Coming This Spring
Sounds of Deception
A novel set in WW II at the Mare Island Shipyard.
Nick Devin, a submarine sailor, awakes from a night of hard drinking while on liberty in San Francisco.
Three masked men want the secrets of the newest Radar and Sonar systems used on submarines being built on Mare Island.
Nick goes to the FBI in what begins a fast-paced tale of lies and deceptions to crack a Nazi spy ring.
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Agent Keys Steps Out is a novel featuring Barry Keys, the FBI agent who helped Nick Devin take down the Nazi spy ring. Keys quits the FBI to open his own San Francisco detective agency. Black Marketers are stealing valuble materials from our war effort. Keys is on their trail.
Novac Strikes Back marks the return of Jack Novac. Jack, not content to build an electronics empire to help the war effort, travels to Europe to seek revenge on the Nazi's that ended his racing career. He bands together former European racers to wreck havoc on the Nazi regime.
Bobo's Raid is on the shelves now
Count Reginald Bobrowski, dazed and bloody, sits down heavily. The speed record beast he was driving steams and groans, broken on the beach after the drive chain snapped nearly decapitating him.
Bobrowski, son of a wealthy Polish Count and an American heiress, lives in England with his wife Alexandra. Her pet name for the Count is Bobo, a name he finds most embarrassing. Bobo dabbles in racing cars and managing his myriad business interests.
On a lark he and his friend Clive Parry-Jones take their wives on a journey to the sands of the Sahara. After returning from the nearly disastrous trip Reggie meets a sinister Mr. S, head of a secret government department in London. S orders Reggie to go back to the Sahara to spy on a German expedition London thinks is seeking oil for their future war effort.
Reggie and Clive modify a Citroën Kégresse half-track ambulance into a lightly armored desert traveler to cross the treacherous Sahara sands. They load the Citroën aboard a cargo ship and endure a harrowing sea voyage to Algeria. At their base in Ouargla, they find more intrigue. S has sent a cunning, brutally deceptive female agent to control Reggie’s every move.
Reggie and Clive try to puzzle who is after what. The Germans roam the desert leaving death and angry Berbers in their wake. S's agent has an agenda of her own, and Bobrowski is caught in the crosshairs of both factions.
Is Reggie just a rich lay-a-about fop or can he and his friend Clive get the job done? Join them on a gritty tale of murder and deceit across the desert as the Count dodges death to seek the truth.
Bobo's Raid is available now here, and at most online booksellers.
Mike Downs Mysteries is the home of Mike Downs, author. I write historic mystery thrillers.
My books are based on my 40 years of experience as a factory sports car racing driver. My lifelong interest in racing history fills the pages of my novels with racing drivers and events from the past. My books are set in America and Europe in the 1930's and 1940's, during the growth of the Nazi regime and the turmoil leading up to World War II.
I hope you enjoy my novels and the men and women who made auto racing what it is today.
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Van and his wife Kathy discover a fascinating world of early American racing. They discover Artimus, the genius behind the fastest racing cars of the 1920's and 1930's, was duped into designing a radical race car along with an encoding machine that could allow Germany to send unbreakable secret messages.
When a viscious gang leader kidnaps Van's wife as ransom for the box, Van finds murder and betrayal. Everyone is after the box that promises to hold a fantastic treasure.
Buckle your seat belt as Van races to save his wife and solve the seventy-year old murder.
Jack Novac, Indy 500 winner, plans a new assault for the 1934 Championship with his two fabulous Miller front drive race cars. Then the rules change and his Millers are not eligible. When a retired army general offers to sponsor Jack on a barnstorming tour of Europe, Jack is unwillingly drawn into the intrigues brewing in pre-war Europe. The General sees Jack's show as a perfect cover for gaining access to manufacturing plants in Italy and Germany.
Jack breaks Europe's speed records, drawing record crowds. But murder and espionage seem to follow him around and everyone but Jack seems to think he's a spy. When a high-ranking Nazi official's wife disappears, Jack becomes his target for revenge. Jack thrills the crowds while racing to stay one step ahead of dying.
Join Jack Novac on his next adventure.
After his stunning success at Monza, Mercedes offers Jack a test at the Nurburgring. While there, Jack meets Maddy Rosen, a sports journalist. He is captivated by her. His fanatical enemy, Count Von Steuben, pursues him throughout Germany, finally capturing him at the French Grand Prix. Find out how Jack and Maddy elude Von Steuben on their race across Europe.