Sheepdogs by Al Billings

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What if your 17 year old Granddaughter had just graduated from high school and she was kidnapped. You begged for help form the authorities and they gave nothing but excuses. What would you do?
Noted for tourism and a booming economy, the once-prosperous and carefree border town welcomed visitors for cheap beer, loud music and good food. Yet Nuevo Laredo exists today as a security nightmare, home to heartbreaking drug violence and lost lives. “Silver or Lead” is the new code in Mexico: Pay up or die.

The killings began at a rate of about two a week, but the pace over the last decade has increased to something closer to two per day. Dozens, if not hundreds, of people have been kidnapped, many tortured or killed outright. Bodies disappear into vats of acid or improvised incinerators.
Frustrated at every turn by political posturing of bureaucrats, both in Washington, D.C. and in Mexico, Jerrod and his friend trace the hostages’ location. The hardened veteran drafts his wartime brothers to execute his plan; they must not only rescue the teens, but also minimize their own profiles. The mission is unauthorized by any government, and one mistake could result in prison, or death.
Beaten and almost killed as he tries to find the girls, Jerrod has to decide if the mission is worth the lives of his friends. They were once soldiers, young men with high ideals that were stripped raw by the horrors of war. Will they be willing to risk everything again?
As the rescue unfolds, Jerrod discovers that government agents have been playing both sides, reaping substantial profit from the drug trade they supposedly battle. Jerrod is unwillingly pulled further into the nightmare. Will he be able to expose the corrupt agents before it is too late?

About Al Billings

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During his distinguished 22 year naval career, Commander Billings was a combat decorated pilot and has qualified in more than 20 different aircraft.  He rose from the enlisted ranks to command the Navy’s oldest combat search and rescue squadron, Helicopter Combat Support Squadron One (HC-1). He completed four tours in support of the Vietnam War, and served as Air Boss onboard the USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) and was a member of the Navy’s only helicopter attack squadron, Helicopter Light Attack squadron Three (HA(L)-3).  The Seawolves were the Navy’s most decorated squadron of the Vietnam era. Commander Billings was awarded more the 40 medals and citations for his service to his country, including the Silver Star, for an unprecedented rescue of two seriously wounded sailors under hostile fire.  He was also awarded the distinguished Flying Cross for launching single ship into a moonless night against squadron policy to save a SEAL Team that was pinned down with three wounded.   Commander Billings holds a master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and undergraduate degree from the University of West Florida.  As a computer systems engineer/program manager he has invented, designed, and built ground support hardware and software for combat aircraft that were used in Desert Storm.   Commander Billings served as the Director of Information Technology for the South Carolina Department of Public Safety. During his service to the state, he initiated and implemented the largest successful systems integration project ever completed, “Project Phoenix”. Making the South Carolina DMV one of the most modern in the Nation.   As an author he received a five star review for his memoirs “Seawolf 28”.  His second book “SHEEPDOGS” soon to be released is a thriller developed from over two years of research on gang and terrorist activities along our Southern borders.
Published November 25, 2009 by AuthorHouse. 364 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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