New Thriller Lifts Veil on Secret Government Operations

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Author Duane De Mello draws from his experience working for the C.I.A. for new novel.

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The idea of covert counterterrorism operations grabs audiences’ attention like almost nothing else can. In its opening week, “Act of Valor” brought in $24 million, topping the box office charts. In 2011, the video game “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” sold more day 1 copies than any game in history, making roughly $400 million in just 24 hours. Delivering more of what audiences are clamoring for, military intelligence adviser and author Duane De Mello releases “Under the Cover of Darkness” (published by iUniverse), his new military thriller novel.

Following the successful targeted killing of Osama Bin Laden, U.S. President Barack Obama repeals an old executive order banning political assassinations. The objective is for the C.I.A. to go after foreign heads of state that represent threats to American freedom and safety.

Three heads of state are targeted, but the C.I.A. deep cover operations officer, Mitch Vasari, who heads one of the teams, encounters more than he bargained for, finding that he hasn’t been briefed on everything he needs to know. Vasari has to carry out his mission and keep his team safe, all while trying to find out the truth for himself.

As a former C.I.A. operations officer, De Mello writes from personal experiences, incorporating details that give “Under the Cover of Darkness” an added element of realism. “Only someone who knows and understands how the C.I.A. and the U.S. military conduct covert operations could write such minute details in such convincing fashion,” he says.

About the Author
Duane De Mello received a master’s degree from Stanford University. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam as a military intelligence adviser before becoming an operations officer in the C.I.A. In 2010, following retirement, he published his first novel, “The Wave of the Future.” He currently lives with his wife in southern Maryland.

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