Tom Straw, in conversation with Ken Levine, discusses The Accidental Joe: The Top-Secret Life of a Celebrity Chef

Tom Straw

When the CIA approaches celebrity chef Sebastian Pike about using his award-winning food and culture travel show as cover for espionage, the outspoken bad-boy host says no. When they point out how roaming the globe interviewing foodies, heads of state, rock stars, journalists-in-exile, poets, subversives, supermodels--even the pope--gives him perfect cover, Pike smiles and says, "F@#! no."

They push. Promising it's only one mission. Vowing he won't be in danger. Calling him the MVB: Most Valuable Bystander. They'd embed their top agent in his crew to do the spy work.

It's still no. But when they hit him with the patriotism card, he weakens. And when romantic sparks crackle between him and the female agent, Pike's all in, kicking off a romantic spy thriller in which the globetrotting celebrity chef uses his TV series to help sneak Putin's accountant out of Russia before he's exposed as a mole for US intelligence.

The high-stakes mission quickly puts Pike in harm's way. So much for MVB. There's danger, there's double dealing, there's torture, there's shooting with real bullets. Plus, a minefield of complications from the hot romance that grows between Pike and his gutsy CIA handler-producer, Cammie Nova.

From Paris to Provence, this chef is no bystander. Beyond their attraction, Pike and Nova become an operational team, not only to survive the perils they face but to pull off an operation fraught with one twist after another, capped by a shocking, emotional climax. (Regalo Press)

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Published: Regalo Press - May 14th, 2024