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The Essence of a Secret Agent Revealed in William Sample’s Career Adventure Novel, Prelude to Danger, Published by Outskirts Press

Arlington, VA, January 09, 2010 --( In his first novel, Prelude to Danger, published by Outskirts Press, William Sample uses the breadth of his experience with the U.S. Secret Service to craft a novel that reveals the essence of the personal life that leads one to become a secret agent. More than just a career adventure novel, Prelude to Danger gives a unique insight into the personality of a secret agent while providing the reader with an entertaining tale.

In this action filled novel, Secret Service Special Agent Gene Carey has sworn to the oath of protecting the president of the United States under any and every circumstance, no matter what it takes. In that role Carey and his fellow agents encounter terrorists, counterfeiters and assassins in the murky back streets of Bogota and Lagos as well as on the broad boulevards of Washington, D.C.

Author Sample uses his twenty-five years of experience working with special agents in the U.S. Secret Service, Facilities Management Branch. His personal assignments to set up protective field sites for major events included the United Nations General Assemblies, the IMF Annual World Conference, the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Super Bowl in 2002, the presidential debates of 2000 and 2004, and the presidential inaugurations of 2001 and 2005.

Because Sample worked so closely with agents in these and in other overseas venues, he has been able to provide his readers not only with a first hand feel for these could be real or fictionalized adventures, but also he has been able to speculate convincingly on the essential personality one must have to become this type of special agent. The description of his fictional hero Gene Carey reveals the earlier life he had in order to present the reader with a greater understanding of the steps one might take along the path to this fascinating career.

Prelude to Danger presents a realistic look at the challenges one must overcome to become a special agent and the adventures that one will undergo once he or she has made that career choice. The book is also William Sample’s tribute to this proud and intriguing team who never stop working the long hours necessary to keep the national currency secure and to protect America’s leaders.

Mr. Sample has announced that he will donate part of the proceeds of Prelude to Danger to the Association of Former Agents of the U.S. Secret Service.

ISBN: 978-1-4327-5054-1 Format: 6 x 9 hardback w/jacket SRP: $25.95
Genre: Fiction/action and adventure/true crime/espionage

About the author:

William D. Sample began working with the U.S. Secret Service, Facilities Management Branch, Administration Operations Division, in January, 1978, as a design and construction manager. He was responsible for designing, renovating, expanding and relocating field offices in the United States and overseas. He is an Associate of the American Institute of Architects. His late uncle, William J. Caunitz who was a first lieutenant in the New York City Police Department, wrote adventure novels including One Police Plaza and Suspects which were international best sellers.

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About Outskirts Press, Inc,: Outskirts Press, Inc. offers full-service, custom self-publishing and book marketing services for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining all their rights and full creative control. Available for authors globally at and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press represents the future of book publishing, today.


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