Haunted

FBI Special Agent Kirk Ingram’s life is torn apart when his family is brutally murdered before his eyes. Devastated physically and psychologically, he vows to destroy organized crime in all forms.

In the Eastern bloc, a rogue dictator state is stockpiling Citex, a deadly nerve agent...

Across the globe, an international trade house funnels Balkan organized crime activities through its business channels and now hatches a plot to distribute Citex to major cities in the world, creating a nexus with terror that threatens to bring the world order to the point of anarchy.

And only one man stands in the way of global terror and paranoia. One man seeking redemption and waging a personal battle against the demons of his past.

Get your adrenaline rush as the plot unfolds breathlessly from the gritty streets of Los Angeles to the remote fringes of Russia, from the depths of the Pacific to the skies over Panama and from the sun-baked desert to the exotic villages of Costa Rica.

Evolution

Evolution of a book

Haunted was written and edited in... well... a unique manner. I had various action sequences in mind and I put them down. Then I weaved a story around those sequences. Sort of like instrumental fill-ins in a song. All this was in the pre-Internet era. Or, to be more precise in the years when I didn't have ready access to the Internet(circa 1999).
In 2010 when I looked at the draft, I was not at all happy with how it read. And so, even while the book was with the publishers, I was doing massive re-writes of entire sections of the book, fleshing out the story (while retaining the original action-driven plot), introducing cellular phones and the Internet, thrashing things like 'phone booths' and 'postage' that were antiquated in usage. In many instances this created a plot-hole because, as an example, my characters did not have to wait to make phone-calls or receive documents - everything was speeded up.
I had to comprehensively tie in the characters and sequences to the updated story, and to that end I turned to a business management technique - a Mind Map - to organize each character's path through the book.
In retrospect, even I am amazed at the extent by which the book evolved in those frantic months of October, November. The gunfight in the warehouse, the drone sequence and the hostage situation, the plot twist at the end were all brand new. Each character's name was tailored to his or her race and personality.

And finally... Kirk Ingram needed to have nightmares that would haunt him.