Countdown America

In the years since Isabella had the twins, she never imagined having to think the worst. Now she was living it.

After the loss of her husband, CIA agent Isabella Bendel accepts a promotion to Chief Supervisor—a much less dangerous position than what she’s accustomed to—so she can raise her two children without  fear of leaving her children without any parents. But any illusions of safety are shattered when, while on her Sunday morning jog in a Washington, DC park, Isabella survives a brutal assassination attempt.

Later that day she survives another assassination attempt. Someone was gunning for her, and gunning hard. During the first attack, armed men invaded her home and took that which is nearest and dearest to her heart, her twins and her mom.

Isabella doesn’t think that not just one, but two attempts on her life in one day are coincidental. She also doesn’t think it is a coincidence that both hitmen were Russian. With vague chatter about a mover and shaker in Russia planning an attack on American soil, Isabella believes the attempted attacks on her and whatever this mover and shaker is planning are related.

With the window of time to find her family alive and safe shortening, Isabella needs information fast. With both gunmen now dead, the first by suicide, or so she was told. The second one she bested, killing him in her hotel suite he entered in the middle of the night thinking she was asleep. She has no way of getting the information she sorely needs to try and figure out the plot against America and find her family.

With every person available working the case, this mover and shaker remains elusive. And to say there is no information is an understatement.

Pushed to the brink of what any mother can endure, Isabella calls on all of her training and deadly skills to get her family back. During this mission, she fights her way through assassins, cyber-terrorists, and duplicitous fellow agents, leading her to uncover a Russian threat that is hell-bent on destroying the United States.


independent press award

2020 Independent Press Award for Best Suspense Novel

Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist for First Novel - Countdown America

2020 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist for First Novel – Countdown America

2020 Top Shelf Book Awards Nominee

2019 Net Galley Winner for Best Women’s Fiction

2019 Shelf Unbound Notable Best Indie Book

AmericanBookFest Best Book Awards

AmericanBookFest Best Book Awards Finalist in Fiction Thriller/Adventure

What People Are Saying

“Fox provides the surprising twists and fast-paced action that genre fans expect.”

BookLife – Publishers Weekly

“A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written CIA Operative thriller book. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great CIA Operative thriller movie, or better yet a mini TV series.”

Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn) Verified Amazon Reader

“Wow, talk about sitting on the edge of your seat. This thrill has it all, murder, kidnapping, terrorists, CIA, assassination attempts, cyberterrorism, and espionage.”

BP34 Amazon Reader

“Very good read. Writing is excellent. The plot is intriguing and believable. The characters are developed well. Unexpected turn of events around every corner. Nail biting and page turner. I read it in one sitting. Had to find out how it ended.”

Kim Amazon Reader

“Great cast of characters, non stop action from beginning to end and a very compelling story line will keep you reading well into the wee hours of the morning.”

Mr. P Amazon Reader

“A deftly written and inherently riveting suspense thriller of a novel by an author with a special and effective narrative storytelling style, Countdown America is an extraordinary and riveting read from beginning to end.”

Midwest Book Review

“Wild ride of a thriller that reads like a blockbuster movie script.”

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“I fell in love with this fast paced, intense story that will keep you on your toes from start to finish!”

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