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Summer of Indie Discovers "A Spy At Home" With Joseph Rinaldo

Today's Summer of Indie guest is contemporary author Joseph M. Rinaldo. We spoke with Joseph about two of his books: A Spy At Home,  a thrilling novel about a former CIA agent who steals millions of dollars from the government but is later met with personal tragedy, and Hazardous Choices, which tells the story of a young man who tries to escape his future as a Chicago gang member by accepting a football scholarship to a small college.

A Spy At Home


A retired CIA operative comes to believe he wasted his professional life not only promoting questionable American policies, but missing life with his family. To ease the pain he diverts millions that the CIA expected him to use funding a coup attempt that would establish a pro-American government in an African country. Seeing the coup would fail, Garrison decides to keep the money for himself. You, the reader, can decide if he’s a villain with evil intent, a hero with altruistic motives, or a regular guy sick of working for peanuts in a dangerous environment.
Back at home he and his wife look forward to their golden years being luxuriously comfortable and opulently relaxed. Suddenly, his wife is gone, and he must learn all that she knew about caring for Noah, their mentally retarded son. After a life of planning for contingencies, the former spy must deal with the possibility that he may die before his son. Who will care for the son when the dad spent a life out of the country and now has no one to lean on?
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Hazardous Choices
After surviving life in a violent Chicago street gang through his high school years, Darnell Jackson’s future appears promising. A football scholarship gives him the chance to escape the thug lifestyle.

During his first year in college, Darnell safely resides in a small Kentucky town, playing Division Two college football and trying to make something of himself. Adjusting to the new surroundings proves tough, but a teammate and a girl give him hope that his future will be better than his past.

In the summer after his freshman year, he returns to the old neighborhood to be with his mother. The gang reasserts its hold on him, and the leader orders Darnell to kill a member of a rival gang. Nearly dying in a gang fight, Darnell shoots an enemy gangbanger. This forces Darnell to re-evaluate his future. As a result, he lies to the mercurial leader of his gang, claiming he completed his assignment. After “doing work” for his gang, Darnell receives permission to head back to school and the security of small-town life.

When the head gangbanger learns of Darnell’s lie, the small Kentucky town isn’t so safe anymore.

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Joseph Rinaldo currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee. From this most American of southern cities he writes about the internal turmoil in the CIA in A SPY AT HOME and about trying to escape deadly gangs in HAZARDOUS CHOICES. "You've probably heard that authors write  about what they know. Think it's true?"

You can find author Joseph Rinaldo online at:

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and on Twitter:  @jmrinaldo

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