THE ROMEO: A LEVI HART THRILLER by Richard Craig Anderson, Feature
THE ROMEO: A LEVI HART THRILLER by Richard Craig Anderson, Feature
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The Big Thrill Discusses THE ROMEO: A LEVI HART THRILLER with Richard Craig Anderson

Book Cover: THE ROMEO: A LEVI HART THRILLERHow far will a man go to protect the people he loves? Harvard student Kid Bailey is about to find out after rogue anarchists prepare a global cyberattack that’ll neutralize electricity worldwide. Worse still, by adding AI to the scheme, these terrorists will shove humanity back into the Middle Ages.

To stop them, elite operatives send an unlikely hero — Kid Bailey — a gay-friendly former model who loves his wife and children, thinks like a PhD but can win a bar fight, while smoothly navigating diverse cultures. It’s why his handlers groomed him to become a Romeo agent.

Despite his blazing intellect, Kid makes little progress before vowing to do whatever it takes in a job where rules don’t apply. But just as he goes full-throttle, a murderous thug forces Kid into a fight for his life.

Now running out of time and with the terrorists about to commence their attack, Kid finally gets a much-needed foothold to avert global disaster, only to come face-to-face with a shocking revelation — one that might stop him dead before the lights go out.

Richard Craig Anderson recently sat down with The Big Thrill to discuss his latest adventure thriller, THE ROMEO: A LEVI HART THRILLER.

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Richard Craig Anderson

Can you pinpoint a moment or incident that sparked the idea for this book?

I only needed to absorb current events and social changes to imagine the plot and its characters. But then I relied on personal relationships, experiences, and the several “Oh, hell” experiences that we all encounter.

A novel is such a major undertaking; there’s the writing of it, of course, then you’re spending months and months revising, polishing, and then promoting it. How did you know this was the book you wanted to spend the next couple of years on?

I knew it was right based upon current events.

Were there any particular books, movies, or songs that were knocking around in your head while you were writing this one?

Hans Zimmer’s “Chevaliers De Sagreal” from the motion picture, “The Da Vinci Code” inspired me throughout.

When you first created your protagonist for this book, did you see an empty space in crime lit that you wanted to fill? What can you share about the inspiration for that character?

I asked myself, “how far will a man go to protect the people he loves,” and added the notion of a young man with an inherent sense of patriotism who can also smoothly navigate diverse cultures.

In addition to a great read, what do you hope readers will take away from this story?

Love, combined with sacrificing your own needs, should be what drives us.

What can you share about what you’re working on next?

I have in my mind a sequel to THE ROMEO.


Richard Craig Anderson started out as a fire fighter in 1971, became a highly decorated Maryland State Police trooper, and went on to accept a position as a counter-terrorist operative. An accomplished aviator, world-class scuba diver and global traveler, Rick has enjoyed a life well lived thanks to the relationships and friendships he’s forged along the way.