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THE JOSHUA STONE is a science thriller with a religious twist. Think Michael Crichton meets Dan Brown. In 1959, in an underground laboratory in a remote region of West Virginia, a secret government experiment went terribly awry. In desperation, President Eisenhower ordered the lab sealed shut and all records of its existence destroyed. Now, fifty-four years later, something from the lab has emerged. When mysterious events begin occurring along the New River Valley in West Virginia, government agents Mike Califano and Ana Thorne are sent to investigate. What they discover will shake the foundations of science and religion and put both agents in the crosshairs of a deadly, worldwide conspiracy.
Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
The two main protagonists in THE JOSHUA STONE must work together to solve an ancient mystery that has confounded biblical scholars and modern scientists alike.
Michael Califano is a man with a past--a past that should have immediately disqualified him for his lowly job as an assistant security auditor at the Department of Energy. But Califano has special skills . . . and exactly one important friend in the U.S. government. When this powerful benefactor asks him to help investigate mysterious events taking place near an abandoned laboratory in West Virginia, Califano jumps at the opportunity. Anything to escape his boring cubicle job and annoying boss. What he doesn’t realize, though, is that his life is about to take a turn toward unimaginable danger.
Ana Thorne is a CIA blueblood, recruited out of Georgetown University before she’d even graduated. In the past twelve years, she’s been an analyst, a field operative, an assistant section head in Athens, and her newest gig, deputy director of the CIA’s Office of Disruptive Technology Analysis and Intervention (DTAI). Ana doesn’t suffer fools, and she definitely does not like her new “partner,” Michael Califano. He’s brash and impulsive, and worse, he has an unexplained three-year gap in his resume that is driving her crazy. On the other hand, orders are orders, and Ana Thorne is a person who follows orders to a tee. So, like it or not, she must work with Califano to solve this mystery . . . before it’s too late.
How did you start your writing career?
I started writing a novel in law school but gave it up after several chapters. After that, I put the idea on a shelf for several years as I began my law career and focused on raising a family. But I guess the bug never went away. One day, I mentioned this to a friend, and he asked to see my partial manuscript from law school. I reluctantly showed it to him, and to my surprise, he liked it. With his encouragement, I finally sat down (on evenings and weekends) and completed the manuscript that became THE GENESIS KEY, my debut novel.
Plotter or Pantser? Why?
By “pantser,” I’m assuming you mean one who writes by the seat of his pants. If so, that describes me pretty well. I’ve tried plotting out an entire novel, but it never seems to work. Instead, I like to work with a general “gist” of where the story should go and a few mileposts that I know I want to reach. Other than that, I just write what feels right at the moment and hope it all comes together in the end.
Have you attended a high school reunion? What did you learn?
I graduated from the American International School in Lisbon, Portugal. Several years ago I took my wife and kids to Portugal for my twentieth high school reunion. Wow, what a great time! Not only was it wonderful seeing everyone again and revisiting my old stomping grounds in Caiscais and Estoril, but Portugal made it to the semi-finals of the World Cup that summer, so the whole country was electrified. I suppose the one thing I learned from that reunion is that when you get together with a bunch of friends from high school, you quickly regress to a teenage mindset. It wasn’t pretty . . . but it was fun.
Describe what it’s like to be an author in three words.
Never. Enough. Sleep.
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
If you like a fast-moving science thriller that is thought-provoking and exciting from start to finish, with interesting characters and a totally original plot, then you should read THE JOSHUA STONE.
The Joshua Stone
by James Barney
on Tour October 8 - Nov 30th
Book Details:Genre: Thriller/Suspense
Published by: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: 10/8/2013
Number of Pages: 416
Synopsis:Some secrets belong to the past. Others refuse to stay there . . .
In 1959, in an underground laboratory in a remote region of West Virginia, a secret government experiment went terribly awry. Half a dozen scientists mysteriously disappeared, and all subsequent efforts to rescue them failed. In desperation, President Eisenhower ordered the lab sealed shut and all records of its existence destroyed. Now, fifty-four years later, something from the lab has emerged.
When mysterious events begin occurring along the New River Valley in West Virginia, government agents Mike Califano and Ana Thorne are sent to investigate. What they discover will shake the foundations of science and religion and put both agents in the crosshairs of a deadly, worldwide conspiracy. A powerful and mysterious force has been unleashed, and it's about to fall into the wrong hands. To prevent a global catastrophe, Califano and Thorne must work together to solve a biblical mystery that has confounded scholars for centuries. And they must do so quickly, before time runs out . . . forever.
James Barney is the critically acclaimed author of The Genesis Key. He is an attorney who lives outside Washington, D.C., with his wife and two children.