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The End Game
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The End Game
Brit in the FBI Series, Book 3
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From #1 New York Times–bestselling author Catherine Coulter, the explosive new addition to the remarkable thriller series featuring Nicholas Drummond and Mike Caine.

FBI agent Nicholas Drummond and his partner, Mike Caine, are deep into an investigation of COE—Celebrants of the Earth—a violent group known for widespread bombings of power grids and oil refineries across the country. While investigating a tip from a civilian who's overheard about a possible bombing plot, the Bayway Refinery in New Jersey explodes. Nicholas and Mike race to the scene and barely escape being killed by a secondary device.

Returning to the civilian's home to continue their interrogation, they discover the tipster—and the FBI team left to guard him—dead. While Nicholas calls in the assassinations, COE strikes again, this time launching a cyber-attack on several major oil companies and draining their financial and intellectual assets.

But COE has been infiltrated by a deep-cover counterterrorism agent named Vanessa Grace. A bomb-making expert, Vanessa must leave COE and join forces with Nicholas and Mike to stop the organization's devious plan to assassinate the President. But there's an assassin on the loose who could tip the scales in COE's favor, and no one knows his ultimate target, or who has contracted his services.

Working with the CIA, the Secret Service, Mossad, MI-5, and even Savich and Sherlock, Nicholas and his team put their lives on the line to prevent another conflagration—and save the President.

From #1 New York Times–bestselling author Catherine Coulter, the explosive new addition to the remarkable thriller series featuring Nicholas Drummond and Mike Caine.

FBI agent Nicholas Drummond and his partner, Mike Caine, are deep into an investigation of COE—Celebrants of the Earth—a violent group known for widespread bombings of power grids and oil refineries across the country. While investigating a tip from a civilian who's overheard about a possible bombing plot, the Bayway Refinery in New Jersey explodes. Nicholas and Mike race to the scene and barely escape being killed by a secondary device.

Returning to the civilian's home to continue their interrogation, they discover the tipster—and the FBI team left to guard him—dead. While Nicholas calls in the assassinations, COE strikes again, this time launching a cyber-attack on several major oil companies and draining their financial and intellectual assets.

But COE has been infiltrated by a deep-cover counterterrorism agent named Vanessa Grace. A bomb-making expert, Vanessa must leave COE and join forces with Nicholas and Mike to stop the organization's devious plan to assassinate the President. But there's an assassin on the loose who could tip the scales in COE's favor, and no one knows his ultimate target, or who has contracted his services.

Working with the CIA, the Secret Service, Mossad, MI-5, and even Savich and Sherlock, Nicholas and his team put their lives on the line to prevent another conflagration—and save the President.

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    Also by Catherine Coulter

    Title Page

    Copyright

    Dedication

    Acknowledgments

    Prologue

    1: Knight to F3

    Monday: 11 p.m.–4 a.m.

    2: Knight to F6

    3: Pawn to C4

    4: Pawn to G6

    5: Knight to C3

    6: Bishop to G7

    7: Pawn to D4

    8: Castles

    9: Bishop to F4

    10: Pawn to D5

    11: Queen to B3

    12: Pawn takes C4

    13: Queen takes C4

    14: Pawn to C6

    15: Pawn to E4

    16: Knight on B to D7

    17: Rook to D1

    18: Knight to B6

    19: Queen to C5

    20: Bishop to G4

    21: Bishop to G5

    22: Knight to A4

    23: Queen to A3

    Tuesday: 7 a.m.–2 p.m.

    24: Knight takes C3

    25: Pawn takes C3

    26: Knight takes E4

    27: Bishop takes E7

    28: Queen to B6

    29: Bishop to C4

    30: Knight takes C3

    31: Bishop to C5

    32: Rook on F to E8 CHECK

    33: King to F1

    34: Bishop to E6

    35: Bishop takes B6

    36: Bishop takes C4 CHECK

    37: King to G1

    38: Knight to E2 CHECK

    39: King to F1

    40: Knight takes D4 CHECK

    41: King to G1

    42: Knight to E2 CHECK

    43: King to F1

    44: Knight to C3 CHECK

    45: King to G1

    46: Pawn takes B6

    47: Queen to B4

    48: Rook to A4

    Tuesday: 2 p.m.–6 p.m.

    49: Queen takes B6

    50: Knight takes D1

    51: Pawn to H3

    52: Rook takes A2

    53: King to H2

    54: Knight takes F2

    55: Rook to E1

    56: Rook takes E1

    Tuesday: 6 p.m.–Midnight

    57: Queen to D8 CHECK

    58: Bishop to F8

    59: Knight takes E1

    60: Bishop to D5

    61: Knight to F3

    62: Knight to E4

    63: Queen to B8

    64: Pawn to B5

    Wednesday: 6 a.m.–Noon

    65: Pawn to H4

    66: Pawn to H5

    67: Knight to E5

    68: King to G7

    69: King to G1

    Wednesday: Noon–4 p.m.

    70: Bishop to C5 CHECK

    71: King to F1

    72: Knight to G3 CHECK

    73: King to E1

    74: Bishop to B4 CHECK

    Wednesday: 4 p.m.–Midnight

    75: King to D1

    76: Bishop to B3 CHECK

    77: King to C1

    78: Knight to E2 CHECK

    79: King to B1

    80: Knight to C3 CHECK

    81: King to C1

    Friday: 8 a.m.

    82: Rook to C2 CHECKMATE

    Epilogue

    Author's Note

    United States–Mexico Border

    Three Months Ago

    Zahir Damari watched the coyote turn to face the ragged band of Hondurans on the sloping Texas side of the Rio Grande. As the last Honduran climbed up the bank, pulled up by his father, Zahir saw hope now dawning on the dirty faces, saw the relief in their tired eyes at surviving the nightmare trip. They'd made it; they were in America.

    The coyote, Miguel Gonzales, eyed them with contempt—nothing new in that, he'd treated this group with unveiled scorn since the beginning of their trek eight days before. Gonzales stuck out his hand to the leader of the group, an older man, a father of two younger sons. He waggled his fingers.

    "Pagenme porque ustedes son unos miserables."

    He wanted the other half of the money owed. No, the thieving scum wanted more. Gonzales had upped the payoff. Zahir saw the Hondurans' shock, their fear, saw them talking among themselves, voices rising.

    Gonzales pulled a pistol, aimed it at the group, and held out his hand again.

    Zahir smiled at Miguel Gonzales, a brutal man with stained teeth and black eyes that reflected Hell. He walked up to him, his hand outstretched with bills, and as the coyote grabbed them, Zahir stepped in quickly and gently slipped his...

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from August 3, 2015
    Bestseller Coulter and Ellison’s intense, captivating third Brit in the FBI novel (after 2014’s The Lost Key) pits FBI agent Nicholas Drummond and his partner, Michaela “Mike” Caine, against Celebrants of Earth, a small terrorist group whose goal is “to eliminate oil imports from the Middle East.” When a bomb explodes at an oil refinery in Bayonne, N.J., causing multiple casualties, CIA agent Vanessa Grace, who’s been operating undercover in COE, fears that the group plans to escalate the violence. In particular, Vanessa worries COE will target a high-level U.S. government official in retaliation for American involvement in Middle East peace negotiations. Meanwhile, COE may be harboring one of the world’s most dangerous assassins, Zahir Damari. Nicholas and Mike work in perfect sync, never missing a beat when interviewing witnesses, despite Nicholas’s fastidious nature and the ever-present attraction between the two. Their relationship leaves much room for developments in future installments of this excellent suspense series. Agent: Robert Gottlieb, Trident Media Group.

  • Kirkus

    July 15, 2015
    The FBI goes after a most unusual group of terrorists. FBI Special Agent Michaela "Mike" Caine and her British partner, Nicholas Drummond, are on the trail of a shadowy terrorist organization known as the Celebrants of Earth. The anti-Muslim group-run by the brilliant scientist Matthew Spenser, whose family was killed in the 2007 terrorist bombing of the London Underground-has been trying to stop the importing of oil from the Middle East by bombing refineries but never hurting people. A tip leads Mike and Nicholas to Bayonne, New Jersey, too late to stop the bombing of the Bayway refinery but not too late to participate in the rescue efforts. This explosion's fatal consequences leave many government agencies wondering why the formerly nonmurderous COE has escalated its activities. Unknown to other agencies, the CIA has placed an undercover agent, Vanessa Grace, in the group, where she works with Spenser, posing as a bomb maker. All seems to be going well until the enigmatic Darius worms his way into COE, bringing a large sum of money and slowly turning Spenser into a man willing to use increasingly violent means in the form of a tiny, undetectable, and extremely powerful bomb he's invented. The group also has a computer hacker who duels with Nicholas, whose limits are tested when COE attempts to crash the power grid. When Spenser snaps and shoots Vanessa, the CIA finally comes clean and works with the FBI to unmask a professional killer who has a contract on the vice president of the United States. The third in the series featuring the brilliant Brit (The Lost Key, 2014, etc.) adds scary technology to physical action to produce a tip-top thriller.

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  • Library Journal

    April 1, 2015
    Nicholas Drummond, on his third case as the "Brit in the FBI" (after "The Lost Key") rustles up partner Mike Caine to investigate Celebrants of the Earth (COE), a violent environmental group that's been bombing power grids and oil refineries across the country. Now COE is gunning for the president, and our Brit and his buddy must join forces with counterterrorism expert Vanessa Grace, fresh from having infiltrated COE, to make sure nothing bad happens.

    Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Associated Press

    "Another outstanding entry in this series that features FBI agent Nicholas Drummond and his partner, Michaela Caine... Layer upon layer, The End Game is worth 'checking' out."

  • Publishers Weekly (starred) "Intense, captivating...Nicholas and Mike work in perfect sync, never missing a beat...Their relationship leaves much room for developments in future installments of this excellent suspense series."
  • Booklist (starred) "In nonstop action covering less than a week, Caine and Drummond are challenged as never before, taking both their personal and professional relationships to new levels. This third in the series is an adrenaline-fueled caper that's hard to put down. Another hit for the team of Coulter and Ellison."
  • RT Book Reviews "Suspense lovers can rejoice at the third fantastic installment of the A Brit in the FBI series...incredibly complex, filled with layered characters and heart-stopping suspense."
  • Kirkus Reviews "The third in the series featuring the brilliant Brit adds scary technology to physical action to produce a tip-top thriller."
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