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Published – October 12, 2022 The Chase

My latest novel, The Chase, was just published. This Matt Moretti-Han Li thriller was written back-to-back with The Cabal because I couldn’t stop writing. When this occurs, as it has in my previous works at one point or another, it’s as if the characters are writing the manuscript, and I’m along for the ride. That also means that the finished narrative didn’t follow my original plotline; my characters created a much more imaginative storyline than I originally planned. Below is a synopsis of the The Chase.

The Chase

Lieutenant Colonel Doug Cray hasn’t been on vacation in years. Recovering from an assassin’s bullet, he decides that taking a cruise down the Amazon River would fulfill his childhood dream of seeing the rainforest bordering it and provide much-needed rest. However, the thin man, who hired the assassin who nearly killed him, still wants Cray in the ground. After finding out his target is taking an Amazon cruise, he pays a corrupt Brazilian colonel to send his death squad after him with instructions that Cray never leaves the rainforest alive. That plan seems to have succeeded when the ex-army Ranger becomes stranded in the Javari Valley—the most unexplored area on the planet for which no map exists and headhunters roam with abandon. Without so much as a pocketknife or a bottle of water, Cray must find his way out of this area where everything that walks, slithers, or swims wants to make him a part of their diet. To make matters worse, the thin man wants a photo of his body, meaning the death squad can’t assume the jungle will kill him. Instead, they continue their chase until they get their photograph by either finding his body or putting a bullet into it.
While Cray is running for his life, his fellow team members in Washington think he’s having a great time sucking down drinks and being pampered on his luxury cruise. Not wanting to disturb their friend, they leave him alone—not that calling his satphone would have done any good, the dense jungle canopy preventing all communication with the outside world.
In this latest Matt Moretti-Han Li novel, Cray must survive in the most dangerous jungle on the planet while avoiding the military unit chasing him and the area’s headhunters, who lop off the heads of all intruders.