Death Mask, a Thriller
Bio: Steve Glossin is a native Californian from the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a retired US Army logistics officer and has served tours in Vietnam and Germany. He has settled with his wife in a quaint little hamlet in Bavaria. His hobbies, other than writing, are world travel, photography, reading, and last but not least, feeding the squirrels that visit his balcony.
Product description: At an archaeological dig in a barriada on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, a grave robber murders a Quechuan family to steal from a grave beneath their shack artifacts that will come to be regarded as those of Tupac Amaru, the last Inca of the powerful empire that once controlled a third of South America. In the robber’s haste, he overlooks Tupac’s death mask.
The lead archaeologist and his intern, Bob Tilden, who can identify the grave robber, travel to Brazil, site of a rumored auction. They arrive too late but learn that “the Portuguese,” a dealer in stolen artifacts has, sold them to a mysterious, fabulously wealthy man known as “the Egyptian.”
Bob enlists the help of his former boss, Bill Holden, whose loyalty he won during their U.N. weapons inspection days in Iraq. Bill hopes that his contacts in Europe will lead them to the Egyptian and sends Bob to Rome.
They learn who the Egyptian is and fly to Saudi Arabia to consult with Bill’s steadfast friend Medhat. Medhat’s inquiries inadvertently alert the Egyptian, and when Medhat hears that someone is coming from Cairo to investigate, he contacts a tribal cousin for help. The cousin helps Medhat, Bill and Bob flee into the desert on camels.
After crossing the Red Sea into Egypt, their quest to recover the stolen artifacts becomes deadly.
Q: What will e-readers like about your book? The characters are memorable and the locals are exotic, from Peru to Egypt.
Q: Why did you go indie? I spent five years trying to get an established publisher, without luck.
Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre? Clive Cussler, Steve Berry, James Rollins, and John le Carre, to name a few.