Waging a Secret War.
To Prevent . . . a World War.
Against all odds, Colonel Hunter Stark and FBI Special Agent Monica Cruz must cross the lines of morality and justice in order to track down the perpetrators of a heinous crime that threatens to bring modern civilization to the very brink of a nuclear apocalypse.
In a tragic turn of events, Kim Jong-un, President of North Korea, is assassinated during an official visit to the United States.
On the surface, it appears as if the attack was carried out by the Japanese Mafia. And since it occurred on American soil, it makes the surviving and paranoid leadership in Pyongyang believe this could be the precursor to a long-feared invasion.
As the U.S. Seventh Fleet comes under attack in the Sea of Japan, American President Laura Vaccaro orders Stark and Cruz to unearth the proof she needs to exonerate America and Japan before North Korea and its allies -- China and Russia -- escalate the conflict into an all-out shooting war.
It is haunting journey of unthinkable plots, special ops, thrilling naval battles, and unsavory alliances -- a journey into the heart of darkness, without mercy, without fear . . . WITHOUT REGRET.
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About the Author
Born in Cuba and raised in Central America, R.J. Pineiro spent his early years in the midst of civil wars before he migrated to the United States in the late 1970s, first to Florida, where he attended Florida Air Academy in Melbourne. There, RJ earned his pilot's license and high school diploma in 1979, before heading to Louisiana for college.
R.J. earned a degree in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University in 1983 and joined the high-tech industry in Austin Texas, where he worked in computer chip design, test, and manufacturing, before retiring in 2012 to focus full time on his books.
In addition to his high-tech work, R.J. added an instrument rating to his private pilot privileges. He also holds a black belt in martial arts, is a firearms enthusiast, and enjoys the privileges of his Open Water SCUBA certification.
In the late 1980s R.J. began studying to become a novelist. As he read every chance he had, from classical literature to contemporary novels, R.J.'s love of storytelling became uncontrollable. Using an aging personal computer, he decided to start his writing career. Once he began, he never stopped.
His first published work, SIEGE OF LIGHTNING, a novel about a sabotaged space shuttle, was released by Berkley/Putnam in May of 1993. His second novel, ULTIMATUM, about a second Gulf War scenario, was released the following year, 1994, by Forge Books, which went on to publish R.J.'s next 12 novels over the following 13 years.
In 2015, R.J. teamed up with TV News military analyst Colonel David Hunt to kick off the "Hunter Stark Book Series." The first book in the series, WITHOUT MERCY, about ISIS gaining acquiring nuclear weapons, was released on 3.7.17. The second book, WITHOUT FEAR, about the war in Afghanistan, was released on 8.7.18
In 2017, R.J. also teamed up with New York Times bestselling author Joe Weber. The result is ASHES OF VICTORY, a novel of global terrorism and international conflict released by Ignition Books on 9.3.18
In 2018, R.J. penned his nineteenth novel, AVENUE OF REGRETS, a mystery revolving around sex trafficking and domestic abuse. Check it out on 11.16.18 from Auspicious Apparatus Press.
R.J. married his college sweetheart 35 years ago, Lory Pineiro, an artist and jewelry designer. They have one son, Cameron & Daughter-in-Law Sarah, and two crazy dogs, Coco and Zea.