Announcing: THE BARTER – A Political Thriller

Book Cover The Barter Beginning where A Well-Regulated Vengeance ended, my fourth futuristic political thriller, The Barter, is now available at, both in print and as a Kindle ebook. 

Based upon real-life events that are now in play, this story takes the reader five years into the future, where America’s very sovereignty goes up for trade, to alleviate our crushing foreign-held debt – and presents the unthinkable nightmare endured by one family, trying to survive through the financial, civilizational collapse of an entire nation. 

Once you begin reading, you’ll find it difficult to stop – until the end. 

The Kindle version is here:

The print version is here:

About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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4 Responses to Announcing: THE BARTER – A Political Thriller

  1. Jason Adams says:

    “The Barter” sounds like a great book, I might have to look in to it next. I’m reading “Publics: Libertas Aut Mors” by Baltazar Bolado,, right now and it’s a great read. Thrillers are the one genre I could read all the time, so I’ll definitely be looking in to this book. Thanks for the suggestion.

    • Missy Jacobs says:

      Jason, I had never heard of the book you suggested but went to look for it on Amazon; I must say it sounds great and I think I’m going to pick it up. I just wanted to let you know though that the title is actually “Publius: Libertas Aut Mors”. It took me a few minutes to find it, so just FYI! Thanks again!

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