Order of Succession by: Bill Thompson
Getting Away with Murder of Presidential Proportions
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED THRILLER SERIES TESTS POLITICAL CLIMATE WITH TERRORISTS, CORRUPT LEADERS, AND TREASON
The current political climate certainly leaves much to be desired; as the campaigns for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump continue to grow more heated and controversial, voters may begin to wonder if there are any decent, upstanding politicians left.
This question is explored in critically acclaimed new novel, Order of Succession: Getting Away with Murder, the fifth of the Brian Sadler Archaeological Mystery series by award-winning writer Bill Thompson. In this thrilling continuation, Order of Succession bravely tackles some of the country’s greatest fears.
Air Force Two, with the vice president aboard, has dropped from radar. Then President Harry Harrison and others also go missing when Air Force One vanishes. The nation’s at DEFCON 1, and despicable Speaker of the House Chambliss T. Parkes becomes the new acting president.
After wreckage from Air Force One is found, Parkes declares the passengers from both aircraft dead from a presumed terrorist strike. The late president’s father, a former senator, asks TV personality and antiquities dealer Brian Sadler, who knew the president well, to help find out what happened to the planes. Sadler agrees to perform a simple task for the CIA in London, where he meets up with Amina “Amy” Hassan, who’s on a CIA watch list along with her billionaire father, Amin.
The situation is dire back in America, as Parkes barely acknowledges the Falcons of Islam, who claimed responsibility for the attack and say that they have sleeper agents in the United States. But the CIA fears that Sadler and his attorney fiancee, Nicole Farber, may be in more imminent danger, as Amin sent a killer to follow Sadler back to Dallas.
Sadler learns of the top-secret Operation Condor and is used by the CIA for his expertise and popularity, and later as bait. The bad guys’ plan, as well as the good guys’ strategy to fight back, feature varying motives and inevitable double crosses.
Filled with action and adventure, Order of Succession meets a need for a subset of thriller and mystery novels no longer as prevalent in newly released novels, yet still beloved by new and old readers alike.
“There’s not a lot of archaeological fiction – Indiana Jones-type material – out there,” Thompson explains. “Most of what I have seen borders on science fiction. The Brian Sadler Archaeological Mystery books are more thriller-mysteries than out-of-this-world stories.”
With heart pounding action that will leave readers begging for book six, themes explored by Order of Succession include:
- The dangers of a man with crude, vulgar, capitalistic and criminal qualities becoming President of the United States
- The significance of archaeology and ancient sites, as well as the history behind them
- Exploring the critical question: would an elected official of today sacrifice personal ambitions for the good of the country?
- How easily a backer of terrorism could theoretically take control of a major U.S. corporation and the potential fallout if such a situation were to occur
Bill Thompson became a corporate entrepreneur early when at age 12, he started a company that bought and sold coins. By age 25 he had founded an insurance agency that became one of the largest in Oklahoma. Expanding and adding to that firm, Thompson created a financial services holding company that operated in several states plus Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and England. He later sold his interests and joined his son as an executive in a computer memory manufacturing and distribution company, which by 1995 had grown to be in the top ten nationally by sales.
When that company sold, he decided to pursue a lifelong passion—writing archaeological thrillers. His burning interest in ancient sites, mysteries of the past, unexplained things in the jungle and stories of adventure in remote places drove him to frequent trips around the world. He has visited numerous historically significant sites, including Machu Picchu, Stonehenge, Avebury, Egypt, Petra and many ancient Olmec, Aztec and Maya cities in Mexico, Belize and Guatemala.