from the very beginning by drawing attention to terrorism, a familiar issue that is still of great concern in the world today.”
And a review posted on Amazon.com says, “Once you start you can’t quit. Very detailed places, lots of military knowledge, some romance too. Very complete novel. You can’t miss it.” Black Lion is available as a hardcover or ebook. Formats available include Kindle, Nook and iBooks. The text is available in both English and Spanish. To learn more or order a copy, visit www.carlosviola.com/black-lion.
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About the Author
Writing fiction is a second career for Carlos Viola, who spent what he calls “his other life” as a business executive. For over 20 years, he served as president and CEO of Aeroterra SA; a technology company dedicated to providing geospatial solutions using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and satellite imagery.
Viola comes from a military family and spent little less than two years in the Argentine Military Academy before starting his studies to become an Agriculture Engineer at the University of Buenos Aires. He received training in digital image processing at Stanford University and later became a business executive. Today, Viola calls both Buenos Aires and Miami home.
To arrange an interview with Carlos Viola, or request a review copy of Black Lion, contact Rachel M. Anderson, Publicist, at 952-240-2513.
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