Tale of the Tape Published by South Carolina Author

  • Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A new action-adventure novel, “Tale of the Tape: Two Unlikely Heroes Take Down the Dixie Mafia,” has been released by first-time fiction author Alan Ables.

“I’ve been an avid reader of action-adventure novels. I’m offering readers a different approach, one I hope will be even more engaging and entertaining: My heroes are not spies, special agents or powerful players, but rather ordinary individuals who’re drawn into the action quite by circumstance beyond their control,” said Ables, a career naval officer and speechwriter.

“I hope readers will enjoy and identify with how my heroes deal with the situations they never anticipated or sought. The action is played out in the 1980s, when the Dixie Mafia was at the zenith of its power; its tentacles spreading from New Orleans to State Department bureaucrats, Colombian drug cartels and around the world to the men just beginning to invent modern terrorism and trade in nuclear material that today’s headlines are only now beginning to explore,” Ables added.

“Tale of the Tape” takes historical events – CIA-sanctioned drugs-for-guns trade in Central America, a Soviet “sailor” returned by U.S. authorities to the ship from which he had just escaped and intrigue behind the 1988 Republican convention in New Orleans – and embarks on a riveting adventure. From New Orleans to Washington, D.C., South America to Alaska, Tale of the Tape reveals that power-hungry decade.

“I’ve written a story about betrayal and redemption, honor and disgrace, even an unusual romance. It is a story of men who would do anything for power and prestige, and it is the story of the two unlikely heroes who took them down. I hope readers enjoy this fanciful fiction,” Ables said.

Published by Outskirts Press of Denver, Colorado, Tale of the Tape is available online at outskirtspress.com/taleofthetape/, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Electronic editions are also available.

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