American President in Paris Evades Arrest for War Crimes after Violent Confrontation with French Special Forces In New Novel

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Former White House Advisor Joseph Aragon imagines nightmare scenarios in fiery new thriller “The Paris Plot.”

Kirkus Reviews calls The Paris Plot "A fast-paced international adventure...," author Joseph Aragon takes us on an "exhilarating underground pursuit…"

If the erratic style of the Trump Administration has heads spinning (and falling) in Washington. D.C., imagine how quickly foreign relations deteriorate when an American president goes missing in Paris after a violent firefight with rogue French forces seeking to arrest him for alleged war crimes. In a debut novel that Kirkus Reviews calls "a fast-paced international adventure...," author Joseph Aragon takes us on an "exhilarating underground pursuit…" through the French capital and beyond in The Paris Plot.

As a Special Assistant to the President in the West Wing, Aragon witnessed first-hand the complexities and dangers of domestic and international politics. Plots, insidious and subtle, can develop in unexpected places. “It’s about power and a shape-shifting world. It's about 7.5 billion people and unknowable motives,” says Aragon.

Free digital edition May 26 and 27 on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Paris-Plot-Joseph-Aragon-ebook/dp/B06XX1ZTBH/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital

In The Paris Plot, a bitter former U.S. vice-president who detests current President Leyland Childs - and a powerful French magistrate, André Malevu, with extreme anti-American views, precipitate a world-shaking crisis when a U.S. missile intended for a major terrorist target tragically kills a group of French schoolchildren. France erupts in outrage. The American Embassy in Paris is burned to the ground. Americans begin to attack everything French in the United States. President Childs flies to Paris to meet with French president Amaury Jardin to defuse matters, but independent French magistrate Malevu orders the president's arrest for war crimes, resulting in a deadly confrontation on the Champs-Elysées between the president's security team and the French forces obedient to Malevu. Now Isabella "Izzy" Stone, head of the president's Secret Service detail, must find a way to save him from certain death. She brilliantly devises a dizzying escape through Paris's secret underground networks of ancient catacombs and sewers, bursting forth from iconic landmarks in the City of Light. Danger and violence forge a bond between Izzy Stone and POTUS that neither had ever expected.

Kirkus Reviews says, "Aragon keeps up an impressive pace throughout the novel. Its short sentences and chapters are packed with intriguing details…. Izzy is shown to be astute and resourceful…."

Could an American president be arrested in France for war crimes? The Paris Plot lays out a plausible chain of events grounded in international human rights law and the immense power of the judiciary. "We've seen things recently come to pass that were once considered to be in the realm of political fantasy," says Aragon. "But we are living in an extraordinary, fast-moving, perilous time and one must assume that all options are on the table. As Izzy Stone tells her team, 'It's a big world with lots of moving parts. Expect the unexpected.'"

Free digital edition May 26 and May 27 on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Paris-Plot-Joseph-Aragon-ebook/dp/B06XX1ZTBH/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital

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