Seth Walker Novels
Growing up as a Navy brat with a unique brain condition, Seth Walker always felt like an outsider, even when successfully climbing the corporate ladder in his first career as an electrical engineer. Once he became a federal air marshal, Walker flew alone, nothing to trust beyond his own ingenuity and the Sig Sauer 229 on his hip. Now relegated to a new role as an airborne investigator after his covert status was compromised, he must map out an uncertain future even as his cases force him to confront the dark reasons he abandoned his former life.
A cakewalk. That’s what air marshal Seth Walker’s boss calls Seth’s first assignment back on the job.
In his new role as “investigator/liaison to law enforcement,” Seth will simply retrieve teen singing sensation (and renowned diva) Max Magic from the FBI at JFK, baby-sit her on a cross-country hop, and return her to the Bureau at LAX. It’s precisely the kind of routine flight Seth’s taken hundreds, if not thousands, of times. And routine is good: still reeling from a case that nearly killed him, Seth’s not sure he’s ready for much more.
Other than the pop princess’s salty attitude, the trip goes smoothly. Until an SUV full of strangely tattooed gunmen pulls up at the curb and unleashes a barrage of machine-gun fire, decimating the FBI detail and sending Seth and Max running for their lives.
When a second attack strikes their hiding place that night, a wounded Seth realizes that Max and he have been betrayed and must TAKE OFF.
But how do you safeguard a star who’s recognized by millions yet unwilling to protect herself? Unable to trust his federal colleagues, Seth must keep Max moving while working to identify the mysterious enemy targeting them. As they race to remain one step ahead of their pursuers, the key to it all—and biggest danger to them both—might just be the dark secrets Max herself is keeping.
Praise for Takeoff
“Joseph Reid’s novel Takeoff is aptly named. This fast-paced novel takes off with a bang, and only gains speed from there. Reid writes like a seasoned pro, and yet this is his first novel. I am looking forward to more.”
—Alan Russell, bestselling author of Burning Man
“Takeoff is a blast. From the first explosive scene to the last page, this story pins you to your seat and never lets you go. Seth Walker, the hero of this riveting tale, is a man worthy of many books.”
—James W. Hall, Shamus and Edgar Award–winning author
“Fast paced and adrenaline filled, Takeoff is a wild ride that never lets up for a single moment. A thrilling debut by a terrific new storyteller.”
—Chad Zunker, Kindle bestselling author of The Tracker
“Joseph Reid is a blazing new talent in the action-thriller arena. Takeoff does exactly that from page one, and it doesn’t land until the end. You’ll be breathless!”
—Raymond Benson, bestselling author of In the Hush of the Night