About the Book
Title: Beyond All Recognition
Series: Brent Marks Legal Thrillers
Author: Kenneth Eade
Published: July 15, 2016
Publisher: Times Square Publishing
Genre: Legal Thriller/courtroom drama
Recommended Age: 18+
Experience the suspense and mystery of the latest in the best selling legal thriller series from the author critics hail as:”One of the strongest thriller writers on the scene.”
This fast-paced and action packed legal and military thriller introduces us to 26-year-old Captain Ryan Bennington, in command of a company during the Iraq War and fighting a faceless enemy in the global war on terror where a split-second decision could mean the difference between killing an innocent civilian or losing an entire platoon to a suicide bomber. Ryan survives the war and comes home to conquer PTSD and chronic unemployment, only to be arrested for following the orders of his Commander to kill suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists in a small Iraqi village, who turn out, after the raid, to be civilians.
Lawyer Brent Marks takes on Ryan’s defense in his court-martial trial, which will reveal the deepest, darkest secrets of the military industrial complex. In their search for a scapegoat, have the powers-that-be gone too far this time?
About the Author
Described by critics as “one of our strongest thriller writers on the scene,” author Kenneth Eade, best known for his legal and political thrillers, practiced law for 30 years before publishing his first novel, “An Involuntary Spy.” Eade, an up-and-coming author in the legal thriller and courtroom drama genre, has been described by critics as “One of our strongest thriller writers on the scene and the fact that he draws his stories from the contemporary philosophical landscape is very much to his credit.” He is the author of the “Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series”, the fifth installment of which, Killer.com, won best legal thriller in the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Awards, and the “Involuntary Spy Espionage Series”.
Said Eade of the comparisons, “Readers compare me in style to John Grisham and, there are some similarities, because John also likes to craft a story around real topics and we are both lawyers. However, all of my novels are rooted in reality, not fantasy. I use fictional characters and situations to express factual and conceptual issues. Some use the term ‘faction’ to describe this style, and it is present in all my fictional works.”
Eade has written twelve novels, which are now in the process of being translated into six languages. He is known to keep in touch with his readers, and offers a free Kindle book to all those who sign up at his website, www.kennetheade.com.
Describe your relationship with a good book.
A good book for me is good company. It is a source of inspiration as well as a distraction from the problems of everyday life. Most importantly, it provides the stimulation for thought.
When did you first start writing and what was the first thing that you wrote that you were proud of?
I have been writing since I was a little kid. I used to make a “newspaper” for the adults when I was about 8 years old. I took creative fiction writing in college. But my path went on to law, which actually provided me a wealth of information for stories and characters. But the first thing I wrote that I was the most proud of was “Bless the Bees”: a non-fiction book about the importance of pollinators to humans, the threats they face from our environmentally unfriendly actions, and how to save them.
Please describe your work ethic as an author.
I haven’t really developed that yet. As a lawyer, I had enough self-discipline to sit down and work for hours on a project. As an author, I have not been able to balance distraction, family life and inspiration. I will learn, though.
Why did you write this book?
I’ve been writing a series of legal thrillers called, “Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series” since 2014 and have developed a following of loyal readers who enjoy the books. One of my readers is a retired First Class Sergeant with the U.S. Army who suggested the premise of the book, which is a young officer who is prosecuted for following orders to kill all military age males in four houses in an Iraqi village who were suspected al Qaeda operatives, as a scapegoat for the “higher-ups” in the government who handed down the orders. When I started to do the research on the book, I discovered that these types of orders had, in fact, been given, and that military subordinates had been court-martialed for following these orders, instead of their superior officers. My reader wanted me to express to all my readers what it was like to be a soldier in a foreign war. It is a pro-soldier, anti-war novel.
What experiences from your past do you find yourself drawing upon repeatedly for inspiration in your work?
I practiced law for 35 years. During that time, you could probably say that I have seen it all: The hopes, the dreams, the disappointments, the fears and the goals of the men and women who have touched my life. Besides my professional experiences, personal experiences have also contributed to my “inspiration bank”. I have been a world traveler since the age of 10, when my family moved to Greece for three years. Everything I have committed to memory eventually comes to the inspirational surface.
What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years, both as an author and in your outside life?
I hope to be successful in raising a family again. I also hope to be at the top of the author’s spectrum in terms of popularity and sales. It is very important that the messages of my novel are imparted to the world.
Since you are a storyteller, please tell one good lie about yourself.
If I told you that, it probably wouldn’t be a lie, but you may think that it is. Moreover, since you already know it would be a lie, there’s no fun in telling it. I like people to see the truth in my stories.
“You get numb to it. That’s all I can say. Numb to death, killing. You get numb to the things that happen in war, but you can never forget them. They come back in your dreams after you finally get back home and they never leave.”
“’SPORTS’ – It’s called the immediate action drill. Helps remind you what to do if your rifle malfunctions. It’s drilled into your head in training. You’re breaking that rifle down and putting it together two hundred times a day and by the time you get over there, you’re doing it like a machine on autopilot. All the war planning in the world goes out the window when the first shot’s fired in combat. That adrenaline kicks in, lights you up like a firebomb. But you remember SPORTS because it comes to you automatically, and that rifle’s the most important possession you’ve got. You’re only alive as long as it’s in your hands.”