Patrick Carter (26) is a young man with no specific trade; in the holiday season he serves as a barman and lifeguard on the shores of Lake Huron. The season is not over yet when his boss lays him off. Disheartened, he’s heading back to London, Ontario, when his old pickup truck dies. He’s walking home when he hears a scream for help.
He doesn’t hesitate. He rushes to the river shores, plunges into the waters and pulls a drowning girl ashore, safe and sound.
The criminals are upset. Now they have to eliminate not only the girl (Samantha Mcleod, 14) but also the good Samaritan who may have seen them.
The plot thickens. The head of the criminal gang is Oscar Calander (31) who deals in weapons trafficking. He uses his father’s transport company as a screen for his illicit business. He has ordered the killing of his girlfriend, Amelia Mcleod, (19) who had witnessed a big exchange of assault rifles. His men had mistakenly targeted the younger sister, Samantha.
The Ministry of Defense via CSIS (the Communication Security Intelligence Service) establishes a Task Force to eliminate all trafficking of weapons that are acquired in the Yukon, transported to Ontario, and shipped across the border to the US.
The head of the Task Force is André Des Pres, who had tried to find Amelia without success. When he hears that the gang has tried to kill another member of the same family, he makes contact with the Mcleod family and Patrick. Nobody wants to get involved, but Des Pres convinces them that they are involved, even if they don’t like it. Meanwhile Amelia, who has learned that Oscar wants to eliminate her, goes into hiding.
Two members of the criminal gang, Martha Steiger and Nat Smith, are also looking for Amelia and Patrick Carter with instructions to kill them. When Arnold Calander, Oscar’s father, fires Martha and Nat because of their ineptitude, they go into business by themselves, and find and kidnap Amelia. They ask Jessica Mcleod, Amelia’s grandmother, for a ten-million-dollar ransom. The payment of the ransom fails; Nat gets killed and Martha is stuck with a sick Amelia in her pickup. The Task Force is active in gathering information and asks Patrick to help out in their operation. They get him hired as a bartender in two places where they know the initial contact between buyer and seller takes place.
As Samantha joins her parents up west, Oscar manages to get the three killed while on a charter plane. The search intensifies, using sophisticated equipments, including drones.
Des Pres convinces Ron Amaldi, a member of Oscar’s gang, to switch sides, so Ron acts as a mole during a big transfer of assault weapons from Manitoba to Port Glasgow, where ships are ready to take them south of the border.
Most of the gang falls in the police raid, but Oscar escapes, taking with him a severely injured Ron.
Martha unloads a sick Amelia on the shores of a small lake.
The search for Martha, Ron and Oscar continues. Amelia is found in an abandoned shed, in poor condition; Ron recovers slowly and Oscar, abandoned by his men, is arrested because of a stolen bike. Martha attempts to dig herself out of trouble, but gets caught. A romance blooms between Patrick and Emy, an ex-CSIS agent.
The story terminates with a big party during which Patrick launches his new drink, Lemoncella Cocktail.
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Rene Natan, aka Irene Gargantini Strybosch was born in Milan, Italy. She first followed a career in information technology, and taught that discipline at the University of Western Ontario, now renamed Western University. An IEEE Senior Member, she has about a hundred scientific papers to her credit and has received four awards in science; two from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (25 Years of Excellence in Research and Recognition to Contributing to Canadian Research) and two from the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies: Contributing to Canadian Research and Pioneer of Computing in Canada. The desire to write fiction, however, never left her since plots kept taking shape in her mind. As a little girl, in fact, she wanted to be a storyteller. At recess time she would gather some of her schoolmates and entertain them with stories—some of her own, others just summaries of books she had read. After she left the university, she took several e-courses on fiction writing and then jumped into the field with the enthusiasm of a novice. She has authored ten novels, seven short stories and co-authored a novella. Her genre varies from romantic suspense to thriller with romantic interludes. Here are a few snapshots of her tales.
The Collage, a 2004-best seller of Creative Guy Publishing, is a story of a young heiress caught in a web of lies and violence; The Loves and Tribulations of Detective Stephen Carlton describes the inner turmoil of a man of the law in love with a fugitive accused of a horrendous crime. This novel won the silver in the contemporary romance category of the 2015 Ebook Global Awards. Mountains of Dawn brings to life the distress of an orphan with no roots and no place to go. The protagonist of The Jungfrau Watch (a political thriller) has the tormented soul of a man whose political belief has been destroyed, and whose motherland, Russia, has been precipitated into chaos while his life floats in an absolute vacuum. The Red Manor is about family bonds that stretch over two continents and where love overcomes both greed and cleverly engineered criminal plots. The Blackpox Threat was a finalist in the 2011 National Indie Excellence Awards, and won First Place in the 2012 Five Stars Royal Dragonfly Book Contest, Fiction Novel category. Her country threatened by a deadly epidemic, Tamara Smith moves from her comfort zone to a world filled with deception, treachery and life-threatening danger. In The Bricklayer Frederick Dalton mourns the death of family members while the police strongly suspect him of wrongdoing. Fleeting Visions is the story of teenager Louis Saura who becomes prey to a prostitution ring. This thriller will appear in the Timeless Anthology published by The Reader’s Guild.
See also her Interview: https://www.smashwords.com/interview/NatanRene
Rene Natan makes her home in Strathroy, Ontario.