Hello, all! Welcome to the next stop on the Smoke & Mirrors blog tour, celebrating the release of the 7th book in the THIRDS series. In Against the Grain we were introduced to the Therian Intelligence Network or TIN, the Therian equivalent of the CIA. Throughout books 5 and 6, TIN is still a bit of a mystery. We’ve been introduced to some key players, but they’re still very much in the shadows. We don’t know who they are, what they do, or if they pose a threat to our Destructive Delta crew.
In Smoke & Mirrors TIN plays a much bigger role, and we get to see more of them and their operatives. By now we’ve learned that TIN operatives are often referred to as TIN Men, nicknamed after the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz because he had no heart, and TIN Men are rumored to be heartless. They’re known for doing whatever is necessary to get the job done. Although this may be true at times, there’s also a great deal of myth surrounding them. These guys are the best of the best. No one sees them coning until it’s too late, and sometimes they’re not seen at all.
Their signature wardrobe is a black suit, white shirt, and a specific color tie. No two TIN operatives wear the same color tie. When hired, each operative selects a hue, and the hex number is how they’re identified in all communications. No names are used in any documentation. Aliases and legends are often assumed during missions or covert operations. Only the most skilled Therians are recruited, and once training is complete, a TIN operative is highly trained, skilled, and deadly.
TIN might consist of purely Therian operatives, but they do possess Human assets. When a TIN operative is brought on board, they are required to have a ready team of assets in place, and as they take on assignments, build their list of reliable associates. But just who are TIN, and what do they do? Much like the Human CIA, TIN deals with national security, some domestic, but mostly foreign intelligence, usually concerning Therians. With the dawn of Therians, came those looking to exploit and abuse their power. TIN and the Human CIA work toward a world where no one side achieves complete control over the other. A never ending war most often unseen by civilians.
Life for Dexter J. Daley has never been easy, but he’s always found a way to pick himself back up with a smile on his face. Taken from his home, and the arms of his boyfriend and THIRDS partner, Sloane Brodie, Dex finds himself in a situation as mysterious and lethal as the Therian interrogating him. Dex learns what he’s secretly believed all along: his parents’ death wasn’t an accident.
Discovering the whole truth about John and Gina Daley’s homicide sets off a series of events that will change Dex and Sloane’s lives forever. As buried secrets rise to the surface and new truths are revealed, Dex and Sloane’s love for each other is put to the test, with more than their relationship on the line. If traversing the waters of murder and secret government agencies wasn’t enough, something inexplicable has been happening to Dex—and nothing will ever be the same.
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