Book Promo: Conclave by Tom Davis

Theology and Politics Collide in Reality-Inspired Cold War Thriller

When Pope John Paul I died of an apparent heart attack in September 1978—just 33 days after his election—the United States and the Soviet Union went on high alert.

The United States could loosen communism’s stranglehold on Eastern Europe if a non-Italian successor is chosen to lead the Catholic Church. Conversely, the Soviets are determined to keep an Italian in the papacy. A dangerous competition ensues as the two countries aim to further their own interests while limiting those of the other party. CIA and KGB agents infiltrate the Vatican as Cold War tensions mount amid the backdrop of a hastily arranged conclave to elect a successor.

Meanwhile, back in the states, army officer Carter Caldwell is sent to persuade American cardinals to wield their influence in the conclave. He meets beautiful CIA analyst Katherine O’Connor. Carter can’t get her out of his mind, although plenty of problems demand his attention.

Before the conclave is over, the Sistine Chapel will be bugged, a spy in the Vatican’s kitchen will be murdered, and CIA and KGB operatives will exchange gunfire. As the most important figure in the Catholic world is finally chosen, one question remains: Will he survive long enough to become pope?

Conclave from Tom Davis weaves an in-depth thriller where Catholic theology and Cold War politics collide. The result is a gripping, fictionalized retelling of what might have happened as these real-world events unfolded.

Was the election of non-Italian Cardinal Karol Wojtyla as Pope John Paul II in October 1978 somehow orchestrated through the US’s covert influence on the papal conclave? Today, his election is viewed as a turning point in the Cold War—just 13 years later, the Soviet Union collapsed, and the Warsaw Pact disintegrated.

Author Tom Davis is a retired army officer and corporate executive. After graduating from West Point, he had numerous assignments and experiences in the army, including commanding an artillery battalion in Operation Desert Storm, being a key advisor to a Secretary of the Army and several Army Chiefs of Staff, and serving as an Assistant Professor of Social Sciences at West Point, where he taught International Relations, Political Science, Economics and Middle Eastern Affairs. He served a brief tour in the Department of State as part of the Palestinian Autonomy negotiating team, where he heard a story that inspired Conclave.

After retiring from the army, Davis had a successful career with General Dynamics Corporation. He has written numerous articles and editorials for major newspapers on a wide range of topics, and has published major studies on federal budgeting and the management of the nation’s national security programs. His previous book, 40 Kilometers Into Lebanon, analyzes the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon. He holds degrees from the US Military Academy at West Point and Harvard University. He retired from General Dynamics in 2013, and is currently the Forrestal-Richardson Industry Chair at Defense Acquisition University and an adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s Walsh School.

Conclave has captured the attention of an independent film company based in Germany and has been converted into a screenplay for future development into a six-episode mini-series.

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Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN-10: 1534706615
ISBN-13: 978-1534706613

Book Review: Rogue Mission by Jeffrey S. Stephens

available for pre-order

Rogue Mission —
Possibly The Deadliest Assignment
Yet For CIA Super-Spy Jordan Sandor

In the newest thriller by bestselling author Jeffrey S. Stephens, CIA agent Jordan Sandor is on a mission that blends non-stop suspense, intrigue and danger.

Rogue Mission (Post Hill Press, April 26, 2016) takes readers on a mission more complex and with more at stake for Sandor than any he has ever faced. From Bermuda to the United Kingdom, from France to the deserts of Iraq, Jordan must face down villains both known and unknown, recognized and hidden, as he struggles to prevent the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent people.

Needing help as never before, Sandor calls upon his usual group of talented associates, as well as top CIA analyst Beth Sharrow, a former lover still willing to risk her life and career to help Sandor. The action begins on the first page and does not end until the explosive climax.

About the Author

Jeffrey S. Stephens is the author of the Jordan Sandor series, which also includes Targets of Deception, Targets of Opportunity and Targets of Revenge. A native of the Bronx, Stephens now lives with his wife Nancy in Greenwich, Connecticut, where they raised their two sons, Graham and Trevor.

Rogue Mission: A Jordan Sandor Thriller
By Jeffrey S. Stephens
On sale April 26, 2016
Post Hill Press
Hardcover $26.00
ISBN: 9781618688132


Book Signing To Celebrate Launch of Jordan Sandor’s Fourth Thriller!

Thursday, April 28th  5:30 – 7:30 PM

Celebrate at:

Elm Street Books
35 Elm Street
New  Canaan, CT

Rogue Mission is available for pre-order in Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and fine bookstores everywhere.  Direct Links: Amazon:  and BN:


Kirkus Review (excerpt): “…The story unfolds with clipped efficiency, without the stagy encounters that slow down many such thrillers, and the large cast of characters is skillfully drawn.”

Robert K. Tanenbaum, New York Times Bestselling novelist: “As current as today’s headlines, Rogue Mission is a taut, well-paced thriller with action that begins on the first page and does let up until the last.  The fourth Jordan Sandor novel by Jeffrey Stephens, this story is not to be missed.”

Jack Du Brul, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Philip Mercer action adventure novels, including The Lightning Stones: “I fear that the plot of Rogue Mission will be a headline in the near future. Jeff Stephens has penned a terrific, timely and taut thriller and we should all hope a hero like Jordan Sandor is out there for when it comes true.”