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196 pages
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Nice Things Said

". . . Chet is like the original
 James Bond in a modern setting
 with a current, and very real,
 foe to battle. A must read!"
 --- Kimble & McKay Literary 
 Arts Group

". . . James is a longtime employee
 of high-security government
 agencies, so he knows how it goes."
 --- East Bay Express, Emeryville, CA

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His companion was unmoved, saying, "This is your turn for martyrdom. Allah loves you."

The plane roared down the runway, its nose directly in front of them. Hassan glanced down. A pile of rockets lay between him and the driver, who was positioned as a launching pad for the assault. Hassan shivered as the plane’s belly bared itself for their attack in the deafening liftoff . . .

"Fire!" barked the man behind him.

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Mugged in Marseilles
by Coby Derek James
ISBN-10: 0-9723737-6-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-9723737-6-0

About This Book

In France, Chet Lake collects intelligence from CIA field agents regarding operations of North African terrorists associated with al-Qaeda militants.

Lake's mission is suddenly interrupted by the theft of his top secret handheld CIA communicator. The street thief, Hassan Aref, unknowingly at the time, takes on Lake's identity. When the young man stumbles into the hands of an Algerian terrorist organization, Lake's mission, and his very life, are at grave risk.

In a strange twist, Lake and Aref clash again under circumstances similar to their first encounter. Lake quickly discovers the terrorists' objective is to destroy a grand hotel in Kenya, and all those within it.

Lake now realizes he has no choice but to rely on Aref to help avert this disaster. But to do so, they must first stay alive.

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Coby Derek James is a pseudonym for a real person who looks like, acts like, and does the work of the protagonist portrayed in this novel. He has more than thirty years of combined diplomatic and international experience with various U.S. agencies.

He works on a contract basis and continues this work today. This is the reason for the assumed name used here, both to continue his work and protect his sources.

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News Release

Foremost Press Releases New Espionage Thriller

Cedarburg, Wisconsin - Mugged in Marseilles by Coby Derek James, a resident of Oakland, California, has been released by Foremost Press under the imprint of Action Tales.

About the book: When Chet Lake, a CIA courier on assignment in France, is attacked, his top secret handheld CIA communicator is stolen. The thief, Hassan Aref, promply takes on Lake's identity. When Aref falls into the hands of an Algerian terrorist group, Lake's life is in danger, his mission is in grave jeopardy, and the CIA messaging system is seriously compromised. In an ironic twist, Lake tangles with Aref again. And learns of a terrorist plot to destroy a grand hotel in Kenya. Lake is stunned when he discovers he must rely upon Aref to save not only his own life, but the lives of the innocent hotel guests as well.

About the author: Coby Derek James is a pseudonym for a man who lives the life of the protagonist in Mugged in Marseilles. With over thirty years of diplomatic and international experience with various U.S. agencies, he uses an assumed name in order to continue his work and protect his sources. His experience lends a grand credibility to his writing.

From the publisher: "Mugged in Marseilles was the last of four titles we released in 2003," says publisher Mary Holzrichter. "Sales to date suggest this will become a top seller this year and remain popular indefinitely."

For further information and/or a complimentary copy for review, visit http://foremostpress.com/booksellers/mugged_nts.html. Booksellers can order at ForemostPress.com.
ISBN 0-9723737-6-4, 196 pp, $12.97

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A Review

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Foremost Press Releases New Espionage Thriller

Cedarburg, Wisconsin - Mugged in Marseilles by Coby Derek James is a startling tale, a grand mix of a CIA mission suddenly in jeopardy, an identity theft gone badly wrong, and fanatical terrorists about to strike.

James is a skillful writer who has lived the life of his protagonist for over thirty years. And the name used here is, of course, a pseudonym. For he continues his public career in distant parts of our troubled world, always available as a courier to the CIA and other U.S. agencies. It's this experience that brightens James' work with an unquestionable authenticity. And it also provides him with the insights needed to create a fascinating background for the story and the characters in it.

The protagonist, Chet Lake, is virtually a self-portrait of James. In Mugged in Marseilles, Lake finds his life is in danger when his identity is stolen. And the CIA network itself is in serious jeopardy, for his top secret handheld communicator was also taken.

In a strange twist, Lake confronts Hassan Aref, the thief who stole his identity and the CIA device, and learns of a deadly terrorist plot. He soon realizes only Aref can save his life, and those of the many scheduled to die at the hands of the terrorists who are linked closely to al-Qaeda.

As this story, which begins in Marseilles, flows at breakneck speed across Europe and into North Africa, there may be a point or two at which the reader will need to take a leap of faith. But James draws it all tightly together in a wrap that will surprise you.

Mugged in Marseilles is a fast moving, offbeat tale you won't be able to put down. And you'll enjoy every minute of the read.

Mugged in Marseilles was published by Foremost Press under the imprint of Action Tales. It can be ordered at ForemostPress.com.
ISBN 0-9723737-6-4, 196 pp, $12.97

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