Max Geller: Target of the Kremlin, MI6, and the CIA
Fired for bias against the U.S. president, ex-CIA Russia expert Max Geller gets a chance to redeem his reputation and make a fortune when he is hired to investigate the president's incriminating ties to Moscow. Jill Rucker, an undercover CIA agent, is assigned to work with him—and she does—when she's not pursuing her own conflicting goals.
The search takes them to England, Russia, Panama, and Switzerland. Along the way, Max runs afoul of British intelligence by inadvertently compromising two of its operations. He gets help from an anti-Russian underground cell in Moscow, is assisted and threatened by the Russian mafia, exposes a massive Russian-American money laundering scheme in Panama, and uncovers a plot to protect the president from mounting accusations threatening his presidency.
Close behind is Zabluda, a Kremlin assassin, who means to kill them and their sources and destroy evidence incriminating the president. Max discovers that he has been betrayed by his former boss, his current employer, and his girlfriend. Seeking revenge, he takes on a powerful Washington law firm, the CIA, and the Russians.
Max Geller is the spy who went out in the cold—and no one wants him to come in and tell what he knows.
Perfect for fans of Daniel Silva and Nelson DeMille
The Publishing Sequence for this series is:
The President's Dossier
The Blood of Patriots and Traitors (coming 2023)
The CIA fires Russia expert Max Geller, the hero of this tense spy thriller from Scott (The Iran Contradictions), after Geller's scathing email criticizing Ted Walldrum, the new U.S. president, catches Walldrum's vengeful attention. Now unemployable by official intelligence agencies, Geller accepts an extralegal $10 million offer from a client with an unknown agenda to investigate and confirm the contents of a Russian dossier, compiled by an MI6 agent, implicating Walldrum in tawdry sexual shenanigans, money laundering, and treasonous acts. Geller's former CIA boss wants Max to deliver the kompromat instead to the agency. Max reluctantly adds Jillian Rucker, an operative working for his client, to the skilled and deadly team he assembles for the task. Max and company travel to England, Russia, and elsewhere in a race to authenticate the evidence before Kostya Zabluda, a Kremlin assassin, eliminates the contacts they're seeking or themselves. (Max's burgeoning affair with Jillian doesn't lessen his distrust of her.) Readers should be prepared for some far-fetched escapades and many an impossible situation simply resolved with a shoot-out, but Scott injects enough spycraft, betrayal, and mayhem to keep the pages turning. Fans of espionage thrillers will be pleased.