Wages of Sin
WHEN IS THE PRICE TO PROTECT A NATION’S LEGACY TOO HIGH?
Archaeology Professors James Acton and Laura Palmer are on safari in South Africa, enjoying a vacation away from the bullets and bombs that too often threaten their lives, when a chance encounter leads to a clue that could unlock the greatest mystery remaining of the Boer War over a century ago.
The location to over half a billion dollars in gold.
It’s a treasure that has claimed dozens of lives, and is about to claim even more.
Four-time USA Today Bestselling author J. Robert Kennedy delivers another torn from the headlines thriller with Wages of Sin. Filled with intrigue, suspense, humor and a touch of romance, prepare to lose sleep with this action-packed adventure the likes of which only Kennedy can deliver. With over 500,000 books in circulation and over 3000 Five-Star reviews, it’s time to join those who have compared him to Patterson, Clancy, Brown, Cussler and Rollins.
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JAMES ACTON THRILLERS
“James Acton: A little bit of Jack Bauer and Indiana Jones!”
Join the reluctant hero, Professor of Archaeology James Acton, as he battles history and incredible odds in a desperate bid to save not only his own life, but the lives of the ones he loves.
“Take an archaeologist or two, a conspiracy, a secret society, the US military, the British police – mix in some car chases, a lot of gore and a little romance and you have the recipe for a cracking thriller that gallops along at breakneck speed.”
THE FINAL SKULL HAS BEEN FOUND.
NOW ALL HELL’S BREAKING LOOSE.
For two thousand years the Triarii have protected us, influencing history from the crusades to the discovery of America. Descendant from the Roman Empire, they pervade every level of society, and are now in a race with our own government to retrieve an ancient artifact thought to have been lost forever.
WILL A FORGOTTEN WEAPON AND AN UNCONTROLLABLE HATE UNLEASH THE ULTIMATE WAR?
A nuclear missile, lost during the Cold War, is now in play–the most public spy swap in history, with a gorgeous agent the center of international attention, triggers the end-game of a corrupt Soviet Colonel’s twenty five year plan. Pursued across the globe by the Russian authorities, including a brutal Spetsnaz unit, those involved will stop at nothing to deliver their weapon, and ensure their pay day, regardless of the terrifying consequences.
WILL A SECRET DESPERATELY HIDDEN FOR OVER ONE THOUSAND YEARS BY THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH FINALLY BE REVEALED?
When the new Pope, a member of an ancient organization descendant from the Roman Empire, assumes control of the Roman Catholic Church, an organization founded by Saint Peter himself takes action, murdering one of the new Pope’s operatives. Detective Chaney, called in by the Pope to investigate, disappears, and, to the horror of the Papal staff sent to inform His Holiness, they find him missing too, the only clue a secret chest presented to each new Pope on the eve of their election, since the beginning of the Church.
The Templar’s Relic
THE CHURCH HELPED DESTROY THE TEMPLARS.
WILL A TWIST OF FATE LET THEM GET THEIR REVENGE 700 YEARS LATER?
A construction accident leads to a miraculous discovery–an ancient tomb containing four Templar Knights, long forgotten, on the grounds of the Vatican. Not knowing who they can trust, the Vatican requests Professors James Acton and Laura Palmer examine the find, but what they discover, a precious Islamic relic lost during the Crusades, triggers a set of events that shake the entire world, pitting the two greatest religions against each other.
Flags of Sin
CHINA IS ABOUT TO ERUPT IN CHAOS!
Archaeology Professor James Acton simply wants to get away from everything, and relax. A trip to China seems just the answer, and he and his fiancée, Professor Laura Palmer, are soon on a flight to Beijing. But while boarding, they bump into an old friend, Delta Force Command Sergeant Major Burt Dawson, who surreptitiously delivers a message that they must meet the next day, for Dawson knows something they don’t. China is about to erupt into chaos.
The Arab Fall
THE GREATEST ARCHAEOLOGICAL DISCOVERY SINCE KING TUT’S TOMB IS ABOUT TO BE DESTROYED!
An accidental find by a friend of Professor James Acton may lead to the greatest archaeological discovery since the tomb of King Tutankhamen, perhaps even greater. And when news of it spreads, it reaches the ears of a group hell-bent on the destruction of all idols and icons, their mere existence considered blasphemous to Islam.
The Circle of Eight
ABANDONED BY THEIR GOVERNMENT, DELTA TEAM BRAVO FIGHTS TO NOT ONLY SAVE THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES, BUT HUMANITY AS WELL.
The Bravo Team is targeted by a madman after one of their own intervenes in a rape. Little do they know this internationally well-respected banker is also a senior member of an organization long thought extinct, whose stated goals for a reshaped world are not only terrifying, but with today’s globalization, totally achievable.
The Venice Code
A SEVEN-HUNDRED-YEAR-OLD MYSTERY IS ABOUT TO BE SOLVED.
BUT HOW MANY MUST DIE FIRST?
A former President’s son is kidnapped in a brazen attack on the streets of Potomac by the very ancient organization that murdered his father, convinced he knows the location of an item stolen from them by the late president. A close friend awakes from a coma with a message for archaeology Professor James Acton from the same organization, sending him on a quest to find an object only rumored to exist, while trying desperately to keep one step ahead of a foe hell-bent on possessing it.
POMPEII IS ABOUT TO CLAIM ITS FINAL VICTIMS—TWO THOUSAND YEARS LATER!
Two thousand years ago Roman Emperor Vespasian tries to preserve an empire by hiding a massive treasure in the quiet town of Pompeii should someone challenge his throne. Unbeknownst to him nature is about to unleash its wrath upon the Empire during which the best and worst of Rome’s citizens will be revealed during a time when duty and honor were more than words, they were ideals worth dying for.
IN THE DEPTHS OF THE AMAZON, ONE OF THEIR OWN HAS BEEN TAKEN!
Days from any form of modern civilization, archaeology Professor James Acton awakes to gunshots, finding his wife missing, taken by a member of one of the uncontacted tribes. As he and his friends try desperately to find her in the dark of the jungle, they quickly realize there is no hope without help.
THE RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER HAS BEEN ASSASSINATED.
THE WORLD STANDS ON THE BRINK OF WAR.
Russia accuses the United States of assassinating their Prime Minister in Hanoi, naming Delta Force member Sergeant Carl “Niner” Sung as the assassin. Professors James Acton and Laura Palmer, witnesses to the murder, know the truth, and as the Russians and Vietnamese attempt to use the situation to their advantage on the international stage, the husband and wife duo attempt to find proof that their friend is innocent.
A DYING MAN.
A DESPERATE SON.
ONLY A MIRACLE CAN SAVE THEM BOTH.
Professor Laura Palmer is shot and kidnapped in front of her husband, archaeology Professor James Acton, as they try to prevent the theft of the world’s Blood Relics, ancient artifacts thought to contain the blood of Christ, a madman determined to possess them all at any cost.
Sins of the Titanic
THE ASSEMBLY IS ETERNAL.
AND THEY’LL STOP AT NOTHING TO KEEP IT THAT WAY.
INCLUDING KILLING MEDDLING ARCHAEOLOGY PROFESSORS.
When Professor James Acton is contacted about a painting thought to have been lost with the sinking of the Titanic, he is inadvertently drawn into a century old conspiracy an ancient organization known as The Assembly will stop at nothing to keep secret.
Saint Peter’s Soldiers
A MISSING DA VINCI.
A TERRIFYING GENETIC BREAKTHROUGH.
A PAST AND FUTURE ABOUT TO COLLIDE!
In World War Two a fabled da Vinci drawing is hidden from the Nazis, those involved fearing Hitler may attempt to steal it for its purported magical powers. It isn’t returned for over fifty years.
And today, archaeology Professor James Acton and his wife are about to be dragged into the terrible truth of what happened so many years ago, for the truth is never what it seems, and the history we thought was fact, is all lies.
The Thirteenth Legion
A TWO-THOUSAND-YEAR-OLD DESTINY IS ABOUT TO BE FULFILLED!
After Interpol Agent Hugh Reading spots his missing partner in Berlin, it sets off a chain of events that could lead to the death of his best friends, and if the legends are true, life as we know it.
WILL A SEVENTY-YEAR-OLD MATTER OF HONOR TRIGGER THE NEXT GREAT WAR?
The Imperial Regalia have been missing since the end of World War Two, and the Japanese government, along with the new—and secretly illegitimate—emperor, have been lying to the people. But the truth isn’t out yet, and the Japanese will stop at nothing to secure their secret and retrieve the ancient relics confiscated by a belligerent Russian government. Including war.
Wages of Sin
WHEN IS THE PRICE TO PROTECT A NATION’S LEGACY TOO HIGH?
Jim and Laura are on safari in South Africa when a chance encounter leads to a clue that could unlock the greatest mystery remaining of the Boer War over a century ago.
The location to over half a billion dollars in gold.
SPECIAL AGENT DYLAN KANE THRILLERS
CIA Special Agent Dylan Kane, former Delta Force and former Professor James Acton student, seems the ideal agent. Dedicated, loyal, patriotic and exceptional at his job. But he’s also haunted by an incident from his past, and the world he lives in doesn’t allow for confession, so he instead finds solace between missions with a lifestyle that threatens to destroy him.
IN ORDER TO SAVE THE COUNTRY HE LOVES, DYLAN KANE MUST FIRST BETRAY IT.
Three top secret research scientists are presumed dead in a boating accident, but the kidnapping of their families the same day raises questions the FBI and local police can’t answer, leaving them waiting for a ransom demand that will never come. Central Intelligence Agency Analyst Chris Leroux stumbles upon the story, finding a phone conversation that was never supposed to happen, and is told to leave it to the FBI. But he can’t let it go. For he knows something the FBI doesn’t. One of the scientists is alive.
THE BLACK DEATH KILLED ALMOST HALF OF EUROPE’S POPULATION. THIS TIME IT WILL BE BILLIONS.
New Orleans has been quarantined, an unknown virus sweeping the city, killing one hundred percent of those infected. The Centers for Disease Control, desperate to find a cure, is approached by BioDyne Pharma who reveal a former employee has turned a cutting edge medical treatment capable of targeting specific genetic sequences into a weapon, and released it. The stakes have never been higher as Kane battles to save not only his friends and the country he loves, but all of mankind.
A FORGOTTEN SOVIET WEAPON.
A MADMAN WITH AN AGENDA.
ONLY KANE AND THE COLD WARRIORS CAN SAVE US!
While in Chechnya CIA Special Agent Dylan Kane stumbles upon a meeting between a known Chechen drug lord and a retired General once responsible for the entire Soviet nuclear arsenal. Money is exchanged for a data stick and the resulting transmission begins a race across the globe to discover just what was sold, the only clue a reference to a top-secret Soviet weapon called Crimson Rush.
Death to America
WHO DO YOU TRUST WHEN YOUR COUNTRY TURNS AGAINST ITSELF?
America is in crisis. Dozens of terrorist attacks have killed or injured thousands, and worse, every single attack appears to have been committed by an American citizen in the name of Islam.
A stolen experimental F-35 Lightning II is discovered by CIA Special Agent Dylan Kane in China, delivered by an American soldier reported dead years ago in exchange for a chilling promise.
And Chris Leroux is forced to watch as his girlfriend, Sherrie White, is tortured on camera, under orders to not interfere, her continued suffering providing intel too valuable to sacrifice.
A MASS MIGRATION
AN OUTPOURING OF COMPASSION
THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL
USA Today bestselling author J. Robert Kennedy serves up another heart-pounding thriller in Black Widow. After corrupt Russian agents sell deadly radioactive Cesium to Chechen terrorists, CIA Special Agent Dylan Kane is sent to infiltrate the ISIL terror cell suspected of purchasing it.
DELTA FORCE UNLEASHED THRILLERS
You asked for it, now you’ve got it! The Delta Force Bravo Team has their own series! Get to know Dawson, Red, Niner, Atlas and the rest of the boys even better as they battle impossible odds to not only keep their country safe, but their loved ones as well.
THE VICE PRESIDENT’S DAUGHTER IS KIDNAPPED.
DELTA IS UNLEASHED ON THOSE RESPONSIBLE!
Doctor Sarah Henderson, daughter of the Vice President, is kidnapped from an Ebola clinic, triggering an all-out effort to retrieve her by America’s elite Delta Force just hours after a senior government official from Sierra Leone is assassinated in a horrific terrorist attack while visiting the United States.
ISLAM’S HOLIEST RELIC IS STOLEN.
AMERICA IS BLAMED.
When the elite Delta Force’s Bravo Team is inserted into Yemen to rescue a kidnapped Saudi prince, they find more than they bargained for—a crate containing the Black Stone, stolen from Mecca the day before. Requesting instructions on how to proceed, they find themselves cut off and disavowed, left to survive with nothing but each other to rely upon.
The Lazarus Moment
AIR FORCE ONE IS DOWN
BUT THEIR FIGHT TO SURVIVE HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN!
When Air Force One crashes in the jungles of Africa, it is up to America’s elite Delta Force to save the survivors not only from rebels hell-bent on capturing the President, but Mother Nature herself.
WILL A DESPERATE PRESIDENT RISK WAR TO SAVE HIS ONLY CHILD?
In South Korea, the daughter of the President of the United States disappears aboard an automated bus carrying the spouses of the world’s most powerful nations. In order to save all that remains of his family, the widower president unleashes America’s elite Delta Force to save his daughter, yet the more they learn, the more the mystery deepens, witness upon witness declaring with certainty they never saw any kidnappers—only drones.
DETECTIVE SHAKESPEARE MYSTERIES
NYPD Detective Justin Shakespeare, disgraced five years ago, battles to regain his reputation, while trying to solve some of the most disturbing cases ever seen in New York City.
“The twists and turns, the frantic pace and the human tragedy made this a compelling read. J. Robert has a wonderful sense of imagery. He is a true “storyteller”. He gives us flowing descriptive narrative that is actually “descriptive” without being tedious.”
SOMETIMES JUST WATCHING IS FATAL.
Would you help, would you run, or would you just watch? When a young woman is brutally assaulted by two men on the subway, her cries for help fall on the deaf ears of onlookers too terrified to get involved, her misery ended with the crushing stomp of a steel-toed boot. A cell phone video of her vicious murder, callously released on the Internet, its popularity a testament to today’s depraved society, serves as a trigger, pulled a year later, for a killer.
SOMETIMES HELL IS OTHER PEOPLE
Crime Scene tech Frank Brata digs deep and finds the courage to ask his colleague, Sarah, out for coffee after work. Their good time turns into a nightmare when Frank wakes up the next morning covered in blood, with no recollection of what happened, and Sarah’s body floating in the tub. Determined not to go to prison for a crime he’s horrified he may have committed, he scrubs the crime scene clean, and, tormented by text messages from the real killer, begins a race against the clock to solve the murder before his own co-workers, his own friends, solve it first, and find him guilty.
SOMETIMES LIFE GIVES MURDER A SECOND CHANCE
It was the case that destroyed Detective Justin Shakespeare’s career, beginning a downward spiral of self-loathing and self-destruction lasting half a decade. And today things are only going to get worse. The Widow Rapist is free on a technicality, and it is up to Detective Shakespeare and his partner Amber Trace to find the evidence, five years cold, to put him back in prison before he strikes again.
ZANDER VARGA, VAMPIRE DETECTIVE
Zander has relived his wife’s death at the hands of vampires every day for almost three hundred years, his perfect memory a curse of becoming one of The Turned—infecting him their final heinous act after her murder.
With over 500,000 books in circulation and over 3000 five-star reviews, USA Today bestselling author J. Robert Kennedy has been ranked by Amazon as the #1 Bestselling Action Adventure novelist based upon combined sales. He is the author of over twenty-five international bestsellers including the smash hit James Acton Thrillers, which has had the distinction of having five titles in the top 20 Men’s Adventure Bestsellers list in the United States, and eight titles in the UK, on the Amazon Kindle.
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Some random ramblings for your enjoyment…
Burger recipes that are making me hungry, and keeping my cardiologist in his Porsche.
So it’s a sad day in the Kennedy household. We lost one of our babies–our 1997 BMW 328i. She served us well for 14 years but finally had to be shot. We were not given permission to do so literally, which was a little disappointing. If it were permitted, I think I would have unloaded more than a few mags into that piece of s**t Jaguar XK-8 I had a while back. Now that would have felt satisfying. This time, though, I think it would probably have just added salt to the wound, since we loved that car, especially my wife.
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