When Rion and Sena, two refugees frrom a doomed planet travel across the galaxy to Earth to save their species from extinction, they land at sea and are separated in a hurricane. He washes up on the coast of Georgia. Sena is rescued at sea and taken to Australia. Pursued by an obsessed NASA official, The FBI and foreign intelligence services, They find each other, evade and escape capture. It's a scifi story, an adventure story, a love story and a story about how the first human contact with extraterrestrial intelligent life changes everyone involved.
Ed Ross is President EWRoss International, a global consulting company. His previous positions include Principal Director, Security Cooperation Operations in the Defense Security Cooperation Agency; Acting Deputy Assistant Sec-retary of Defense for POW/ MIA Affairs; and Senior Director for China and Taiwan, in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. His military service includes two tours of duty in Vietnam as an artillery observer with the 9th Inf Division and a mil intel detachment commander with the 525th MI Group; Chief, Counterespionage-Counter-intelligence, 500th MI Group; a senior political-military analyst in the Defense Intelligence Agency; and Asst. Army Attaché to the People's Republic of China. Ed has traveled extensively throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. He is the author of numerous professional articles on national security issues.
I chose an FBI agent experienced in counterespionage as Rion and Sena's principal pursuer because I wanted a character especially good at finding people pretending to be something they aren't. Other characters in the book are composite characters based on different real and imagined people. Only Noel Smith is based on a real person who was one of America's top counterespionage operatives.
Noel was an FBI veteran; meeting sources, subjects and spies in bars was old hat. He started his career at the field office in Fargo, North Dakota, but he quickly impressed his superiors, catching a Russian spy who used Fargo as a meeting place. The Russian, using non-official cover, wasn’t on anyone’s radar scope, and Noel’s catch was a big one. The Russian and his U.S. agent he had met with in Fargo were caught with highly classified information about the next generation U.S. fighter aircraft. After Fargo, Noel went to the San Francisco, Miami Beach and New York City field offices before he was assigned to the counterintelligence unit of the Washington, D.C., Field Office. There, he built a reputation as a first-class counterintelligence/counterespionage agent. Promoted to the position of Special Agent-in-Charge of the Washington Field Office, he caught the eye of the Director of the FBI who began using Noel when particularly difficult or sensitive jobs came up. When the news about the spaceship hit Washington, D.C., the director called him personally and told him to investigate and coordinate with other agencies. A six foot, 200 pound Oklahoman with sandy blond hair and a receding hairline, Noel didn’t suffer fools gladly. He had no patience for incompetent bureaucrats or anyone that got in the way of his mission.