The Permit

When Las Vegas cops gun down a covert federal agent, they become targets for Checkmate, a black ops team of assassins charged with neutralizing terrorists. Checkmate's deadly message to outlaw killer-cops is: "You kill, you lie, you die." (Based on an actual event—the author's son being murdered by Las Vegas police officers.) More

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About William B. Scott

William B. Scott is a full-time author and consultant. He retired as the Rocky Mountain Bureau Chief for Aviation Week & Space Technology, following a 22-year career with the international magazine. He also served as Senior National Editor in Washington, and in Avionics and Senior Engineering Editor positions in Los Angeles. He covered advanced aerospace and weapons technology, business, flight testing and military operations, wrote more than 2,500 stories for the magazine, and received 17 editorial awards. To date, he’s coauthored three books: Space Wars: The First Six Hours of World War III (fiction - 2007, 2008, 2010); Inside the Stealth Bomber: The B-2 Story (nonfiction - 1991), and a Space Wars sequel, entitled Counterspace: The Next Hours of World War III, released in October 2009.

Bill is a Flight Test Engineer (FTE) graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School and a licensed commercial pilot with instrument and multi-engine ratings. In 12 years of military and civilian flight testing, plus evaluating aircraft for Aviation Week over 22 years, he’s logged approximately 2,000 hours of flight time on 80 aircraft types. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University-Sacramento.

During a nine-year Air Force career, Bill served as aircrew on classified airborne-sampling missions, collecting nuclear debris by flying through radioactive clouds; an electronics engineering officer at the National Security Agency, developing space communications security systems for satellites; and an instrumentation and flight test engineer on U.S. Air Force fighter and transport aircraft development programs. He also served as a civilian FTE/program manager for three aerospace companies: General Dynamics (F-16 Full Scale Development), Falcon Jet Corp. (Coast Guard HU-25A development and certification), and Tracor Flight Systems Inc. (Canadair Challenger development and certification, plus numerous fighter, transport and helicopter test programs).

Bill and his wife, Linda, live in Colorado Springs. They have two grown sons, Erik and Kevin. Unfortunately, Erik was killed in July 2010, a tragedy that has significantly altered Bill’s writing plans and career.

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The Permit: A Techno-Thriller Based on Actual Events
When domestic terrorists—codenamed INDIGO—gun down a high-value, covert federal agent, they incur the wrath of Checkmate, a black-ops team of assassins that employs fear-inspiring, high-tech weapons to kill sleeper-cell terrorists. Checkmate agents take out INDIGO killers, sending an unequivocal message to Las Vegas billionaires and corrupt public officials: "You kill, you lie, you die."

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