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A Department of Homeland Security intelligence team has identified a new, incredibly dangerous terrorist cabal. It’s the most serious domestic threat to national security the U.S. has faced since nine-eleven. In the past decade, it has killed more Americans than al Qaeda murdered on that modern day of infamy.

These terrorists are deeply entrenched in our society. They look like us, talk like us, live in our neighborhoods and, for the most part, pass for respected citizens. But they are killing hundreds of Americans throughout this great country—and becoming more powerful every day.

Their code name is INDIGO.

Checkmate, a covert counterterrorism team, has the advanced-technology weapons and agents to neutralize INDIGO, but very little time to do so. If Checkmate fails, America will erupt in armed rebellion…and may not survive.

THE PERMIT  is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and iTunes.


“With ‘The Permit,’ Scott has taken personal tragedy and fashioned it into a work of art. He has expertly woven a complex story of intrigue into the thinly veiled account of his son, Erik’s, 2010 Las Vegas ‘murder by cop.’ A heartbreaking tale, you can feel the love between the lines, but Scott never overdoes it with sentimentality, instead taking revenge by writing against the terrible injustices that befell his family. I…am awed that he was able to turn tragedy into triumph, which is just another example of his skill as a writer. A real page-turner.” – Cathy Brown, Brooklyn, NY

“An important, real-time story written by an excellent writer. The author’s ability to retain your attention and convey the circumstances through well-chosen words is superb. Recommend this easy read to all. It was hard to put this book down. The issues are relevant to the gun discussions today and our changing societal values.” – James M. Stewart


William B. Scott is a full-time author and member of International Thriller Writers. A former flight test engineer and aerospace journalist, he retired as the Rocky Mountain Bureau Chief for Aviation Week & Space Technology, following a 22-year career with the international magazine. In 35 years of military and civilian flight testing, plus evaluating aircraft for Aviation Week, he logged approximately 2,000 flight hours on 80 aircraft types.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, and is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School. He now lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, writing the “Fiction-as-a-Legal-Weapon” series of techno-thrillers based on a premise established in “The Permit.”