Perfect Shot: A THRILLER

A former Army sniper must fall back on her Special Ops skills when a friend’s death leads to the discovery of a global nuclear threat in this electrifying new series featuring Special Agent Alexandra Martel.

Special Agent Alexandra Martel has put her days on the battlefield behind her. Charming and disarming, relentless and lethal, she earned a reputation as one of the most renowned and decorated Army snipers in the service before stepping away. But when Alex, now an FBI special agent on loan to Interpol, learns that an old friend, an MI5 officer, has been killed under mysterious circumstances, she’s pulled back into the dangerous world she left behind: a world where some people fear her, some want to recruit her, and everyone seems to want her dead.

Following a trail of clues left behind by the dead woman, Alex pieces together a terrifying conspiracy that only escalates when a nuclear warhead goes missing. Dodging death at every turn, she reluctantly joins forces with a CIA agent, but he has plans of his own for her—and will stop at nothing to achieve them.

Chasing the truth through the streets of London and bustling Turkish markets to the underbelly of Paris, Alex is unrelenting in her pursuit of justice. But as the clock ticks down and the world edges closer to doom, she must fall back on her Special Ops skills to stop the unthinkable. She thought her life as a sniper was behind her— but with stakes this high, she might be the only person with the perfect shot to render the world safe.

Book Deal Report

As reported in Publishers Marketplace, Minotaur Books will publish my debut novel PERFECT SHOT (acquired as RENDER SAFE) in 2023 and a follow-up novel in the Alexandra Martel thriller series in 2024. More publication information will follow.

To say I’m excited would be a terrible understatement. Minotaur is home to so many great authors — Louise Penny, Gregg Hurwitz, Jennifer Hillier, C.J. Box, Hannah Morrissey, Stacy Willingham, and the list goes on and on! — so I’m excited and grateful to be welcomed into the Minotaur Books & St. Martin’s Press family!

“PERFECT SHOT is a stunning debut heralding an extraordinary new character and series. Alex Martel is a kick-ass special agent in an action-packed, on-the-edge-of-your-seat espionage thriller with a jaw-dropping finish. Steve Urszenyi writes with an insider’s expertise about things that keep our intelligence services awake at night!”

Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author of the Charles Jenkins Espionage Series.

Early Reactions to PERFECT SHOT

“Gripping and on target, PERFECT SHOT hits with maximum impact. Steve Urszenyi’s debut thriller never lets up from the first page to the last. Read it today!”

“Steve Urszenyi’s powerful debut, PERFECT SHOT, starts fast and finishes faster. Full of high-octane thrills and intricate details that bristle with authenticity, PERFECT SHOT is the must-read first glimpse into what is certain to be a long and successful series of brilliant Alex Martel novels.”

“A tour de force! With PERFECT SHOT, Steve Urszenyi pulls no punches. The detail-focused writing and heart-pounding plot line make this masterfully crafted debut a riveting read. Brace yourself for an unforgettable bull ride.”

“A highly accomplished debut — the most gripping opening chapters to a novel I’ve read in a very long time. You have to read on…”

“Packed with relentless action, nail-biting tension, and unforgettable characters, PERFECT SHOT delivers on so many levels. Clear your schedule and dig in, because Alex Martel is bound to be one of your new favorite protagonists.”

“PERFECT SHOT is a stunning debut heralding an extraordinary new character and series. Alex Martel is a kick-ass special agent in an action-packed, on-the-edge-of-your-seat espionage thriller with a jaw-dropping finish. Steve Urszenyi writes with an insider’s expertise about things that keep our intelligence services awake at night!”

“PERFECT SHOT is a cracker-jack debut novel! A compelling plot and richly drawn characters pull readers in from the very first paragraph and keep the pages flying by. Looking forward to more of Alexandra Martel!”

“A tour de force! With PERFECT SHOT, Steve Urszenyi pulls no punches. The detail-focused writing and heart-pounding plot line make this masterfully crafted debut a riveting read. Brace yourself for an unforgettable bull ride.”

“A highly accomplished debut — the most gripping opening chapters to a novel I’ve read in a very long time. You have to read on…”

“Packed with relentless action, nail-biting tension, and unforgettable characters, PERFECT SHOT delivers on so many levels. Clear your schedule and dig in, because Alex Martel is bound to be one of your new favorite protagonists.”

“PERFECT SHOT is a stunning debut heralding an extraordinary new character and series. Alex Martel is a kick-ass special agent in an action-packed, on-the-edge-of-your-seat espionage thriller with a jaw-dropping finish. Steve Urszenyi writes with an insider’s expertise about things that keep our intelligence services awake at night!”

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