Silent Cats

Deadly Dance

Fiction - Thriller - General
528 Pages
Reviewed on 04/30/2015
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Author Biography

After spending the first ten years of his career with a US-based intelligence agency, Mr. Wallace went on to work for foreign intelligence agencies, law firms, political figures, royals, sovereigns and private corporations for the next twenty years.

He is considered one of the top corporate infiltrators in the world.

Between various spy contracts, JD became a student of Robert McKee (Story) and has spent nearly a decade working as an subject matter expert (SME) and technical advisor (TA) for several large movie and TV production companies (several Oscar and Emmy winners). He has also had the pleasure of functioning as a Script Reader, Script Synopsis Writer (aka, Coverage) and Consulting Writer under a number of aliases.

Mr. Wallace holds bachelor's degrees in Mammalian Physiology and Environmental Chemistry, a master's degree in Physiology/Biochemical Nutrition and an MBA in Finance. Currently, the widower and his Welsh Border Collie, Kelly, split time between San Diego, California, and Montreux, Switzerland.

SILENT CATS: Deadly Dance is his first novel of a possible six book series. Book two is currently under construction. Stay tuned.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite

Silent Cats: Deadly Dance by JD Wallace opens in 2005 in Tel Aviv, where a Mossad assassin and her daughters are killed in a car bombing. When Pantera, the husband of the slain woman, who is also a CIA man himself, has to identify the bodies he swears he will get revenge. It is then that the story goes back in time to 1989 when the couple meets and begins their whirlwind relationship. A life that is made of partial truths and partial lies and yet Kat and Pantera find love for themselves.

It took me about two chapters to truly feel connected with this book, but once I did I related to Kat and Pantera and the life they made for themselves. This is a spy story mixed with love and true adventure, and it has an amazing amount of action to keep you riveted. JD Wallace has a great style of writing that will get you involved with the characters. If you ever imagined what it might really be like for two people who work in the dark world of special ops to build a life together and be in love, this story is for you. It is Mr. and Mrs. Smith on a different and better level. If you love adventures, thrillers and stories with a real life element within the pages, you will enjoy this book as much as I did. I look forward to reading more from this bright author!

Ray Simmons

Silent Cats: Deadly Dance by JD Wallace is an action packed look into the world of espionage. The military jargon and personalities are spot on and the book doesn't pull any punches about the danger and stress of serving the government in this capacity. Two main characters carry the story. Marcus Sinclair is a GS-13, a Clandestine Service Operations Officer. He is a legacy. Someone whose family members are also agents and have recommended him to the service. He had a strange childhood, which resulted in him being labeled a genius with no empathy. His wife Alyn is also a legacy, only she works for Mossad, the Israeli Intelligence Agency. She has as much psychological baggage as her husband, but together they balance each other out and have two adorable daughters along the way. You can guess that their life is no picnic and Silent Cats describes the violence and chaos beautifully.

JD Wallace gives us a detailed psychological look into this shadow world and teaches while he entertains. The strong suit of his writing is his ability to go inside the minds of unique people who live in a competitive world fraught with danger. The action and situations ring with authenticity and leave emotional scars, even though characters have no choice but to move forward. I have a feeling JD Wallace's writing will only get better and his books, starting with Silent Cats: Deadly Dance, will become a must-read for espionage aficionados around the world.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Silent Cats: Deadly Dance by JD Wallace is based on a true story. It is 2005 – Kat is having lunch with her daughters in Tel Aviv. She is a Mossad assassin and has been for 20 years. A car bomb ends their lives abruptly, leaving her husband, who goes by the name of Pantera, to identify the remains and swear revenge. In 1989, Pantera, a CIA Black Site interrogator, is working undercover when he meets Kat at an embassy New Year’s Eve Ball. Neither is sure of the other, neither knows what the other does, but both know that all is not as it seems. And so begins the deadly dance as the two work their way through a series of operations, a growing romantic attachment, and more danger than anyone could have thought possible. Pantera is hunting a mole; Kat is hunting the Katsa killer. In a spellbinding conclusion, it all becomes clear who the hunter is – and the hunted.

Silent Cats: Deadly Dance by JD Wallace was a stunning read. I understand that the story was based on truth and I think that made it all the more intriguing. JD Wallace definitely knows how to write a gripping thriller and I have to say that, long book though it was, I couldn’t put it down. It is clear that a great deal of work has been put into this, a lot of homework, and the result is a thriller that twists and turns like the main characters on a Parkour course, all leading to one stunning ending. I loved the book, loved the story and the way it was written, and the characters were engaging. I found that the explanation of the acronyms was a little off-putting. Perhaps a glossary at the front or back of the book may have been better. But, it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story and I look forward to reading more in this series.