I’ve always loved a fast paced thriller, so back in 2015 I figured I’d write one that included everything that I wanted to read in a book.
Ater months upon months of typing at the keyboard, the trials of publication, and finally starting my own company and self-publishing I’m happy to announce that ‘Unseen’ the first book in The Greater Good Series is available now.
She is a volatile assassin driven by revenge.
He is an ex-Navy S.E.A.L obsessed with the greater good, tasked with being her handler.
Both Samantha Locke and Matthew Burke are under the watchful eye of a cryptic agency, Erebus, headquartered in Washington D.C.
‘Unseen’ takes the good-hearted spy, and vicious killer across the globe as they search for the murderers of their love ones.
Even if it costs them their lives in the search for the truth.
Just to give you a taste of the wild ride that you’ll take I’ve included the first chapter of ‘Unseen’ below….be warned it’s rated R.
a novel by Melissa Algood
Chapter 1- Jack
“Where is she?”
The question was followed by a right hook to Jack’s jaw. The fist attached belonged to an olive-skinned, hook-nosed man. A man Jack had once trusted with his life.
Jack didn’t answer, even though he knew full well that not answering meant the beating would continue. Another punch turned Jack’s head into a buzzing machine, and would have knocked him over if the restraints tying him to the chair hadn’t kept him upright.
In the corner of the room, another man cleared his throat. He was older, with age spots on his hands and silver hair. He moved closer to Jack and his assailant.
“This isn’t how it’s supposed to be, son.”
Jack spat on the floor of the barn, a single tooth fell, and blood stained the wood. “You’re not my father.”
The older man moved closer, staying hidden in the shadows of the dimly lit building, but Jack knew his identity. After all, he was the one that had made the job offer. He wanted Jack on the Erebus team so badly, he’d been willing to hire Jack’s best friend, Matthew, too. Jack felt a twinge of regret at having dragged Matthew into all of this. But then, Jack hadn’t known the full scope of Erebus’ plan when this all started.
Jack knew he was going to die in this barn and Matthew would be his only hope to finishing this game right.
“Genetically, you’re correct, but aren’t I the father you always wanted? Picking you up out of that drunken stupor. Your mother and I brought you on the team…”
“She’s not my mother. You’re both lying sacks of shit. Telling me I’d be saving lives by stealing and killing from the people that planned on ruining our country. It was all bullshit! If either of you think I’m going to work with Erebus, or with her at Lumos, then you’re fucking insane.”
The old man gave hook-nose a nod, and the beating began again. The hook-nosed man grabbed Jack by the collar of his shirt, pulling him up, chair and all. Then he proceeded to shake him. Jack supposed it was an attempt to keep him from losing consciousness.
“Just tell us where Lilly is,” hook-nose hissed.
“What, too afraid to say her real name?” Jack taunted.
Landing another punch on Jack’s jaw, the assailant queried, “Why are you protecting some half-breed whore that you only met once?”
“Because she’s my blood. I’m not going to hand over my sister to save my own life. You know it.” Jack nodded toward the old man. “He knows it. You’re wasting your time, because I’ll never talk.”
The old man sighed. “Your mother…”
“She’s not my mother anymore,” Jack hissed, “Not once I found out what she did to my sister.”
Although he couldn’t see the old man’s face in the dark, nor make out his facial expressions through the film of blood that now coated his face, Jack heard the smile in the old man’s words. “We created Erebus and Lumos years ago, your mother and I. Your mother wanted to keep you in the dark. But now it is time to see the light.” The old man moved even closer to Jack. Sunlight from the slits in the barn door sliced across his withered face. “Now you’re ready to take over Erebus. It’s what your mother always dreamed of, you fighting alongside her.”
“If you just want me, then what do you need my sister for?”
“Your half-sister has skills we can use. Plus, she’s the key to exacting our revenge. As you know, we never forgive, and, for us, there is no forgetting.” He started pacing, occasionally glancing towards Jack.
Jack chuckled, although it proved painful due to the pounding his body had taken. “You think she’s going to tell you anything? You think she’s going to just give up someone who cares about her just because you ask?”
“We’re not going to ask. She’s going to work for us, because we know who killed her father. And you’re going to be her handler.”
Despite his broken ribs, Jack laughed again. “I know who killed her father, too.”
The old man paused in mid-stride. He turned toward Jack. “We’re talking about the rest of your life, Jack. You would be in charge of all of Erebus, working alongside Lumos, and your mother. You would pick the targets. Defend the nation you love so much.”
“I won’t say it again, she’s not my mother. And you can do whatever you want to me. I’ll die before I tell you where Lilly is.”
“Such a waste.” The old man nodded at hook-nose again.
This time the hook-nosed man walked to a long table to the right of Jack. He rolled open a canvas satchel. Jack didn’t have to see it to know that it housed implements of torture. Returning, his sadistic assailant held up a pair of pliers for Jack to see.
Jack felt his heart race, but all he could think was “please save her Matthew, find my clues, and save my sister; I couldn’t.”
Hook-nose moved to stand behind Jack, pulling on one of his cuffed hands. Positioning the rusted metal pliers around Jack’s ring finger, he prepared to apply the pressure and cut off the digit.
The barn door opened, a woman framed in the entrance. The sun made the woman’s red hair look like fire.
“I found her,” the woman said. Her Scottish accent reverberated in Jack’s brain. “I found her for ya.” She came towards the old man, handing him a piece of paper.
Lifting his face from the paper, the old man came to stand right before Jack as he instructed, “Bring her here. We’ll have the place cleaned up before you get back from Baltimore.”
The woman left the barn, along with any hope that Jack had of saving his half-sister.
Hook-nose had removed the pliers from Jack’s captive finger. Turning to the old man, he asked, “What do we do with Jack?”
The old man looked at Jack, “What I’ve ascertained from our exchange is that you refuse to work with us any longer if your mother and I continue down this path to destroy a man that stole from us.”
“If it involves Lilly, then, yes, you’re correct.”
“A shame,” the old man shook his head. Then, glancing at hook-nose, he ordered, “Follow protocol.”
In a last ditch effort, Jack asked. “My mother is okay with you killing me?”
“Your mother and I started all this with the agreement that, no matter who was in our way, we would follow protocol. If you refuse to work with us, then you are against us. And you know what we do to our enemies.”
“Any last words?” hook-nosed man asked.
The last thing Jack felt was cold steel on his forehead and his last thought Lilly.