Element 42 (Sabel Security Thriller #3)

While running from outraged locals, Pia Sabel and Jacob Stearne stumble into a death camp hidden in the Borneo jungle. Within hours, the pair is racing to find a cure for a stricken friend only to discover a pharmaceutical company preparing to unleash an engineered disease that only their patented drug can cure.

Before they can follow the clues, events spiral out of control. Murders and kidnappings force Pia and Jacob to rescue a teenager while searching for a mole within their ranks. Facing the highest stakes of their lives, they must make a moral choice with global consequences.

Join the more than 50,000 Seeley James readers and see why Sabel Security thrillers get so many rave reviews. Element 42 propels Sabel Security’s greatest challenge to its astonishing finish, proving why readers say, “I felt every ounce of rage and desperation.”

Interview with Seeley James from DigiWriting.com

DW: When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?

SJ: When I was ten or eleven, I read Treasure Island and fell in love with adventure and thrillers.

DW: What is your favorite book of all time? How has it influenced you and your writing?

I don’t have just one. One Shot by Lee Child, because it has such an intricate set of clues, ranks right up there with First Drop by Zoe Sharp, because she nailed the teenagers with incredible insight and humor.

DW: What are you currently reading? Why did you select this book?

SJ: Hope to Die by James Patterson because, while I’m not a fan of his books, I respect his writing and learn volumes from it. The books he writes alone have an undeniable perfection to them. I always have a Patterson book nearby.

DW: Did you always want to be a writer or did you fall into the profession?

I was nineteen and single when I adopted a three-year-old girl and raised her. Kids need a lot of money and attention, so I worked in the upwardly mobile tech industry. Later in life, my career afforded me the ability to take a huge risk.

DW: What was your favorite subject in school? Were you always a strong writer?

SJ: In high school, I would write several different stories for any creative writing assignment and sell the extras to my friends for ten dollars. Two guys figured they’d go in halves and share the story because they were in two different classes — they got caught. (I made a clean getaway.)

DW: When you begin to write a story, do you know how it’s going to end?

SJ: Yes, because the first thing I do is make a project management plan for the bad guys. For instance, if they’re planning to rob a bank, they first need to choose the location, then case the place, allocate resources, recruit accessories, locate tools, etc. I then spot the moment where the good guys cross their path. That tells me where the ending fits — seconds before the bad guys accomplish their goal.

DW: Which authors have had a profound impact on your writing?

SJ: Gillian Flynn because she thinks way outside the Agatha Christie formula. J. D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) has some phenomenal writing techniques. Harlan Coben, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, James Rollins, A. G. Riddle, Lance Charnes, the list just goes on and on…

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Element 42 (Sabel Security Thriller #3)

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