“Here is a lightning-fast tale of intrigue, lies, and the mother-of-all terrorist plots.

Big story, big adventure, big thumbs-up!”

—JAMES ROLLINS, New York Times Bestselling Author of Kingdom of Bones 


John Viera left his CIA fieldwork hoping for a “normal” occupation and a long-awaited family, but when a Pakistani engineer is kidnappedd from a top-secret US project and diplomatic entanglements tie the government’s hands, the Intelligence Community turns to John and his team of ex-operatives to investigate — strictly off the books. They uncover a plot of unprecedented magnitude that will precipitate the slaughter of millions.

From the corporate skyscrapers of Montreal to the treacherous alleys of Baluchistan, these formidable enemies strike, determined to create a regional apocalypse and permanently alter the balance of world power. Isolated in their knowledge of the impending devastation, John and his network stand alone between total destruction and the Leopard of Cairo.

“A lightning-fast tale of intrigue, lies, and the mother-of-all terrorist plots. Big story, big adventure, big thumbs up!”

~ JAMES ROLLINS, New York Times Bestselling Author of Sigma Force Series

“A fantastic spy thriller. Wild adventure, delicious storytelling, tradecraft that only the insiders know.”

~ ANNIE JACOBSEN, Bestselling Author of Surprise, Kill, Vanish and TV writer/prod of Jack Ryan


Finally free from his gritty MI6 existence in Pakistan, Martin Blackburn is eager to embrace life on a Cuban cocoa plantation to provide a conduit for the United Kingdom to surveil Russian construction of a military and nuclear base.

Just as he releases the mental burdens of the underworld hellholes, a beautiful, black-haired woman approaches Martin on the beach and hands him a USB drive. “You must take this and leave Cuba forever. Once you pass it on, you will no longer be safe in the West, but millions will suffer if you do not expose this plot.”

Suddenly, thugs are shadowing Martin’s every step, and MI6 is sending him back to Quetta for an undisclosed mission. Other than his American friend, John Viera, Martin no longer knows who he can trust, but only that there is a mole in the upper echelons of the UK government.

Friend becomes foe and hunter becomes prey when a new predator springs into the shadow world, and Martin is ensnared in the clandestine jungle of the Panther of Baracoa.


In a chilling continuation of their Apex Predator novels, Bayard & Holmes compel us into the darkest corners of the Shadow World. A world where billionaires are not subject to governments and assassins, rogue nations, and terrorists are their tools to obtain global dominance. In an explosion of unrelenting action, one man and his team risk everything to protect the Western world.

Former CIA Operations Officer John Viera is doing his best to lead a “normal” life and start a family. Fate has other ideas.

When a Russian ship is mysteriously torpedoed off the coast of Peru, untracked enriched uranium is revealed within its cargo. Protecting his family’s multi-billion dollar business interests, the US president blocks agency investigations into the incident. Top intelligence officials covertly call in John Viera and his unofficial network of former operatives to uncover the new player on the nuclear chessboard. What they discover threatens the annihilation of the West.

From the jungles of the Amazon to the Sea of Japan, John and his network are the only ones who stand between international security and the Caiman of Iquitos.

“An excellent reminder that great spies write great spy stories.”

~ ANNIE JACOBSEN, TV Writer/Producer of Jack Ryan