Dale Amidei


Dale Amidei lives and writes on the wind- and snow-swept Northern Plains of South Dakota. Novels about people and the perspectives that guide their decisions are the result. It features faith-based themes set in the real world, which is occasionally profane or violent. His characters are realistically portrayed as caught between heaven and earth, not always what they should be, nor what they used to be. In this way they are like all of us. As Dale says:

"A novel begins with having something to say. Everything that comes next, developing the characters, the plot, the first draft, the editing, the polishing, all follow this. First have something to say, and then start writing."

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The Yemeni Package
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,020. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
On loan to a beautiful and deadly CIA operative and tasked with retrieving a known terrorist, USAF Special Operator Daniel Sean Ritter must determine whether his government intends for him to succeed.
Meat for the Lion
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,470. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Complications arising out of Boone's covert history interfere with her attempt to start a new life.
King of a Lesser Hill
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,490. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
In 1995 Bosnia and Herzegovina, AFSOC assets seek a downed USAF pilot also pursued by a ruthless Serbian commander.
One Last Scent of Jasmine
Series: Boone's File. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,360. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Executive branch ambitions to assimilate a private intelligence firm suspend Boone Hildebrandt between conflicting loyalties.
The Bonus Pool
Series: Boone's File. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,580. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Following the successful extraction of a Chinese dissident, a campaign of ruthless elimination targets Western intelligence assets.
Romeo Down: A Short Story
Series: Sean's File. Price: Free! Words: 8,040. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A stranded pilot necessitates a Desert Storm rescue operation.
Absinthe and Chocolate
Series: Boone's File, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,520. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
The only hope toward preserving the life of a private intelligence director is the lone female operative assigned to safeguard his many secrets.
Operation Naji
Series: Sean's File, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,440. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political
In the prequel to "The Anvil of the Craftsman," a covert team in 1994 Iraq attempts to locate an American pilot missing in action since the first Persian Gulf War.
Killing Doctor Jon
Series: Jon's Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,480. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Christian » Suspense
Jon Anthony’s unwilling celebrity and outspoken personal beliefs continue to outrage his enemies at home and abroad. Pursuant to a fatwa against Anthony, Islamists leverage the fortune of an Oil Minister in a bid to avenge what they perceive to be an outrage against the true faith.
The Britteridge Heresy
Series: Jon's Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,700. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Two years after the events in "The Anvil of the Craftsman," team members from an initiative to Al Anbar Province find themselves targeted by a vengeful terrorist.
The Anvil of the Craftsman
Series: Jon's Trilogy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 97,120. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political
A doctoral candidate in Theological Studies accepts recruitment by a friend in the US State Department for an initiative to the most troublesome province in 2006 Iraq.

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  • Malavita: A Mafia Romance (Blood and Honor, Prequel) on March 06, 2014

    This tale of vengeance tinged with romantic suspense surprised me with its intensity. Dana Delamar presents a story of a man driven by grief to embrace a life he tried to avoid, and a young woman who must overcome her fears if she is to achieve a peace that seems destined to elude their warring families. A novel of love and the burdens of honor set in a reality of ruthless violence, Malavita masterfully depicts characters challenged with tracing a path obscured by passions, pain and rage, and at its end leaves one wondering what lies ahead. The author used words to paint her story as brush strokes from an artist. Brava, signora.
  • The Auction Trilogy: a Romance on Nov. 06, 2014

    I was privileged to receive an advance reading copy of “The Auction” to review. Even more than is reflected in its rating, which earned an easy five stars, this is a very special novel. Easily twice to three times the length of a typical example in its genre, Erishkigal’s initial foray into Sweet Romance avoids becoming ponderous. Rather, the richness of the experience, with masterful description, setting, and characterization, becomes luxuriant … the literary equivalent of a soaking bath with bubbles and candles. The story of Adam Bristow, his daughter Pippa, and incoming tutor Rosie Xalbadora invokes shadows of Jane Eyre, with Erishkigal’s flair for complex story line and a rich supporting structure of subplot. Emotions encountered along the way are evoked honestly and diverse, as in the best and worst of what one experiences when outside the pages of such a masterfully crafted tale. This is the story of a father, Adam, who will endure what he must for the sake of his daughter. Pippin, who escapes in fantasy as she can, is transfixed in a bitter custody dispute. Rosie finds herself thrust into their conflicts and hopes while she deals with managing her own, forced to remain at a distance under the roof of a man to whom she is increasingly attracted. Every character is distinct, emotive, and artfully presented. Instead of reading this novel, one experiences it from beginning to end, hanging on through wave after wave in an eddying current that builds to the roil of a tempest and from there to a perfect storm of emotion. “The Auction” is satisfying, inspiring, heart-rending, and epic. You should grant yourself the pleasure of this read as a standard of comparison once you unwillingly reach “The End.”
  • An Eternity of Roses (The Valthreans: Book 1) on March 27, 2015

    In a magnificent accident, I was privileged to receive a copy of “An Eternity of Roses” for review. This work, weaved in rich, lyrical language, is meant to be savored in dark, quiet evenings beside a fire. Wrap yourself in the warmth of a favored comforter and be immersed in a story you will not want to rush. We meet Emmaline and Adrian at the threshold of a life they breathlessly anticipate living together, until fate and the schemes of an immortal separate them. Inducted into an existence neither of them pursued, and with Adrian's memories seemingly lost, we watch as Emma's search for the only man who can hold her heart spans centuries. Emma and Adam, as they become, face adversaries mortal and otherwise, each with an agenda. It is a world where sides are chosen, loyalties drawn, and consequences draw their due. The result is entirely worthwhile. The writing is gifted, the editing pure prowess, and the presentation unfolds without a hitch. There are intimate scenes explicit enough to avoid if one is disturbed by an author who does not close the door, but there as well emotion rather than lust predominates. There is a theme of love in this novel as being a gift given or received, rather than a treasure to steal or covet. A magic there surpasses the greed, hate, and covetousness of those who do not understand true power ... and that portrayal, I believe, was the author's intention from the start. Do yourself the service of reading this novel. Experience a work of true talent in storytelling and wordcraft.
  • The Watchmaker (A Novelette) on March 06, 2016

    In 'The Watchmaker,' Anna Erishkigal weaves a poignant short read around a theme from Norse mythology. Time is a gift, and sometimes, a last chance. A young woman named Marae uses both well here, but you should discover the details for yourself. I thoroughly enjoyed this story.