First Line Friday — The Paris Betrayal

16 Apr

Happy Friday! Exciting things going on this weekend with my family. My daughter gets married tomorrow! Woo hoo. Not a lot of reading has been going on, but I hope to jumpstart that soon. One of the books I am looking forward to is The Paris Betrayal by James R. Hannibal. International suspense is a favorite of mine, yet I don’t often read it. Can’t wait to dive into this one.

Here’s the first line:

From a rooftop perch, Ben Calix watched the courier leave the Tiber and cross the piazza.

After a rough mission in Rome involving the discovery of a devastating bioweapon, Company spy Ben Calix returns to Paris to find his perfectly ordered world has collapsed. A sniper attack. An ambush. A call for help that brings French SWAT forces down on his head. Ben is out. This is a severance — reserved for incompetents and traitors.

Searching for answers and anticipating a coming attack, Ben and a woman swept up in his misfortunes must travel across Europe to find the sniper who tried to kill him, the medic who saved his life, the schoolmaster who trained him, and an upstart hacker from his former team. More than that, Ben must come to grips with his own insignificance as the Company’s plan to stop Leviathan from unleashing the bioweapon at any cost moves forward without him — and he struggles against the infection that is swiftly claiming territory within his own body.

Award-winning author James R. Hannibal rachets up the tension on every page of this suspenseful new thriller.

Former stealth pilot James R. Hannibal is no stranger to secrets and adventure. He has been shot at, locked up with surface to air missiles, and chased down a winding German road by an armed terrorist. He is a two-time Silver Falchion award-winner for his Section 13 mysteries, a Thriller Award nominee for his Nick Baron covert ops series, and a Selah Award finalist for his Clandestine Service series. James is a rare multi-sense synesthete, meaning all of his senses intersect. He sees and feels sounds and smells and hears flashes of light. If he tells you the chocolate cake you offered smells blue and sticky, take it as a compliment.

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7 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Paris Betrayal”

  1. Becky April 16, 2021 at 4:55 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Adore Me” by Autumn Macarthur:

    “Was Christmas the best of times or the worst of times? No matter what the song said, the season wasn’t always merry or bright.”

  2. Danielle Grandinetti April 17, 2021 at 9:41 am #

    Sounds intense!

    My first line comes from The Indebted Earl by Erica Vetsch:

  3. Jen@GracetoGrow April 17, 2021 at 12:26 pm #

    This was so good! James R. Hannibal definitely knows how to write a spy thriller 😉

    I shared the first line from Blackberry Beach on my blog! I just finished To Save a King by Rachel Hauck, so I’ll share the first line here: “Once Upon A Time… Prince John believed in fairy tales.” Have a great weekend!

  4. Paula Shreckhise April 17, 2021 at 1:59 pm #

    My first line is from All That Really Matters by Nicole Deese:
    I used to marvel at the way my Great Mimi’s arthritic fingers would pinch her eyeliner pencil and trace a perfect stroke of midnight black along her upper lash line.
    Happy reading!

  5. Beauty in the Binding Blog April 17, 2021 at 5:40 pm #

    Happy Saturday! Today, I’m sharing the first line from Falling for Your Fake Fiancé by Emma St. Claire. “‘Go over it again,’ I demand, leaning my elbows on my massive mahogany desk.”

  6. Gretchen April 18, 2021 at 11:38 am #

    Hope your daughter’s wedding is beautiful!

    The James Hannibal book looks good. I have not read anything by him.

  7. Regine Karpel April 19, 2021 at 8:29 am #

    Love it. Have a blessed Monday.

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