WELCOME JOSEPH BADAL
Joseph Badal worked for thirty-eight years in the banking and financial services industries, most recently serving as a senior executive and board member of a NYSE-listed mortgage REIT. He is currently President of Joseph Badal & Associates, Inc., a management consulting firm.
Prior to his finance career, Joe served for six years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army in critical, highly classified positions in the U.S. and overseas, including tours of duty in Greece and Vietnam. He earned numerous military decorations.
He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in International Finance (Temple University) and Business Administration (University of New Mexico). He graduated from the Defense Language Institute, West Coast, and from Stanford University Law School’s Director College.
Joe serves on the boards of Sacred Wind Communications and New Mexico Mutual Insurance, and is Chairman and President of The New Mexico Small Business Investment Corporation.
Joe has had five suspense novels published, including Shell Game, which was released in 2012. His next novel, The Lone Wolf Agenda, will be released in June. He writes a blog titled Everyday Heroes. His first short story, Fire & Ice, was included in an anthology titled Uncommon Assassins, in 2012.
Joe has written dozens of articles that have been published in various business and trade journals, and is a frequent speaker at national business and writers’ events.
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Q&A with Joseph Badal
Writing and Reading:
-Do you draw from personal experiences and/or current events?
I rely heavily on both personal experience and current events in my novels. I also borrow extensively from historical events.
Personal experiences which I have inserted into my writing include the kidnapping of my 2-year-old son (Evil Deeds), service in the U.S. Army in Greece (Terror Cell), and my experience in the financial services/banking industries (Shell Game).
Current events that have been used in some of my books include the capital markets meltdown that began in 2007 and over-reaction by federal regulators (Shell Game), acts by the November 17 Terrorist Group (Terror Cell), and the acts of lone wolf terrorists in the U.S. (The Lone Wolf Agenda).
Some historical events that I have based books on have included sunken Nazi treasure (The Pythagorean Solution), kidnappings of children in Greece after WW II (Evil Deeds), terrorist acts by the November 17Group (Terror Cell), the lost quatrains of Nostradamus (The Nostradamus Secret), and intelligence community actions (The Lone Wolf Agenda).
-Do you start with the conclusion and plot in reverse or start from the beginning and see where the story line brings you?
I always begin with a kernel of an idea for a story based on some personal experience or some historic or current event and then let the characters take me for a ride. I never know how a book will end. I am amazed that I am ever able to complete a novel because I don’t find an ending until it hits me between the eyes. As I mentioned above, Evil Deeds grew out of the kidnapping of my 2-year-old son. Not only did that event lead to the writing of Evil Deeds, but it has evolved into, so far, a 4-book series.
-Your routine when writing? Any idiosyncrasies?
I usually write in the afternoon and into the early evening. I insist upon no interruptions of any kind. I guess the only idiosyncrasy I have is that when one of my novels has been through the final editing process and is in the hands of my publisher, I go into a writing dead zone where I have little interest in writing for 2-4 weeks. Then I begin to feel like a slug and jump back into writing and become a fanatic.
-Is writing your full time job? If not, may I ask what you do by day?
Writing is generally my full-time job, although I have a few consulting clients for which I provide management and financial consulting services, and I serve as a director on three boards.
-Who are some of your favorite authors?
Nelson De Mille, James Clavell, Donald Westlake, Robert Ludlum, Michael Connelly
-What are you reading now?
The Fall of Giants, by Ken Follett; Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad
-Are you working on your next novel? Can you tell us a little about it?
I am finishing a stand-alone thriller I have titled Ultimate Betrayal. The book is about a man who served in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan and who escapes death in an attack by an assassin who murders his wife and children. The protagonist must determine who orchestrated the attack and why. He finds a link back to his former unit in Afghanistan.
-Your novel will be a movie. Who would you cast?
My flip answer is “any damn actors the movie director picks is fine with me.” But if I got to pick, I would have Tom Selleck play Bob Danforth in The Lone Wolf Agenda. Eric Bana would play Michael Danforth, and Antonio Sabato, Jr. would play Carlos Garcia.
-Would you rather read or watch TV/movie?
A good book always trumps watching TV/movie.
ABOUT THE BOOK
With “The Lone Wolf Agenda,” Joseph Badal steps back into the world of international espionage and military action thrillers and crafts a story that is as close to the real world of spies and soldiers as a reader can find. This fourth book in the Danforth Saga brings Bob Danforth out of retirement to hunt down lone wolf terrorists hell bent on destroying America’s oil infrastructure. Badal weaves just enough technology into his story to wow even the most a-technical reader.
“The Lone Wolf Agenda” pairs Danforth with his son Michael, a senior DELTA Force officer, as they combat an OPEC-supported terrorist group allied with a Mexican drug cartel. This story is an epic adventure that will chill readers as they discover that nothing, no matter how diabolical, is impossible.
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Published by: Suspense Publishing
Publication Date: June 25, 2013
Number of Pages: 441
Series: 4th in the Bob & Liz Danforth series
Disclaimer: Graphic Violence
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