By Cym Lowell
Dangerous Desires is the second in Dee Davis’s series of A-Tac adventures. A-Tac is the American Tactical Intelligence Command, an elite CIA unit masquerading as faculty at an Ivy League college. Brilliant, badass, and seemingly bulletproof, the members of A-Tac are assigned to the riskiest missions and the most elusive targets.
Dangerous Desires is the story of extraction expert Drake Flynn. Flynn knows how to survive behind enemy lines. But he’s about to meet one adversary he can’t subdue . . . or resist.
Stranded in the Colombian jungle after a mission goes bad, Drake has only one objective: evade the mercenaries hot on his trail and deliver “the package” to U.S. officials. But “the package” has a mind of her own, and she has no intention of trading one set of captors for another.
In our discussion, Dee was charming while talking about her feelings about writing, favorite writers, and her characters.
What is exciting for you?
Anything new. I love adventure. I think in life, you make your own excitement and if I have a wish it’s that I’ll always be able to do that.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what one book would you like to have with you and why?
My choice would be A Wrinkle in Time, my favorite book from childhood because every time I read it, I see things from a slightly different perspective and, therefore, gain new insight into the story and its characters. It’s always a little different -offering me something fresh. To me that’s what great writing is all about.
Who is your favorite thriller character in the genre?
Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne. And I say that meaning the character Ludlum wrote, not the Matt Damon version. I also adored Alistair McLean, Helen McGuinnes, Michael Crichton, Robin Cook, Vince Vaughn, Steve Berry, Mariah Stewart, Suzanne Brockman, and Linda Howard. I do so love to read!
If you were stranded on a desert island, what 1 character from your book would you like to keep you company & why?
To by honest most of the characters I write have something in common with me since they all in essence come from me. Even the antagonists. Dark Deceptions is no exception. I’d probably choose the hero, Drake Flynn, who is good at surviving. I’d certainly have a much easier time of it on the island.
Where does the background idea for Dangerous Desires come from?
I have always loved run for your life romantic adventures–King Solomon’s Mines, The African Queen, Logan’s Run, Romancing the Stone, The Island and Lost to name a few. So when I began to conceptualize a story for Drake Flynn, it seemed natural that he’d find himself in the middle of the jungles of Colombia. After all, he’s an archeologist, when not out fighting the bad guys, and some of the most amazing antiquities in the world are hidden deep in the rainforests of South America. And since Madeline Reynard , the heroine, was involved with a drug dealer turned arms trader, it was also easy to see her living amidst the rugged beauty of the high Andes.
Dee Davis is the author of eighteen books and three novellas, including the A-Tac series. The third in the A-Tac series will be out in August and two more in 2011 and 2012. Visit Dee at www.deedavis.com