P. A. DePaul
January 31, 2024

. A. DePaul is a Publishers Weekly Bestselling and award-winning author.

Her books are full of action, suspense, and romance.

As a hybrid author, she has books traditionally and independently published. Her traditional publishers include Berkley, a Penguin Random House imprint, and Harlequin Books.

Interview by Elise Cooper

Q: Can you give us an insight into the nature and operations of the Delta Squad team?
P. A. DePaul: They are a team who takes black ops missions for a profit but the company contracts mainly with the government. They all are “good guys” who take missions that must be stopped at all costs. They are a team where each has a specialty.

Q: Could you share more about Captain Jeremy Malone’s character and his role in the team?
P. A. DePaul: Guilt-ridden, someone who takes charge and is level-headed. He likes to strategize and thinks on his feet. He feels like he had to take care of those he considers family at all costs.

Q: How would you describe Michelle’s character and her journey in the story?
P. A. DePaul: Out for revenge with some vengeance. She has PTSD, with some anger, sadness, and guilt. She hopes to move on with her life but is not sure how considering so much was taken from her by the Cartel. Even being put in witness protection took a part of her life because she cannot see her parents. Now she is caught up in this murder investigation so even her integrity is taken.

Q: Can you elaborate on the dynamics of the relationship between Michelle and Captain Malone?
P. A. DePaul: She does not want to be pitied by him. Because he is working through his own issues it appears he is trying to avoid her. He gives weak excuses because he feels she can lead a better life than he can offer her. She knows in her gut he is her “other half.” Michelle is trying to convince him along with the rest of the team to give the relationship a chance.

Q: What was the reason behind naming a team member ISIS, considering its other associations?
P. A. DePaul: ISIS represents an Egyptian Goddess with the attitude and power. I did worry that people would think of the terrorist group. The word has been hijacked by the terrorist group.

Q: What can readers expect in the upcoming books of the series?
P. A. DePaul: There is a novella, Code of Conduct, that just came out this January focusing on Ted, the computer genius of the team. The full-length book comes out in April of this year, featuring Romeo and Magician from the team. The plot focuses on a mission that started in the first book and turned bad. Magician went undercover, taken by a trafficking ring.

Review by Elise Cooper

Shadow of Doubt by P. A. DePaul focuses on a black ops group.  These ex-military operatives are now like family.  This book has action and adventure, with twists and turns, betrayals, and danger at every corner.

This thriller has a prologue where Green Beret Captain Jeremy Malone rescued Michelle, a college student, six years ago, from a cartel kidnapping. Now Michelle is part of witness protection to protect her from the cartel who suspected her of being a spy.

Michelle must overcome her fragility after the kidnapping because she has suffered a very tough journey. Anyone who has been following the hostage crisis of October 7th can relate to what Michelle went through, just replace Hamas with the cartel.  They played sick games with her such as who can hurt her more, raped her, tortured her, were sadistic, and created triggers for her.

Fast-forward six years where Michelle is seen on footage leaving the crime scene of a Senator’s son who was murdered.  The Senator who works with the Delta Squad team asks them to find the killer. Because she is a suspect their first move is to find her. After believing she is innocent Jeremy’s focus is to keep her safe and find the real killers. Michelle and the team must maneuver those who want her dead.

The suspense in the story is off the charts with fast-paced action and some romance. 

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