The Darque Side
by Steve Burkart
Proisle Publishing Service

"Pandemonium had replaced the solemnity of the site, and, as might be imagined, confusion now reigned in its place."

John Darque, or “Chadeaux,” as his friends call him, is the leader of a top-secret organization inside the United States. Only a select few know of its true existence. While he is visiting the grave of a murdered friend and partner, Casper, at the Arlington National Cemetery, a bomb explodes. This incident happens after a U.S. Border Patrol Agent is found dead with the words “Chadeaux” carved into his body. Darque and his team, which includes the love of his life, Penny Miller, soon find that Iran and China are working together to not only get rid of the intelligence agent but bring the United States to its knees. The mission for Darque becomes personal—not because of the bounty on his head, but because he may finally have the chance to come face-to-face with Casper’s killer.

From start to finish, Burkart’s book will keep readers more than intrigued. It has a well-written plot, and one of the reasons is because of its refreshing take on its main character. Darque can be cold and calculating towards his enemies, but at times, especially with Penny, he shows a softer side by crying or sharing his anxieties. The themes of the story are both revenge and greed. Those who are part of the terrorist attacks, such as Viper, take part in them because of the loss of family. Meanwhile, for those who pay for the attacks, it’s all about money and power. Overall, even with the array of subplots—including one where there is a plan to create a pipeline that could start World War III—Burkart does a good job of tying up all of the loose ends.

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