Thursday, March 26, 2015

Review & Giveaway - A No Good Itch by S.D. Skye

A No Good Itch

by S.D. Skye 





The FBI and Italian Mafia make strange bedfellows when a vicious Russian Organized crime figure, operating at the behest of Russian Intelligence, lands in The Big Apple. The Russian intelligence hench-man, infamously known as Mashkov, avenges the death of slain a Russian sleeper agent and accidentally hits the son of an Italian crime boss, sending J.J. and Task Force Phantom Hunter to the streets of New York. They are stepping into a possible war between Russian and Italian organized crime factions, while trying to dismantle the financial hub of the most insidious Russian illegals network in U.S. History. 

Meanwhile, CIA Case Officer Grayson “Six” Chance is in Moscow trying to capture a fugitive American who has stolen White House intelligence and is planning to pass it to the Russians—putting Six in a moral dilemma he may not be prepared to handle. 

And when J.J. finally learns the truth surrounding her mother's death in the line of duty, her life may never be the same.

If you enjoy this book, you will love Book 1--The Seven Year Itch (A J.J. McCall Novel) and Book 2 -- Son of a Itch (A J.J. McCall Novel). 




Fear, failure, and the fear of failure turned enemies into friends like nothing else in the convoluted world of intelligence and spying. No doubt the reason FBI representatives had been summoned to the Russian Embassy in Washington. 

"We'll need a dump truck for the BS about to be heaped on us today," J.J. whispered to her co-case agent, Tony Donato. As the lead case agent behind the ruckus, she'd been ordered to attend the meeting, listen, and respond to nothing. 

"Shhh," Tony whispered in reply. "The walls have ears." 

Resident Andrei Komarov, the Russian equivalent to the CIA Station Chief in Moscow, led J.J., Tony, and Assistant Director of Counterintelligence John Nixon through the hallowed embassy halls until they reached a well-appointed conference room. It contained mahogany-paneled walls, large open armchairs, and an oversized table large enough to seat Komarov's ego and attitude, both massive in her past experience. 

Komarov settled in at the head of the table, his face reddened and contorted. It was as if every word he was about to speak, no doubt carefully selected by the Foreign Minister, would sear his throat and exit his lips like sharpened razors carving him from the inside. 

"We've all met before and are quite familiar with one another," Komarov began, shooting a slicing glare through J.J. "So, I'll feel free to dispense with the introductions and pleasantries since we all understand why we are here today." Her aggressive targeting of SVR officers for recruitment was legendary...or infamous, depending on which side of the table you sat. She suppressed the awe she felt. He was the personification of the Russian James Bond in looks, dress, and devoid of any semblance of accent.  

J.J., Tony, and Nixon exchanged strained glances before she took a deep breath to brace herself. Komarov was about to progress through the four steps of surviving a massive operational failure. 

Step 1: Admit nothing.

J. J. McCall is a tough FBI agent working in counterintelligence whose mother, Special Agent Naomi Jones, died while undercover on the job. There is mystery surrounding Naomi's death and J. J. may be in real danger if she discovers the truth. Meanwhile, FBI agents must hunt down U. S. traitor, Gary Mosin, before the stolen high level tapes he possesses can be given to Russia.  Russian and American officials meet to come to terms each accusing the other of misdeeds while neither side reveals anything closely resembling the truth.

While all this is happening a Russian sleeper agent accidentally takes out the son of a Mafia 'Don.' So while Russia and America are at odds, each trying to get to the highly classified information Mosin holds - now you have the Mafia and Russian mobsters moving to the tune of violence and death.
Because A No Good Itch is well written and transports it's readers through the twists and turns of a mmultifaceted tale of spies, underworld mobsters and government cover-ups, I give it 4 stars. ~JoEllen


AUTHOR Bio and Links: 

S.D. Skye is a former FBI Counterintelligence Analyst in the Russia program and supported cases during her 12-year tenure at the Bureau. She has personally witnessed the blowback the Intelligence Community suffered due to the most significant compromises in U.S. history, including the arrests of former CIA Case Officer Aldrich Ames and two of the Bureau's own—FBI Agents Earl Pitts and Robert Hansen. She has spent 20 years in the U.S. Intelligence Community.  

Skye is a member of the Maryland Writer’s Association, Romance Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. She’s addicted to writing and chocolate—not necessarily in that order—and currently lives in the Washington D.C. area with her son. Skye is hard at work on several projects, including the next installment of the series.

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  1. Thanks so much for hosting and for the review! If anyone has questions today please ask!

  2. What'd be the author's dream cast if the book were made into a movie?

  3. Great review and I loved the excerpt.

  4. Great excerpt and review! Thanks for sharing, I'm looking forward to checking this one out :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Victoria. Hope you check it out.

  5. Really great post! I enjoyed reading about the author and knowing that she is drawing on some of her own experiences in her novels. and a question for S. D. Skye: Are you going to stay with this genre and how many books do you foresee in this series? Thank you!

    1. Hi Betty. This series will definitely not go on forever. But it will go on for at least 2-4 more books. I'm going to follow the story where it takes me. I'd planned 5 but the way the storyline is going--and with the big twist in this story--it feels like it needs an additional book or 2 to bring things to logical closure. Even when this series ends, the characters may come back in a different series. I like them.

  6. I really enjoyed this entire post! Thank you!