My Novel – Return to Darkness

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Standing on Pennsylvania Avenue NW and looking up F Street NW at the J. Edgar Hoover Building, national  headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington, D.C., in the United States of America.

Posted on June 11, 2012 by , Sr., JD. Revised and updated, August 12, 2019.


THE GRAND KREMLIN PALACE, MOSCOW. President Putin with Lyudmila Putin at a party after the inauguration ceremony. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WestBow Press, a Division of the Thomas Nelson Publishing House and Zondervan, published my latest novel, Return to Darkness in April. The book is available in a 6″ x 9″ trade paperback, and in a hardcover edition as well.
This is the third of the Matt Dawson series. According to WestBow, 25,000 book distributors across the country (including Amazon and Barnes & Noble), have been notified and are standing by to process orders. (Wouldn’t THAT be nice). If you’d like a signed copy, you can get one by contacting me directly at 828-241-1146.

Here’s a synopsis of this exciting new novel:

“2006 proves to be a deadly year for journalists and dissenters in the Russian Federation. Hard-hitting investigative reporter Mara Belovskaya is shot and killed in the lobby of her apartment building. Her friend, Russian defector Karol Malenkov, is poisoned in a London sushi bar while investigating her murder. Who is responsible for their deaths? Evidence points to the Russian government. Mara has left with Malenkov a computer disk containing information damaging to Russia. When a list of double agents who spied for France and the former Soviet Union also surfaces, the FBI hands Private Investigator Matt Dawson a mission: to retrieve the disk and list before they fall into the wrong hands.

In addition to the Russian government, there are several very powerful people with dubious motives who want to take possession of the CD and list; a wealthy Russian Oligarch whose goal in life is to destroy the Russian President, a mysterious society of retired KGB agents calling itself Pride and Glory who seek the return of the powerful Soviet Union, a former double agent living in England who spied for Russia and the British, who kindles a relationship with Jesus while searching for the disk and list, the husband of the Governor of Massachusetts whose name may be on that list of double agents, and Mara Belovskaya’s ex-husband whose lust for wealth and fame knows no bounds. Unfortunately, they all realize that the only person standing in their way is Matt Dawson!”

To place your order for a signed copy:

Signed Trade Paperback; make your check out to me in the amount of $31.75 ($25.00 + $6.75 for shipping),

Signed Hardcover; make your check out to me for $36.75 ($30.00 + $6.75 for shipping),

Please send the check to me at this address, along with instruction as to whom I should sign it and what, if anything special you’d like me to say:

153 1st Street, NW, Catawba, NC 28609

Questions? : Please call 828-241-1146



Return to Darkness hit the bookshelves the first week of April. By mid-June, the first reviews began trickling in. Here are the first two.
Review 1: by AllAmericanBoy; Posted June 20, 2012 by John Armstrong, Baltimore MD: “A Very Good Read.”
  • A well written story with plenty of action.The hero is a decent man, but with some flaws.The characters are interesting and believable. Many of the settings take place out of the USA, exploring new geography and different cultures. Importantly,the story presents a moral side of how actions affect the doer and those acted upon. Nothing gets wrapped in a neat package and the plot shows the many ramifications of people’s thoughts and actions. An easy read for fans of the international world of intrigue.

Review 2: by Phrank; PostedJune 25, 2012 by Frank Warthan, Henderson, NV. “Return to Darkness was a great read. Couldn’t put it down.”
  •  Return to Darkness was a great read. Couldn’t put it down, a real “page turner”. It is a reality based spy novel with lots of politics, conspiracy and “insider stuff”. It is credible and it feels like you are there with Matt Dawson as the tale unfolds. The use of time line subchapters [headings] with locations is something I have never seen before but it worked extremely well for this novel; made it easier to follow a fairly complex story. Also liked the inclusion of detailed outlines of military equipment (Sig Arms Sig Pro 2340 .40 caliber automatic, Gulfstream C37A military jet powered by Rolls-Royce BR710A1-10 turbofan engines, Russian T90 [tank], etc., etc.); these added just the right touch of realism. The author did a good job of researching real events, organizations and international locations and including them in the plot line. Real political figures and media are also interspersed throughout the novel (Fox News, Ann Coulter, etc.). This is not primarily a morality tale but the psychology and religious feelings of the characters are well-developed and useful in the telling of the story. The people are, in other words, very interesting participants in the tale. Highly recommended!

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