Monday, August 6, 2018

James Moushon – Operation Runaway is featured in the HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase

The HBS Author's Spotlight SHOWCASES James Moushon's Short Story: Operation Runaway.

Author James Moushon the self-published Mystery Author of the Jonathon Stone Mysteries. Also, he is a Short Story writer and an Author Advocate. James is the creator of the industry blogs: The Indie Author's Corner, the HBS Author's Spotlight and the HBS Mystery Reader's Circle.

Operation Runaway

A Jonathon Stone Mystery Short Story

Author: James Moushon


NSA information leaked by a spy sends Jonathon Stone and his fellow agent, Chuck Chun to Hawaii to stop the flow of information. Is our suspect a whistleblower or is it espionage? Their assignment: neutralize and stop the flow of information. At a luau in Paradise, they get help from an unlikely source before Jonathon and Chuck can complete their mission.

Excerpt from Operation Runaway

My boss, Russ Evans, was coming to Long Beach to brief me in person. When he did things like that it was always a special project and there was always danger involved. He was bringing Chuck Chun with him, a fellow agent, to help me with the op.

I turned my car into the Long Beach Airport parking lot and parked in short-term parking. I was about a half hour early so I headed to the restaurant in the terminal. There was enough time for a cup of coffee and a bagel. I had stayed away from the casino the night before just in case we were headed somewhere.

A CIA agent-at-large meant you got the quick and dirty assignments. I sat at the counter and drank my coffee. Usually, Russ gave me a good outline of what I was getting into beforehand. This time, besides the arrival information, his only remark was that it was a Stealth Op.

In the past, that meant a Black Op with limited communications. And to bring Chuck along was a sign that there was danger in the air.

I watched out the window as their plane landed, right on time. This airport is a no-frills one. The convenience was nice, but passengers had to deplane down mobile stairs to the tarmac. I watched as Russ and Chuck left the stairs and walked toward the terminal. Russ was much taller than Chuck. I guess I hadn’t noticed that before. The other surprise was Chuck was wearing a colorful Hawaiian shirt. It looked like we were going undercover, but Chuck was not going to blend in very well. At least, no one was going to make him as a Federal Agent with that thing on.

I met them in the luggage area. Russ had no baggage. Chuck, on the other hand, had two large suitcases. I greeted them both and we went to my car. Once in the car, Russ said, “Let’s go someplace where we can talk uninterrupted with no chance of eavesdropping.”

“Got it. Chuck, are you going to a luau?” I asked. I always tried to give him a hard time. He gave me one of his quick looks and didn’t answer.

I am the observant type who always tries to read between the lines. So we had Chuck with two large suitcases, a loud shirt, and no comment and we were headed to a secure location.

“How about the beach?” I asked.

We turned onto the main street and headed west. I know a couple of places near my home that were out in the open, yet secure enough for a confidential chat, at least before the beachgoers could get there.

I pulled the car into a parking area next to the beach and we walked to a set of stone tables. There was not much activity except for seagulls looking for breakfast in some garbage cans.

Russ started the conversation. “An order from the top has come down and you two were picked for the op. Jon, you have heard about this guy, Peter Drucker?”

“You mean the guy that’s leaking intel about our NSA operation?”

“That’s correct.”

I looked at Chuck. They are ordering a hit on the most watched man in the world. This didn’t make sense.

“Isn’t he held up in Russia at the airport?”

Russ realized what I had concluded. “He is not our target. He has been neutralized; he just doesn’t know it yet. The longer he stays in no man’s land at that airport, the more time the NSA and our Agency have to change players and our game plans. We always had a backup plan if this ever happened.”

“Does he really have the information they are reporting?” I asked.

“He has enough. He is releasing a document or two a day that’s the real thing. Everyone in San Francisco is doing damage assessments. It’s our number one priority.”

“So we are not going to Russia, right?”

“We are going to Hawaii, Jon,” Chuck said, with a quick smile.

I had been completely thrown off, except for Chuck’s shirt.

“Okay, here is our situation. This guy has information not only on us and the United Kingdom, but he has stuff on the Russians and Chinese. You know, when we do a write-up, we include not only what we were doing, but what we found out. He has all that.”

Author: James Moushon

Author Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers

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Author Description: James Moushon is a Mystery writer and an Author Advocate.

Starting over 15 years ago, he helped lead the startup of the electronic forms industry in the creation, conversion and usage of electronic forms by supplying that industry with a continuing source of published literature, software products and training seminars.

In 2003, Moushon changed his focus to ebooks and their development.

He is the author of the Jonathon Stone Mystery Novels. He has published three books: Black Mountain Secrets, Game of Fire and The Cajun Ghost plus several short stories including Operation No Sanctuary (June 2017), Operation Camp Navajo (July 2017), and Operation Asian Tiger (August 2017). All featuring CIA Agent Jonathon Stone.

A Jonathon Stone Mystery Short Story Winter 2017 is being released currently: Operation Sundown (November 2017), Operation Little Havana (December 2017), and Operation Listen Close (January 2018). All featuring CIA Agent Jonathon Stone.

James is currently wearing two Hats. He is a Mystery Writer and a Book Publishing Blogger. You can find his blogs at:

HBS Author's Spotlight
The blog's purpose is to help authors get exposure in the book publishing industry. He has interviewed and showcased over 600 authors to date.

HBS Mystery Reader's Circle
The HBS Mystery Reader's Circle provides information about the latest novels and what is coming next from a collection of Bestselling and Outstanding Authors in the Mystery, Thrillers, Historical Fiction and Crime genre.

eBook Author's Corner
The Corner is a collection of Author advice and studies including Marketing, Social Media and other major topics created to help writers in today's ever changing world of book publishing.

He has spent the majority of his adult life developing computer systems and thinking about writing mysteries.

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Author's Book List
Operation Deadline - A Jonathon Stone Mystery Short Story
A hit and run death of a man on the CIA’s watch list sends Jonathon Stone on another op. This time he teams with FBI Agent Jodi Shannon. They quickly find out it was a planned murder and the victim was part of an investigative reporter’s study of a Middle-Eastern student group. Then, a second murder with a similar MO occurs and Jonathon is sent in a different direction.

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Operation Red Dragon - A Jonathon Stone Mystery Short Story
Jonathon Stone’s plans for a quiet gambling experience are interrupted by the sighting of a known gun-for-hire from Mexico. A casual weekend in the desert for Jonathon changes into an apparent assassination plot. With the FBI and the Secret Service involved, Jonathon tries to apprehend the elusive hit man before he can do damage.

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Operation Listen Close - A Jonathon Stone Mystery Short Story
A man is found dead in the trunk of a cab in downtown LA and a FBI investigation reveals that Jonathon Stone is connected to the murder. The Victim: A Chinese Special Agent on assignment in the US. The Suspect: A Russian cabbie who is wanted for terrorism in Hong Kong. Stone and Chuck Chun go into the CIA bag of tricks to solve the murder.

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Operation Little Havana
Jonathon Stone teams up with FBI Agent Maria Sanchez in Miami to try to solve the murder attempt of an exiled Cuban baseball player. As news stories continue to fuel the growing tension between the US and the Cuban people over a government change in policy, Jonathon is thrust into the middle of an international crisis.

After another murder attempt of a ballplayer, the op takes a sudden shift from the Little Havana area of Miami to the Everglades. While Stone and Sanchez struggle to find out who is at the bottom of this, their focus abruptly changes to a freelance reporter and a mystery man.

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Operation Sundowner
A bomb explodes at a country club in Southern California and Jonathon Stone is right in the middle of things. Jonathon and fellow CIA agent Chuck Chun are assigned to protect Russ Evans, their boss from San Francisco, at a retirement party and things go terribly wrong. Several guests are killed and Russ is hurt. As the two CIA agents try to find the perpetrators, they end up with an op filled with out of the way places and superstition.

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Operation Asian Tiger - A Jonathon Stone Mystery Short Story
Chuck Chun joins Jonathon Stone in a mundane assignment in Singapore. The dull surveillance op quickly turns from boring to the search for terrorists and the solution of an international tragedy. The Royal Malaysian Police are going in the wrong direction as Jonathon uses the vast resources of the CIA to zero in on the truth.

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Operation Camp Navajo - A Jonathon Stone Mystery Short Story
Camp Navajo Weapon Station near Flagstaff, Arizona is robbed and Jonathon Stone and fellow agent Dale Oak are dispatched to the area to insure that CIA weapons stored at the site are intact. Upon arrival he finds the FBI has taken charge and has quickly caught the thieves.

Case closed. After a drive through the area and listening to the details of the crime from the FBI, things just didn’t add up. A complete search of the facilities finds explosives are missing and Jonathon is tasked with finding them before they are used.

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Operation No Sanctuary - A Jonathon Stone Mystery Short Story
A gang war erupts in East LA between neighborhood gangs and the notorious MS-13 gang from San Salvador and a Mexican cartel from Tijuana is right in the middle of the conflict. Drug trafficking, gang shootings and politics all play a role as Jonathon Stone battles the sanctuary city LA which seems to protect the innocent and the guilty.

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The Cajun Ghost - A Jonathon Stone Mystery

CIA Agent Jonathon Stone’s purchase of an old rifle from a gun dealer leads him on a search for the owner of the gun. When he finds the owner, a Cajun gun for hire, he discovers that he was one of the shooters in downtown Phoenix the day Senator Ted Closen was assassinated.

The rifle purchase leads to a chain of events that threaten Stone’s CIA cover, his life and puts the CIA Long Beach undercover operation in jeopardy.

As the search accelerates, fellow agent Carol Haney joins Stone on a journey that goes from California to the French quarter in New Orleans to Phoenix to the mountains in Northern Arizona.

Jonathon follows the trail through murderers, land barons, politicians and the mob to find the truth about the Cajun Ghost and the murder of Senator Closen.

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Game of Fire - A Jonathon Stone Mystery
An explosion and fire rocks a Southern California mall and it is quickly determined it is arson. The timing of the incident is special because it interrupts the Tet New Year’s Festival and Parade in Little Saigon, an area just east of Long Beach.

Had the old wounds of Vietnam been opened again or was there a different game being played?

Enter veteran CIA Agent Jonathon Stone. Already in pursuit of the gun-running Minh family, he connects with a special FBI task force to assist in the investigation of the explosion and Minh quickly becomes their number one suspect.

Stone teams up with FBI Agent Jodi Shannon to pursue the people behind the arson fire. Jodi is a serious, no nonsense agent who leads the FBI Arson Task Force. While she fights to solve the mystery, she also fights Stone’s advances. As always, he tries to mix business with pleasure.

As the game takes its twists and turns, Stone’s assignment leads to a shootout in Las Vegas and a car chase down the coast of Southern California.

Jonathon Stone battles his love for gambling and drinking and the ladies to help solve the Mystery of the Game of Fire.

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Black Mountain Secrets - A Jonathon Stone Mystery
CIA Agent Jonathon Stone goes undercover to help in an FBI investigation after a fellow agent is murdered on the Colorado River.

Stone continues the agent’s investigation of suspects who are stealing top-secret documents from a secret Army base in the middle of the Mohave Desert. The trail leads him from the rugged Black Mountains of Nevada to Laughlin, a gambling oasis on the Colorado.

As things heat up in this desert paradise, Stone dodges bullets and attempts on his life until he reaches the ultimate showdown. Jonathon Stone truly needs lady luck on his side to catch the spies and get through this ordeal alive.

Mystery Writer James Moushon brings to life Jonathon Stone, an undercover CIA agent assigned to the off the books CIA division – DOT.

He throws Stone right into the middle of action. As the mystery unfolds, Stone uses his wealth of knowledge and keen analytical mind to complete his dangerous assignments, while at the same time battling his love for gambling and drinking and the ladies.

Book Trailer: Black Mountain Secrets

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