Monday, November 16, 2015

Baksheesh by DS Kane @goddessfish

Character Interview

Tell me a bit about yourself.
My name is Yigdal Ben-Levy. At one time I was a Mossad spymaster. I earned that role by being a kidon, an assassin. I am currently Israel’s foreign minister and UN Ambassador.

Who is your favorite author?
I spend much of my time reading dossiers of upcoming covert operations and the files of team members I will assign to these missions. But when I travel, I pass the time with a novel or two. The one I’ve enjoyed most are DS Kane’s Spies Lie series; Bloodridge, DeathByte, Swiftshadow, GrayNet, Baksheesh (Bribes) and ProxyWar. My favorite character is Cassandra Sashakovich. She is a hard woman to kill.

What are your favorite TV shows?

I watch the Israeli version of Homeland. Not quite accurate in its tradecraft, but I can lose myself in the stories late at night.

If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?
Jon Sommers. Jon, I wish I had better protected your parents. It is my fault they died so horribly. And, yes, I was responsible for your fiancĂ©’s death, but she ignored the rules of behavior, and the Mossad doesn’t permit an operative to live if they do what she did. When your pregnant girlfriend was tortured to death, well, that was your fault.

What would you consider to be the best book you have ever read?
I read Gideon’s Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad, by Gordon Thomas. It was a pleasant read. I enjoyed it’s remembrance of some of my finest moments. But some of the missions were not presented as they occurred; more as the Mossad Director wished they had happened.

Who should play you in a film?
Murry Abraham would be a good choice.

What would we find under your bed?

You would find a “go” bag, containing a few days of clothing, a toothbrush and deodorant. You might also find a 22 caliber Berretta and two extra boxes of ammunition, already in clips, stored inside the bag. Also, I might have the dossiers of assets and cases I’m working.

What one word best describes you?


Do your friends think you are an introvert or an extravert? Why?

I have no friends. I’m a spymaster. I have subordinates. I had a niece who became a Mossad bat leveyha, a seductress, and she was one of my subordinates. But, she is dead now. I see her ghost when I’m under stress. She likes to mock me.

Do you have any special routines or rituals?

I use a chalkboard in my office to plan missions and analyze intelligence. Venn diagrams and logic. I try to find hidden connections in the intelligence to discover who was responsible for some crisis I am trying to end.

Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?

The motto of the Mossad: Through deception we wage war.


by DS Kane

GENRE: Thriller


She spied for her country, blackmailed her president, and ran from more threats than she can remember. But when the love of her life proposes, covert agent Cassandra Sashakovich is finally ready to settle down. Unfortunately her past is not quite ready to let her walk away.

Old enemies—including a vengeful president—want her dead, and they’re willing to attack her loved ones, including her adopted teenage daughter, if that’s what it takes.

But Cassandra has other pressing problems—a world leader is assassinated and an arm dealer’s revenge threatens to lead to nuclear war. Now Cassandra and her security firm, Swiftshadow must defuse the threats and find a way to outmaneuver those who threaten not only her family, but her country as well.


December 6, 4:33 p.m.

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC

The outgoing President sat at the Oval Office desk and frowned, his party devastated by leaks in the news stating that he had funded terrorists in an attempt to win the upcoming election for his party. He had been continuously angry since the press started sniffing around. He tapped a pen against the desk. No one visited a lame duck, especially one who’d become a pariah.

Although the news stories claimed that the leaks came from the West Wing, he was sure that it had been Cassandra Sashakovich who leaked the intel she’d been blackmailing him with. And there was more, loads of proof that could have him sent to prison, or even had him executed for treason.

His mind looped uncontrollably through the events that had led him here. Damn that woman. It couldn’t have been worse. He reached for the tumbler on his desk and took a swallow of Scotch.

It wasn’t too late to solve the problem by having her captured and terminated. But, there were still things he wanted to do to her. Not just kill her. Something more creative and painful. Maybe have her sent to one of the secret rendition camps he’d had the agency establish in Tajikistan.

He might end up in prison for treason, but at least he’d have the satisfaction of vengeance. 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

DS Kane worked in the field of covert intelligence for over a decade. During that time, his cover was his real name, and he was on the faculty of NYU's Stern Graduate School of Business. He traveled globally for clients including government and military agencies, the largest banks, and Fortune 100 corporations, and while in-country, he did side jobs for the government. One of the banks DS Kane investigated housed the banking assets of many of the world's intelligence agencies and secret police forces, including the CIA and NSA. Much of his work product was pure but believable fiction, lies he told, and truths he concealed. Secrets that--if revealed--might have gotten him killed. When his cover got blown, he fled the field and moved 3,000 miles.

Now, DS Kane is a former spy, still writing fiction. Through his novels, he exposes the way intelligence agencies craft fiction for sale to sway their countries and manipulate their national policy, driving countries into dangerous conflicts.

 To learn more about DS Kane and his books, visit or join him on Facebook for book giveaways and details on espionage at


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