Lake Ariel author Cole Alpaugh will read from his latest novel during a book launch event at the Community Library of Lake and Salem Townships in Hamlin.
The event will be on Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. Alpaugh's new offering, The Spy's Little Zonbi (Coffeetown Press), is a timely story of international espionage with a twist of dark humor.
His previous works, The Bear in a Muddy Tutu (Camel Press/2011) and The Turtle-Girl from East Pukapuka (Coffeetown Press/2012), are currently available in over 1,500 libraries in eight countries.
Alpaugh's debut novel made bestseller lists in Canada, while his second was a finalist for two national book-of-the-year awards.
"Everyone at Coffeetown Press is very excited about Cole's latest novel, The Spy's Little Zonbi," said Catherine Treadgold, publisher of Coffeetown Press and Camel Press, in Seattle, Wash. "There aren't many writers with the kind of distinctive voice that gives them a shot at the big time. We believe Cole is one of those writers."
The book opens in Haiti, where Chase Allen is a student on a college-sponsored aid program. Chase Allen never intended to be a killer, even for the good guys, but after he is recruited as a secret agent, terminating dictators and jihadists is all in a day's work.
He marries a dark beauty and they have a child, his "Little Zonbi," who means everything to him. Now that his priorities have shifted, Chase strives for normalcy.
But it isn't easy for a spy
to escape his past.
"It was fun story to write because of the people and settings," said Alpaugh, a former journalist who spent the better part of a decade as a war correspondent for Manhattan-based news agencies. "There's a certain measure of satisfaction in turning news assignments into fiction to control the outcome. Most of the places I've worked have been very sad. Haiti, where my story begins, has had generations of brutal dictators, and just when they began to find hope, their country was devastated by an earthquake."
Page 2 of 2 - "Alpaugh's characters are flawed but likeable, his dialogue natural and often hilarious, even his villains come in shades of gray," added Treadgold.
"And you never know what anyone is going to do next. I'm not sure what more you can ask for in a novel."
The free event will be held in the library's downstairs community room, and is open to the public.
There will be a random drawing for a free Kindle ereader. Signed books will be available for purchase, with all proceeds from the evening going toward the purchase of soccer balls for a Haitian youth charity Alpaugh has been involved with for several years.
Alpaugh's books are available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and all major retailers. He can be found online at ColeAlpaugh.com.