Thrust into action, Tamika dives into the flaming wreckage to pull out any survivors. Among the lives she tries to save are retired billionaire Charles Roscovitch and his wife Shea, and a tech entrepreneur named Johnny who has gone missing amidst the carnage. When her commander, Colonel Jerry “JJ” Jessup, brashly announces to the world that this was a terrorist attack, Tamika becomes something of an overnight internet sensation and hero.
But this was not an isolated hit by a suicide bomber. The terrorist, Obaid bin Latif, strikes again the very next day and attacks a wide array of targets over the next eighteen months. Also involved is Bryce Roscovitch, Charles’s long estranged son and a programming savant and dark web supplier. But the real mastermind behind the destruction is Ford Wilkes — a subversive operator engaged in a “special form of venture capitalism.” He funds terrorists. His life experiences and his connection to a group called The Brotherhood have led to a mission of anarchy, fear, and dissent.
Wilkes is smart, patient, and without conscience. He has a plan afoot to destroy America from within. Pawns are moved in an orchestrated plot. Law enforcement is played like puppets.
In an environment of fake news, red vs blue, “haves” vs. “have nots,” immigrant tensions, and a virus pandemic, a polarized nation beings to split at its seams. With thousands dying and the strikes becoming increasingly personal, Tamika and an unlikely collection of committed Americans must answer a fundamental question: how far would you go to save what you love?
Chillingly set against a backdrop of modern-day events comes a story driven by themes of revenge and hope, guilt and redemption, separation and family. With heart-pounding action, a rich tapestry of characters, and a twisting plot filled with political intrigue and technothriller tones, The Wilkes Insurrection will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
Tamika Smith is a Combat Search and Rescue reservist with a painful past. With a General for a father and a brother in the Navy, she comes from a family of patriots who have made great sacrifices. Tamika has her own set of challenges including a harrowing secret from her early years in the Air Force. When a commercial airliner crash-lands at Offutt Air Force Base, she dives into the flaming wreckage to pull out survivors. Her commander, Colonel Jerry “JJ” Jessup, brashly announces to the world that this was a terrorist attack – and Tamika unwittingly becomes an overnight internet sensation.
Thrust into the spotlight and at a tipping point in her career, Tamika must make a choice. Continue in her current roles as a reservist and government staffer…or leverage her fame to catapult into the national political fray and the fight to stop the illusive bomber? Against a modern-day backdrop of government gridlock, fake news, and racial tensions, Tamika joins a coalition of leaders fighting to counter America’s rising fear and the escalating anarchy. But as she struggles to overcome her internal demons and play a role in rescuing the nation, new enemies have put her squarely in their sights.
Bryce Roscovitch’s birth created huge challenges for his parents, Shea and Charles. He was loved as a treasured son, but he also added financial challenges and parental pressures to their already crowded plates. Whether by nature or nurture (and as always, probably a bit of both), Bryce struggled to find his way growing up. He looked up to his father and loved his mother, but he never found the attention he thought he deserved. The contrast with his younger sister Angela, who was always on task and prospering socially, only made life more difficult. His isolation and awkwardness led him down a dark path.
He manages to find a productive path forward – at least as far as he is concerned. While his father found fortune in the commercial world, Bryce finds success as a dark web supplier of goods and services. And in many respects, he surpasses his father’s own technical achievements and finds pride in becoming one of the best in his line of work. At least until his actions contribute to much pain and suffering. Then, Bryce must face his own conscience and make important life and death choices that risk exposing him to society…and law enforcement.
Colonel Jerry “JJ” Jessup is an Air Force lifer who believes deeply in the mission. His excellent combat record and high-end cloak and dagger skills had put him on the fast track. But when he missed some clues and disaster followed, his path to the Joint Chiefs stalled. Unwilling to give in to the realities of the Peter Principle, he climbed steadily to the level of Colonel, responsible for one of the nation’s most important Intelligence gathering bases. JJ is the definition of the straight-laced military leader – respected by his officers, feared by the enlisted, and viewed as an asshole by all. But behind it all lies a committed patriot desperate for redemption.
When Flight 209 crashes at Offutt Air Force Base, JJ sees an opportunity to revive his career. Knowing how to manipulate the chain of command as well as anyone, he’s able to insert himself into the very center of the crash investigation. And for once in his life, he breaks with protocol and announces a bombshell on the press corps and the rest of the country. Then, the fight to uncover the truth becomes very personal – with each new failure pushing him closer to the edge. His determination will either lead to an end of the attacks or it will be the end of JJ.
Obaid bin Latif is a purported refugee from the Syrian civil war. He carefully keeps his background murky and tries to hide in plan view amongst the other Syrians that were resettled in Michigan. Over time, he masters different looks, walks, and accents as tools of deception. He also has excellent communications skills and has a knack for turning a phrase, often at the expense of some public figure.
He develops a relationship with Ford Wilkes and is his most important disciple and operative. Although he’s not a true follower of Islam, he utilizes the faith as a cover for his true passion – the destruction of order and propagating the chaos that follows. He is experienced in field work and meticulous in his operations planning, always scheming to instigate an attack without leaving a lasting trail. With each mission, he knows that he is exposed and his life is at risk, but he thrives on the knowledge that every action could be his last.
Ford Wilkes is on the path to the American Dream. Raised in Detroit in a dysfunctional marriage, he is the son of an auto worker who finds his passion in technology. He is the first in his family to graduate from college. His career in IT gets off to a great start with a regional bank, and while he struggles with dating and finding a life partner, he finds real joy in his work. Then the 2007-2008 recession hits, his bank struggles, and he loses his job. Unable to deal with his perceived failure, he finds others to blame and creates a new mission for his future.
Wilkes leaves Detroit and migrates westward, eventually finding a second wave of success working in IT in the oil and gas fracking industry. But he never forgets what “others did to him,” and sets out on a plan to return the favor. With government and women as his twin demons, he puts his technical skills and financial resources to work in a deadly game of chaos and destruction. With Obaid bin Latif as his “partner,” he evades the FBI until the time comes to spring his trap.
Abraham Lincoln and his legacy are the metaphorical heart of The Wilkes Insurrection. The Memorial itself, dedicated in 1922, is the site of many important events that drive the story line.
In many respects, Arlington National Cemetery is the heart and soul of the US military. It is certainly hallowed ground that both Major Tamika Smith and Colonel Jerry Jessup will protect with their lives.
Although we don’t think about our train system as an important part of our national infrastructure, Union Station plays a vital role in Washington, DC and east coast transportation. And it is not well protected.
These dual icons of Seattle, WA play an important role in local tourism and are often featured in book, TV, and movie scenes. Major Tamika Smith has lived all over the world, but Puget Sound becomes her home turf.
The Pentagon effectively connects the major Washington, D.C. monuments with Arlington National Cemetery. A classical stone fortress-like it is a shape turned into a building turned into an icon. Colonel Jerry Jessup knew it was intimidating by design – attacks on the Pentagon were a violation of the country as a whole.
In times of crisis, our nation gathers for prayer and reflection. The National Cathedral has played an important role in our history to honor important people, events, and passings.
Attacks on our home turf have been rare over time but they change our outlook on what it means to defend our country. The 9/11 assaults at the World Trade Center changed our country forever.
"A timely, must-read thriller with rich characters and a plot full of unexpected turns. Get ready to fall in love with Tamika Smith."
— Robert Dugoni
International bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite series
"Compelling characters, dark web intrigue, and a wonderfully twisted plot. Pull this timely thriller to the top of your reading list."
— Former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan
New York Times Bestselling Author
"Tamika Smith is the hero we need right now."
— Retired U.S. Navy Officer Brad Snyder
5 Time Gold Medalist, Paralympic Swimming
"Robbie Bach has built on his Xbox credentials to spin a great, contemporary thriller. Like any great video game, the storytelling is engaging, the evil is visceral, and the forces of good must unite to rise to the occasion."
— Pete Parsons, CEO and Chairman, Bungie Studios
creators of Halo and Destiny
"More plot twists than a bobsled run."
— Steve Messler
Olympic Gold Medalist, Bobsled, and Founder, Classroom of Champions
"Inhale The Wilkes Insurrection for its timely relevance, then linger in its promise for humanity. Bach is an exciting talent to watch for readers who love authors like Jeffrey Archer, Tom Clancy, and Nelson DeMille."
— Justina Chen, award winning author
North of Beautiful and Lovely, Dark, and Deep