Don't Get Close: A Novel (Hardcover)
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An infamous reincarnation cult resurfaces in the wake of a deadly bombing, and it’s up to an FBI novice to learn its true aim—and uncover its dark past before it consumes her.
Special Agent Vera Taggart walked away from a promising career as an artist to join the FBI, and she impresses her new colleagues with her eerie ability to divine conclusions from the grisliest crime scenes. Taggart’s first assignment is a decades-old cold case centered on a cult of suicide bombers known as the Sons of Elijah who believe they’ve been reborn hundreds of times, going back centuries. It seems like a low-risk assignment until a bomb tears apart a crowded Chicago restaurant. The Sons of Elijah have returned—and now it’s up to Taggart to stop their modern-day reign of terror.
Taggart’s investigation begins with Dr. Seth Jacobson, a renowned psychiatrist who claims to help people remember past lives through hypnotherapy. Jacobson had treated two of the Sons of Elijah’s founders before they’d gone on to commit a series of horrific murders. Desperate to understand how these ordinary patients could have taken such a violent path, Taggart agrees to undergo similar treatment with Jacobson.
Through her hypnosis sessions, Taggart comes to suspect the Sons of Elijah are targeting a high-tech government laboratory that could expose the group’s greatest secret with a controversial experiment. To save millions of innocent lives, Tag must come to grips with the shocking truth about the cult and her own puzzling role in its timeless mission. The fate of humanity rests on her ability to determine which threats are real and which exist only in her mind—and to decide whose side she’s really fighting for.
About the Author
Matt Miksa is a former FBI intelligence analyst who helped prevent foreign spies from stealing America's secrets. Today, he writes espionage thrillers that blend history, politics, and science. Matt holds a graduate degree in China Studies from Columbia University and has spent time living in Beijing. He currently resides in Chicago with his wife and two young daughters.
Praise for Don’t Get Close:
“[A] tense thriller . . . Readers will be eager to see what Miksa comes up with next.”
“A wildly ambitious thriller that reaches for the skies.”
Praise for 13 Days to Die:
“Matt Miksa’s background as an intelligence analyst really shines through in 13 Days to Die. The plot is taut and timely, the action rapid-fire—an absolute must-read!”
—Ward Larsen, USA Today bestselling author of the David Slaton series
“Compelling and all too plausible. Matt Miksa’s 13 Days to Die has more twists and turns than a raging river.”
—David Ricciardi, bestselling author of the Jake Keller thrillers
“Debut author Matt Miksa arrives on the scene with a tightly plotted thriller for our times. 13 Days to Die hums with tension and crackles with action.”
—Tom Young, author of the Parson and Gold thrillers
"Timely and well-researched, you'll be on the edge-of-your-seat and up all night."
—Robert Gleason, author of End of Days
"[A] twisty, complex plot . . . This timely thriller is worth checking out."
"A riveting international thriller . . . taut and full of action, twists and turns."
—NY Journal of Books
“Sexy spies, stealthy agents, and strong personalities . . . 13 Days to Die is an of-the-moment thriller.”
"An impressive, globe-spanning thriller whose plot is sure to intrigue."
"A simply riveting read from cover to cover."
—Midwest Book Review