Spy Becomes His Government’s Worst Enemy in New Political Thriller

After an international spy experiences amnesia, the path to recovering his memory quickly turns into the path to revenge—and against his former government employers—in J.M. Erickson’s new political thriller “Albatross: Birds of Flight.”
Dec. 10, 2012 - PRLog -- Boston, MA, December 10th , 2012—Sometimes the greatest threat to national security comes from those formerly most trusted. But when a government breaks its employee’s trust, it should not be surprised by retaliation, as former agent Alex Burns demonstrates in J.M. Erickson’s new novel “Albatross: Birds of Flight” (ISBN 9781475934144, iUniverse, 2012).

When Anthony Maxwell, a senior field agent of the Department of Defense Foreign Intelligence’s Operation Center, is kidnapped and killed, and then a series of coordinated attacks threaten national security, government authorities slowly begin to gather evidence about their unlikely primary suspect—Alex Burns, former international spy and government employee, now turned fugitive.

When Alex Burns suffers serious injuries on a secret mission, he is left with Trauma Induced Amnesia. After seeking treatment from therapist David Caulfield, Alex starts piecing events back together. Before long, Alex realizes there are some high government officials who would prefer he not regain his memory. In fact, his life may be in danger at the hands of his former employers. When Caulfield suffers his own personal loss, he and Alex become allies, setting into motion a chain of events to ensure their own safety.

Joining Burns and Caulfield are Samantha Littleton, a prostitute who moonlights as a nurse, and her foster sister, Rebecca Littleton, who is left caring for her niece after her parents are killed. Meanwhile, Police Lieutenant Steve Anderson, a former military interrogator, realizes the truth about Alex’s past and his reasons for seeking revenge, leaving Anderson wondering which side he can trust.
Reviewers are favorably comparing “Albatross: Birds of Flight” to the Bourne and Mission Impossible franchises. Blue Ink Review states, “J.M. Erickson elevates the premise beyond the Bourne-again shtick with an interesting twist and taut, engaging writing that will keep even jaded readers hooked.” Kirkus Reviews declares, “Erickson’s debut novel explores personal development through love, explosions and terrorist plots....the solid action is driven by dense characters.” IP Book Reviewers says Erickson “...has penned a realistic thriller replete with unexpected twists and cathartic turns.” And Reader Views proclaims, “The characters are complex and multi-dimensional....there are also underlying themes of romance and redemption. These factors all add up to a very compelling, fast paced adventure.”

About the Author
J.M. Erickson is an adjunct professor of psychology and counseling, and senior therapist in clinical practice in the Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts. Erickson holds a Master’s Degree from Simmons School of Social Work. He lives with his wife, Christine, and their two teenage children in a suburb north of Boston.

“Albatross: Birds of Flight” (ISBN 9781475934144, iUniverse, 2012) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. Publicity contact: www.ReaderViews.com. Review copies available upon request.

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