Paris Book Festival Honorable Mention Best Fiction
White House Director of Homeland Security, Samantha Reid, receives intelligence about a possible new threat to the country's national security. While she and her staff are inundated with potential issues on a daily basis, this new one is staggering. What if a hostile country or group gets hold of a small nuclear device, and instead of aiming it at one of our cities, they intend to detonate it high in the atmosphere? The result would be the creation of an Electro-Magnetic Pulse or "EMP" sending shock waves that would "fry" all electronics on the ground in its line of site. There would be no electricity grid, no internet, no communicationsâ€¦
White House Director of Homeland security, Samantha Reid, receives intelligence about a possible new threat to the country's national security. The idea is staggering. What if a hostile country or group gets hold of a small nuclear device and then, instead of aiming it at one of our cities, they intend to detonate it high in the atmosphere? The result would be the creation of an Electro-Magnetic Pulse or "EMP" sending shock waves that would "fry" all electronics on the ground in its line of site. There would be no electricity, no internet, no computersâ€¦communicationsâ€¦
Could it happen here? White House officials are too skeptical and too focused on other threats to pay attention to Samantha's warnings. The love of her life, Tripp Adams is sent on a business trip to a foreign country where just such a plot is simmering. Will Tripp become embroiled? Will he be trapped overseas while Samantha races to pull a team together to foil a sinister plot? This gripping tale spans the globe and is filled with international action and political intrigue at the highest levels, made all too real by the author's "inside The White House" details. It gives the reader a seat at the table in the Situation Room, the meetings in the Oval Office, and the frantic search for a way out. It's a trip on a wild ride of an all-too-real scenario for the future of our country.
Karna began her career in San Francisco as a TV news reporter and anchor first for KRON-TV and then KGO-TV. She later moved to Washington, DC to anchor the Ten O’clock news on Channel 5, host a nationally syndicated program on business and economic issues as well as a three-hour news/talk radio show.
When Ronald Reagan was elected President, he stood in front of Blair House and named Jim Brady as his Press Secretary with Karna as Jim’s Deputy. She had almost daily meetings with the President and traveled on Air Force One. She was also sent to South America and the Far East to give speeches to government, business and student groups on the President’s economic priorities.
Next, she was named Senior Director and spokesman for the National Security Council. She attended arms control talks with the Soviets and traveled with the team that briefed the leaders of Great Britain, France and Italy as well as Pope John Paul II. Those were “evil empire” days, so it was a unique experience to chat with the Soviet Union’s General Secretary Gorbachev at that first Summit meeting in Geneva.
When Karna left The White House to become Senior Vice President of a Public Affairs firm, she was the highest ranking woman on The White House staff.
By now, she had written TV news scripts, briefing papers for the President, newspaper columns and magazine articles, but she had always wanted to write novels. She hopes you will enjoy her new thriller, CASTLE BRAVO as well as CHECKMATE, GAMBIT, FINAL FINESSE,and her short story, THE AGENT. She is currently working on #5, AFFAIRS OF STATE.
On a personal note, she is married to Dick Bodman -- they maintain homes in Naples, Florida, Washington, DC and Rancho Santa Fe, CA.
December 6, 2012 6-9pm!