Sleeper Cell By Ralph McNeal, Sr.

August 6, 2009 at 1:58 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Sleeper Cell Final CoverIntroduction:

 

     A “Sleeper Cell” is agents or spies who are placed in a target country or organization, not to undertake an immediate mission, but rather to act as potential assets if activated at a later point in time.  They have infiltrated into the target country and ‘gone to sleep’, sometimes for many years. That is, they do nothing to communicate with their sponsors, or any existing agents, or to obtain information beyond that from public sources. They can also be referred to as deep cover agents. They acquire jobs, attend schools of higher learning, get married, and have families, and identities-ideally ones which will prove useful in the future-and attempt to blend into everyday life as a normal citizen. In a sense, the best sleeper agents are those who are not paid by their sponsor as they are able to earn enough money to support themselves. This avoids the possibly of tracing payments from abroad. In such cases, it is possible that the sleeper agent might be successful enough to become what is sometimes termed an agent of influence.  Those sleeper agents who have been discovered have often been natives of the target country who moved elsewhere in early life and been co-opted (perhaps for ideological or ethnic reasons) before returning to the target country. This is valuable to the sponsor as the sleeper’s language and other skills can be those of a ‘native’ and thus less likely to trigger suspicion.  Choosing and inserting sleeper agents has often been problematic as it is difficult to predict which target will be appropriate some years in the future. If the sponsor government (or its policies) changes after the sleeper has been inserted, the sleeper might be found to have been planted in the wrong target.

 

About the Book:

 

THIS IS A FICTIONAL NOVEL OF ADVENTURE, CONSPIRACY, FOREIGN INTRIGUE, DEAL MAKING, FINANCIAL STRATEGIES AND THE ISSUE DU JOUR–TERRORISM.   

 

     Jonathan Wainwright Skyler, a U.S. soldier, befriends Ben Kalib Ali, a seven year old orphan in Iraq.  After eighteen months of duty, Jonathan “gyros” back to the U.S. and musters out of the National Guard.  He goes back to work for a wall street firm and in the ensuing years becomes a successful venture capitalist. While having lunch with clients, he notices a young man, dapperly dressed, having lunch with a group of diners.  The young man looks familiar, they look at each other and eventually they meet in the restaurant’s restroom and begin talking.  Jonathan says hello to Ben Kalib Ali, a strapping young man, handsome and well spoken. Ben tells Jonathan that he was adopted by a California family and sent to the US. After arriving, he completed his primary, secondary schooling and finally University of Southern California. There he majored in chemical engineering and later finished law school at Georgetown University.  Ben also said that he was newly married, employed as an attorney with a New York Wall Street firm and was living in Westchester, taking the train everyday to Grand Central Station and then by subway to his office on Wall Street.  Little does Jonathan know, but Ben has been programmed to be a “Sleeper Cell” destined to carry out one of the most devastating events in New York City.

     The story takes place in the years 2000 – 2024.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author:

 

            This is Ralph L. McNeal, Sr’s first novel.  He has spent most of his professional life in the Venture Capital Industry. He has authored a novel that brings into play global financial considerations and futuristic financial uncertainties.  Ralph has been employed in financial and management capacities in both the public and private sectors.  The author is a graduate of Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio.  He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and served his country as an officer of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, 50th Armor and the 102nd Armored Cavalry (Essex Troop) Regiment. Ralph is currently working on his next fiction novel “The Venture Capitalist,” a sequel to “Sleeper Cell.”

     Mr. McNeal has written articles appearing in the “US Congressional Record” and the “Planning Executives Institute” magazine.  His bio has appeared in the Marquis’ “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who in Finance and Industry.”  He is a recipient of the 2000 US Small Business Administration’s New Jersey Small Business Financial Services Advocate of the Year Award,” and the Brown and Williamson Tobacco Companie’s “1992 Kool’s National Achievers Award.”

 

Reviews:

 

 

 

Our conspiracy theories were right, April 4, 2009

By  T. Norwood (Virginia)

One of the good things about Sleeper Cell is it’s ability to make you look over your shoulder and wonder about the person next to you. You also begin to see the potential for bad in everyone, even a small child. The story spends a lot of time talking about the short relationship between the soldier and the boy and even gives you glimpses of Ben’s “all American” life after the tragic death of his family. The frightening part is how the author can take the scenes of triumph over tragedy and pieces of normalcy and sew threads of plotting and evil into everyday life.
The down side to this story would be a lack of the “seat of your pants” type of chapters that make you want to continue reading. The histories of the two main characters are a good setup to the horrible final chapter but it takes too long to get to that point. Overall a good book!

 

”Foreign Intrigue: Friend or Terrorist?,”  April 9, 2009

By  RSeifert

In this novel the author displays the ever increasing multitude of problems the world will face as it enters into the near future. We also learn of some of the solutions that might take place if we set our minds to correcting the problems. One of those solutions is designing our cities to operate in an environmentally friendly manner. A case in point would be to develop such a plan for the rebuilding of New Orleans after hurricane Katrina.
This story centers around sleeper cells (a person or group of people that are positioned around the world by an organization, who then wait for a call to action from a command center. Usually to perform an act of terrorism.) This story reminds us that if we do not resolve our hatred for one another in a very short period of time, advancement in technology will ensure that those that wish the rest of humanity dead will have the means to do so.

 

 

 

 

 

Robert A. Harris  (New Hampshire)

Readers Review 

Author     Ralph L. McNeal Sr.

Begging For a Sequel.”

 May 2009

Title        Sleeper Cell

            Every so often, a writer is able to capture the moment with a story that address current day issues, events and circumstances which all readers, both young and older, can identify. Mr. McNeal’s’ Sleeper Cell delivers a hard hitting written tapestry that brings to life in bold strokes the good, bad and ugly on an international stage with a style that reminds the reader of novels written by the likes of Nicholas Pileggi, Tom Clancy, John Grisham and Norman Mailer.            Sleeper Cell takes the reader to familiar places and while there introduces characters that could be your next door neighbor or business associate. Consequently, scary thoughts are made to enter ones’ mind when the curtain of secrecy is unveiled as you course through this novel. As you read, you will often pause in contemplation of the people you met during your travels and wonder if they might have been those who are the principal characters in Mr. McNeal’s story.   As I write this review, I am tempted to provide some detail, but that would steal the books thunder. Thus the reader will have to “find out” on his or her own.

            Although relatively short, this book is loaded with action and begs for a sequel.

            Congratulations.. This one is a winner.

 

MLowery (Columbus, Ohio)

Believable–could happen?

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Posted June 15, 2009, 1:07 AM EST: This is a lively and readable novel of action, and situation, the narrative moves along at a great rate, dialogue is particularly well crafted. The characters are completely believable in the parts they play, and the end result is strong and effective. The story is able to keep you in suspense through its twenty-four years of activity, with today’s situations and circumstances soothsaying into the future. The international settings and places added to the foreign intrigue, deal making and conspiracy undertaking are strengthened by the strong and realistic drawn characters of Jonathan and Ben Ali. The futuristic financings and financial strategies dovetailing into today’s environmental needs set the stage for sequels to follow. A Sleeper Cell is agents or spies placed in a target country to be activated at a later point in time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PhyllisPW  (Hurdle Mills, N.C.)

Ralph McNeal’s Sleeper Cell

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Posted July 11, 2009, 1:46 PM EST: Mr. McNeal’s Sleeper Cell is intriguing and so current that I had a hard time putting it down. He uses refreshing far-reaching knowledge of the various directions his book takes. Specific references of sports activities, the internals of the corporate environment, the military, even up to the Green Zone in Baghdad, all of which added to the excitement of his book. As a woman, his descriptions of the hotel rooms and the restaurants jumped out at me – so thorough that I could visualize details of the rooms. His excellent use of familiar attractions in various U.S. cities added pleasant memories. The descriptions of international projects brought a new interest that is both promising and unnerving, while the characters were believable and exciting. In his book, Mr. McNeal appears to draw from some of his own life experiences – all in the spirit of objectivity. I am anxiously awaiting the sequel with the hint of promised intrigue. This is a winner.

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The Trojan Project By Eileen Thornton

August 6, 2009 at 1:47 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


  The Trojan Project Distressed at the disappearance of Pete, her husband, Sarah Maine is further alarmed when a sinister green light hovers over the Cheviots. Next day she finds Dave in the lane, his flesh melting. Barely alive, he warns her not to touch him and tells her that Pete is already dead. However, unbeknown to him, Pete is trapped in a cave with Josh, two dogs and some sheep. Sarah goes to the police. Sergeant Gilmore and Constable Manners go to check Sarah’s story leaving her with Constable Andy Simmonds. Finding Dave’s remains, the sergeant makes notes, but accidentally touches the melted flesh. His fingers start to melt. Manners tries to contact the station, but can’t get through. Bandaging Gilmore’s hand, he touches the fingers. Driving back, his hand begins to melt. Horrified, he veers off the road and crashes the car. At the station, Andy Simmons can’t hear his colleague’s report and believes the hills are blocking the signal. But his suspicions are aroused at the army’s sudden appearance, asking for Sarah by name. Were they listening to the police radio? Andy convinces Sarah of the danger and they begin a perilous journey to her parent’s home in London. Sarah is sure her father, as head of the government’s Scientific Affairs, will find out what happened. But with the military blocking the road at every turn, will they get to London safely. Meanwhile what has happened to Pete? And what was the mysterious light in the sky? There are so many questions, yet who has the answers?

Reviews:

 

Reviews for The Trojan Project

 

(5 Stars)  Terrifyingly Real –  An Edge of the Seat Thriller from Start to Finish!

 

The Trojan Project is, without a doubt, one of the finest thrillers by a debut novelist I have read in a very long time. This book had me hooked from page one and the storyline was so terrifyingly plausible that it sent shivers down my spine. Eileen Thornton weaves an ingenious plot and the characters are all too recognisable as normal, everyday people caught up in a horrendously frightening situation, where no-one is what they seem and no-one knows who to trust. The villains of the piece are all the more villainous because of what, rather then who they are, and I found myself cheering for the heroes of the book as they slowly unravelled the mystery behind the ghastly Trojan Project. The truly chilling part of this tale is that the scenario the author has skillfully created just might happen one day, and as a result, I found my heart beating a little faster at times as the chilling reality of that fact made itself so clearly evident. The book reminded me very much of the works of one of my own literary favourites, Robert Goddard and that is probably the highest compliemt I can pay to this author. The Trojan Project is without a doubt a beautifully crafted and chillingly superb read and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone with a love for the thriller genre. Bravo, Eileen Thornton!

 

Brian L Porter

Author, A Study in Red – The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper

The Preditors & Editors Best Thriller Novel of 2008 Award Winner.

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This story kept me on the edge of my chair from page one.
Masterfully written, Eileen Thornton has captured the essence of events that are plausible and have a very real possibility of coming about in our world today.
This a very thrilling story that draws the reader in and holds them captive until the very climax of the book.
I have not read much of the Suspense/Thriller genre, however, if any of the future titles by this author come available, I will certainly be looking for them with relish.
This is a must title for any fan of the genre!

 

Donald Drake, author of The Coming of The One
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This book is not to be missed, it will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way to the last page. I couldn’t put it down, and I can’t wait for Eileen Thornton’s next book. Terrrrific!!!!!

 

Gina Brandom

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What can I say…couldn’t put the book down until the end! If I had the money I’d purchase the FILM RIGHTS as this book would make a cracking BRITISH FILM….awaiting her next book.

 

Malcolm Bogaert

 

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Best wishes,
 
Eileen Thornton
The Trojan Project – Nominated for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2009
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