In one of the most exciting debuts in years, G. T. Almasi has fused
the intricate cat-and-mouse games of a John le Carré novel with the
brash style of comic book superheroes to create a kick-ass alternate
history that reimagines the Cold War as a clash of spies with
biological, chemical, and technological enhancements.
Nineteen-year-old Alix Nico, a self-described “million-dollar murder machine,” is a rising star in ExOps, a covert-action agency that aggressively shields the United States from its three great enemies: the Soviet Union, Greater Germany, and the Nationalist Republic of China. Rather than risk another all-out war, the four superpowers have poured their resources into creating superspies known as Levels.
Alix is one of the hottest young American Levels. That’s no surprise: Her dad was America’s top Level before he was captured and killed eight years ago. But when an impulsive decision explodes — literally — in her face, Alix uncovers a conspiracy that pushes her to her limits and could upset the global balance of power forever.
For it seems her father may still be alive, a prisoner of the Germans, handed over to them by a traitor in ExOps — a traitor who will stop at nothing to see Alix dead as well.
G. T. Almasi graduated from RISD and moved to Boston to pursue a career as a graphic designer. While he built his design portfolio, he joined a band as the bass player, and wrote and designed the band’s newsletter. Once his career as an art director took off, he continued to supplement his design talents by writing copy for his clients. Almasi lives in Plymouth, Massachusetts, with his wife, Natalie, and their lovably stubborn dog, Ella.