Babylon Books publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, and instructional books of exceptional quality, books that capture readers' imaginations, take them places they've never been before, and leave them feeling they've gained something from the experience. Babylon particularly favors works that trascend or enrich traditional genres, that infuse them with new life and vitality.
The Asian Imperative
The fragile peace in the Spratly Islands is shattered when rogue elements of the Chinese Navy seize a Filipino fishing vessel. This seemingly insignificant event sweeps US President Randall Stuart and Navy SEAL Mike Rohrbaugh into the vortex of an escalating regional crisis driven by the quest for billions of barrels of crude oil hidden beneath the waters of the South China Sea. Stuart must contend with America’s waning power in Asia when the People’s Liberation Army challenges the United States Navy. He authorizes a clandestine special operation to confront the threat, risking any chance for a peaceful resolution of the crisis--and the possibility of world war--if Rohrbaugh’s team is captured.
"This book cooks. High intensity action and suspense bubbling on the surface of some very big geopolitical ideas. All written with an insider's eye for detail and drama. Definitely belongs on the bookshelf of anyone who loves the military thriller." --William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of The Lincoln Letter
The Fifth Bomb
Crazed by the murder of his wife and child by paramilitary police, Bashir al-Khultyer has only one goal: To seek revenge against all those he feels were responsible for their deaths. In Russia, he steals enough nuclear material to construct five dirty bombs. When the first is detonated in Moscow, NSA analyst Nick Parkos must confront his own demons as he pursues al-Khultyer in an international manhunt to stop him before he can detonate his four remaining devices.
Maui police detective Keone Boyd picks up his shiny new Morgan Roadster dockside in Kahului, savoring the freedom it represents. Meticulous accountant Sam Loftus encounters something on his drive home from work that challenges his ordered view of the world. When these two paths cross in a complex web of police investigation, delusion, drug trafficking, cutting-edge science, and complex human relationships, both men are drawn to one amazing woman. By the end of this bizarre experience, each will question what is real. If right is left, what can you believe?
"Rick Ludwig’s first novel doesn’t fit into any box. Set in the author’s lush, tropical home of Maui, Mirrored appears at first to be a police procedural slash mystery. But read further and you will see it is so much more. The ending will astound, provoke thought, stretch the imagination, and challenge readers to ask, “What if…?” --Laurie Hanan, author of Another Day in Paradise
Rob Lister is shot in Maui’s beautiful ‘Iao Valley. Thanks to a recommendation from Detective Sgt. Keone Boyd, Lt. Tony Alcala gives Angela Beyers a chance to show she deserves detective training by solving the crime. In the course of the investigation, Angela discovers a document on the victim’s computer that provides clues to the crime. There’s a problem, though. The file was entered on the computer after Rob Lister was shot and lying in a coma. Rob’s wife Nancy and daughter Beth read the manuscript to help them better understand Rob and reach a critical decision. In the manuscript, Rob Lister, a retired scientist and author, comes to his senses to find he has none. He embarks on a journey of the mind discovering he has enhanced but unfamiliar powers of perception. He remembers the events leading up to his shooting in the ‘Iao Valley and discovers he can re-experience his entire life in real time, without moving forward one second in the present. Through the manuscript Rob better understands his life and what he must do next. Throughout her investigation Angela returns to the manuscript for direction. The complicated trail leads her and Alcala to a deserted WW II airstrip near Hana and a climactic encounter with the shooter. Through reading the manuscript Beth and Nancy determine it should be published. But as what? A vivid fantasy or something more?
This second installment in the Rick Ludwig's Maui Mystery series offers the reader an intriguing mystery and a taste of the supernatural in the lush and vibrant environment of Hawai'i's Valley Isle, Maui.