Angel Eyes – planned release Easter 2017
ABOUT THE STORY
This novel is the fourth in the sequence of crime, historical fiction stories by Mick O’Donnell related to the O’Neill family from Maitland. Pat O’Neill is the surviving son of John O’Neill that we met in The Spectre of Stillsbury Lane 2013, and Absence of Evidence published in 2015; and Fanny O’Neill nee Strawbridge, who we first met in Betrayal: The Curse of Father Patterson published in 2014.
It is based on extensive research and interviews of military, civilian and police personnel who served in Afghanistan during the 2005-2006 period; their experiences, emotional responses, and lasting memories are powerfully reflected in the characters.
Pat is a respected investigator with the Australian Federal Police. Following the 2001 WTC bombing in New York, he becomes a specialist in Counter Terrorism. In early January 2004, he retires and takes a holiday in Spain where he is almost killed in a terrorist bomb explosion. He follows the police investigation through the media during his long recovery in hospital and discovers evidence that the local authorities seem reluctant to pursue.
Meantime, back in Australia, an apprehended person is mysteriously released on a legal technicality, and quickly leaves the country. The authorities become convinced that this is The Sheik, an Islamic radicalised Australian, and the number 4 on an international list of most wanted terrorists.
Because of his expertise in anti-terrorist activities and his close-call in Spain, Pat is invited to ‘come back’ as a Special Agent and help track down this ‘person of interest.’ During the pre-deployment training he is introduced to the covert intelligence network called, Five Eyes, an international intelligence-gathering network.
His life-time partner and sometime co-investigator, Sergeant ‘Ginger’ Winslow is keen to assist him in his quest. ‘Ginger’ features prominently throughout the story.
The mission takes Pat to Afghanistan for three months where he is embedded with the US and Australian forces. Under cover, he travels to unfamiliar and dangerous places. Narrowly escaping an ambush he quickly discovers that no one can be trusted.
The whereabouts of The Sheik is unexpectedly revealed. The tension increases when the very support forces that Pat that has been relying on becomes more of a hindrance than a help.
Pat’s dilemma reaches a climax in a heavily populated area – the one chance to terminate The Sheik, or to let him go to further spread his evil intentions.