Lee Cunningham Novels

Layers to the story are so important!

At a book signing a lady asked me to explain my writing style. Specifically, she asked, “Why do your construct your characters with so many layers, and your plots with so many twists and turns?”

As a prolific reader, I had become bored with the action figure who sweeps in and saves the day, always successfully navigating through a barrage of gunfire, explosions and failed attempted assassinations. He or she ususally has the quick romance during the process and rides off into the sunset with or without the newfound love. You can only tell that story so many times without it losing the reader’s interest and appreciation.

Life is full of love, disappointment, heartbreak, triumph and defeat, involving black and white choices tainted with all shades of grey. To me, the tale is more interesting when characters have depth and flaws, and when they lose a few battles as they fight through life’s struggles. But the depth of many characters requires time and space to build, and thus I chose a series.

In the novels that comprise The Beckettt Cypher Series, I weave in real life experiences, blending crimes and problems we currently face in the modern world. Although the series is not political, people with rigid, politically constructed mind-sets may not appreciate truthful depictions involving drug and human trafficking, gangs, corrupt politicians or shadow governments, even though all those problems truly exist and diminish everyone’s quality of life. I tell it like I saw it, see it, and know it to exist.

Similarly, I build complex characters often seeking passionately committed relationships, who occassionally deal with betrayal and love that goes wrong. This is the reality of the life we all know. But once again, a reader with a mindset seeking a more superficial and fast-paced action read may not appreciate space spent in developing a romance or saving family members from themselves.

In short, I build both the plot and my characters, the good and the bad, much like stories and people I have known in life. My fictional people and circumstances usually have some roots in reality. My heroic figures may lose loves and be injured, unable to always avoid the pain of life. My stories are plausible, as much of the plot has happened, is happening now, or can happen in the near future.

I try to design a fictional reality that will tug at the strings of your heart and conscience, urging you to confront life to decide what you believe is good or bad, honourable or immoral. If I am successful the end product will entertain and stretch me and many of my readers. Such readers share my appreciation for the real side of life, amidst all the intrigue, action and adventure.

But still, others may not appreciate the detail and depth in my people, the plot or the romance. And I respect their decisions to move on to faster-paced, less complex, more superficial, quickly entertaining reads. We all should read what we enjoy!

I hope you enjoy my series. Several murder mysteries will be included in the next books in the series, as The Beckett team navigates through their challenges. The first of these murders, based on an actual case, is chilling, as it looks into the heart and mind of a prolific serial killer. The murders, like the plots that contain them, will have unexpected twists and turns, packed with surprises.

Please enjoy whatever you choose to read. And please contact me on my website with feedback!

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The Beckett Cypher Series – Book 3 – The Politicians is scheduled for December, 2018

  The Beckett Cypher Series – Book 3 – The Politicians follows undercover operative Shane Beckett’s criminal investigation, begun in The Beckett Cypher Series – Book 1 – The Case, and continued in The Beckett Cypher Series – Book 2 – The Committee.  Shane, Kate and the rest of the cypher team encounter new threats from The Committee while they battle nefarious corrupt characters inside American’s shadow government, as well as foreign government agents intent on destroying the United States of America.

  But it isn’t until Shane’s cyber-team develops their cypher into a powerful artificial intelligence spy system, that they begin to uncover the most serious threat to human freedoms – The Politicians. Whether politicians are foreign or domestic, the Beckett team discovers they are too often motivated by greed, money, power, sex and the ongoing struggle to remain in political office. And in order to remain in office, the team learns that The Politicians make themselves seem indispensable to voter’s perceived needs, by controlling public opinion through choreographed dramatic propaganda.

  The cypher spy system discovers how government, social media, and mainstream media indoctrinate people through coordinated talking points, designed to keep Americans agitated, divided and angry. As Shane and his group fight their battles to expose the truth, they find the world is smaller than they think, as Chinese, Russian, North Korean and Iranian enemy agents work together with groups inside America to discover and capture The Beckett Cypher team, or destroy them. 

  Shane and his allies struggle to expose coordinated attacks on personal freedoms that Americans currently face, as they wind through an investigation filled with intrigue, suspense, danger, and mystery in The Beckett Cypher Series – Book 3 – The Politicians. Characters the reader has come to know, love or despise keep the reader engaged, as romance blooms for some, while it withers for others. Relationships forged through loyalty and betrayal direct the paths Shane’s team members must choose as they fight to survive, investigate, and expose evil. 

  The Beckett Cypher Series – Book 3 – The Politicians may be the most spell-binding novel in the series yet, as events and dangers track well ahead of current day news releases, leading toward the final conflict Americans will face, with Shane and his team. 

 

The Beckett Cypher Series – Book 3 – The Politicians

The Beckett Sypher Series – Book 3 – The Politicians will be ready for release in a few weeks!

The politicians will keep you turning the pages as Shane, Kate, Pete, Walter and the rest of the team continue to pursue The Committee, while they battle foreign agents and corrupt politicians, all trying to capture the cypher team to exploit the cypher’s power and further their own evil political agendas. 
Love continues to grow for some couples, while other relationships suffer loss, amidst the stress and danger surrounding The Beckett Cypher. 
Canine friends develop their characters as they interact with the family, keeping you entertained, while bonds between humans and their furry companions strengthen. 
Twists and turns within the team and those aiding the team shape a plot full of surprises you never saw coming!
The book won’t disappoint Beckett Cypher fans as it takes you further into the series, and deeper inside the shadow government infecting the country!

The Beckett Cypher The Committee – Book 2 ………Coming Soon!

  Friends of Lee Cunningham Novels :  The Beckett Cypher The Committee – Book 2 is undergoing the final edit as three exciting themes were finalized! 

  First, canine guest stars are introduced in this novel, guaranteeing both smiles and tears of joy, as you read about their exploits, challenges and loves.  Next, the shadow government we constantly hear about in current news events, takes form clearly for the reader…as Hector attends training with The Committee, and begins to understand the purpose and objectives driving the power behind government.  Lastly, as new romance blooms for one of our main characters, romantic and emotional conflicts burst forth as our warrior struggles with the confusion and problems presented by loving more than one person, at the same time.  

  The pre-release feedback from first draft reviewers is that The Beckett Cypher The Committee – Book 2, ramps up the romance, drama, intrigue, and surprise twists and turns to a new exciting level, that will leave the reader wanting another chapter and anxious for Book 3. 

 

 

The Beckett Cypher The Committee – Book 2

  The Beckett Cypher The Committee – Book 2 is being edited as I write this post.  The team takes cryptography to a new level as they work to understand the Cypher, and take advantage of the secrets it will reveal.  They add two more cryptography experts, both versed in encryption and decryption, charged with identifying the secret Cypher text that will  allow decryption of the Beckett Case files.         

  Twists and turns in the plot leave the reader anxious to turn the page and stumble in to a new love story, or a development in the search for the Cypher, or the identity of members of The Committee.  As a reader, you will grow to love the canine friends added to the team in Book 2, each with their own distinct personality and entertaining traits. 

  The team will also make maximum use of resources in the country as they travel from coast to coast pursuing leads, while they attempt to stay one step ahead of drug cartels and the shadow government trying to intercept them.

  You won’t want to miss the continuing saga, as Shane, Kate, Walter, Juanita, Pete, Tasha, Heath, Hector and the rest of the cast struggle to stay alive, as they balance love, life and criminal investigation in the search for truth about the connections between drug cartels and The Committee!

 

 

 

The Beckett Cypher, The Committee – Book 2 nearly finalized!

 

As we finalize story-line changes and edits in the The Beckett Cypher, The Committee – Book 2, I am excited to tell you I am very pleased with the results.  Current events couldn’t be much more aligned with the track the second novel takes, as fiction parallels and even predicts current reality, reported in world events each day. 

 In Book 2, our characters from The Beckett Cypher, The Case – Book 1 are faced with even more demanding challenges, as they struggle to balance commitments to love, family and relationships against the strains and dangers encountered while solving The Case.  Intrigue builds as our team discovers The Committee and begins to unravel the mystery surrounding this secretive group, while avoiding detection that could bring certain destruction.   

 Love blossoms for some of our team, while heartache and tragedy loom for others.  Mystery deepens in many areas, as discovery leads to more questions and unknowns.  Our team forms unlikely alliances, proving Shakespeare’s adage that “politics makes strange bed fellows,” while we also discover that the ancient proverb, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” is not always true!

 In Book 2 I also introduce 2 new canine friends, one appearance gifted to us by a family member and the other by a friend who is family, to me.  These furry friends, Sophia Maria and Jago, will tug at the strings of your heart as they entertain you with their personality and antics.  Man’s best friends are so individual, entertaining and creative that I am resisting the urge to add to their characters.  Instead, I will try to present our guest “stars” personalities just as they are, or were, in real life, to honor them and their real-life families.   

 I hope you enjoy the anticipated wait for The Beckett Cypher, The Committee – Book 2, and the subsequent read, as much as I am enjoying the creation!

Dan Holub AKA Lee Cunningham

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