Art Kerns joined the FBI with a career in counterintelligence and counter terrorism. On retirement, he became a consultant with the Intelligence Community and the Department of State, taking him to over sixty-five countries. His short stories have appeared in a number of award-winning anthologies and he has completed a mystery based on the unsolved 1929 murder of an FBI agent in Phoenix. Diversion Books has published his Hayden Stone thriller series, first, The Riviera Contract, and followed by The African Contract. He’s working on the third in the series, The Yemen Contract.
In this third novel in the series CIA operative Hayden Stone has his work cut out for him. Abdul Wahab seeks to make a power grab in the exotic land of Yemen and establish a terrorist base from which to launch an attack on Europe.
Wahab lures Stone to Yemen by kidnapping his partner CIA officer Sandra Harrington in Sicily. Stone comfortably operates in the mysterious, exotic world of Yemen where tribal leaders vie for power with the central government, al Qaeda exerts its influence through murder and mayhem, and double-dealing among Bedouin and townspeople is a national pastime.
The cat and mouse game goes from the capital Sana’a, to the deserts in the far east of the country, and to the mountain villages in the north. Stone has a personal stake in this mission, but can never keep his eye off of the greater plot developing, the one that puts millions in peril, and that only he can stop.