Sleeping Dogs: The Awakening

It is nought good a slepying hound to wake.
                          -Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde

The President of the United States has been targeted for assassination—by his own party’s power structure. A national election is pending and the killing must look as if the opposition party is responsible. Desperate to prevent the crime and avoid an overwhelming defeat, the opposition turns to the only force that can stop it this late in the game—a mysterious hunter-killer team known only as the Sleeping Dogs. This blackest of black ops units was formed to carry out the wettest, most illegal missions. But a U.S. President, fearing exposure of the unit’s existence could spark an international crisis, ordered its members terminated with extreme prejudice. They faked their deaths in a plane crash and went underground. Now, 20 years later, they are asked to leave the safety of their anonymity and risk their lives for their country one more time.

A seemingly unconnected car crash rapidly escalates into a series of plot twists and rising body count involving Russian agents, crooked politicians, Ukrainian gangsters, a billionaire international arbitrageur, a secret society of individuals in the military and intelligence communities, the CIA, a doggedly determined FBI agent, and the six deadliest men on earth—the surviving Sleeping Dogs. Sleeping Dogs: The Awakening is a techno-political spy thriller that combines relentless action, crisp dialogue, fully drawn characters, and thought provoking plot twists. It showcases some of the latest developments in technology, weaponry and genetic research. Its geopolitical intrigue and the protagonists’ ruthless defense of liberty will remind readers of the work of authors Lee Child, Brad Thor, David Baldacci and Alex Berenson, among others. Relentlessly entertaining and thought provoking, the book blends heart-stopping action with a dangerous and plausible political scenario of the country’s subversion from within.

Sleeping Dogs: The Awakening is the first book in the Sleeping Dogs series. It is available in paperback at as well as Barnes & Noble and other fine book stores. E-reader versions are available at Amazon, iBooks, Nook, Smashwords, and most online booksellers. Additional information, the initial three chapters of the novel, a short story by the author, and the author’s blog are available for reading or downloading at this website.

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SLEEPING DOGS: THE AWAKENING is a testosterone-fueled adventure that comes armed to the teeth with guns, fists and plenty of bloodshed. SLEEPING DOGS is definitely a page-turner. The author does an admirable job of painting a realistic picture of how the Sleeping Dogs team operates, including their weaponry, evasion techniques and attack scenarios. Special props to the author for noting that a silencer doesn't fully silence a gunshot (almost every show, movie and book gets this wrong).

Reviewed by Suzanne Anderson, author of Mrs. Tuesday’s Departureand God Loves You. -Chester Blue

Observation: SLEEPING DOGS reads like a novel written by a master craftsman....”

Prediction: John Wayne Falbey is going to become a familiar and widely read name in the thriller genre.”

“Best of all: SLEEPING DOGS is the first book in a trilogy, which means we have a lot to look forward to….”

Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews.

“A chance event has awakened the Dogs, the deadly killers who will do everything in their power to protect freedom. Falbey offers a bold, gritty spy thriller . . . .”

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Endangered Species

Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society.

                                                                                                   —Niccolo Machiavelli

Sleeping Dogs: Endangered Species is the second book in the Sleeping Dogs trilogy. Read the first chapter here. The book was published in installments. All installments and the full novel are available for e-reader devices such as Kindle, Nook, iPad and others, on The full novel also is available in print at, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks.

The world is descending into chaos. America is like a rudderless ship—its elected government gridlocked and ineffective. Its unprotected borders are penetrated daily by: agents of its worst enemies; drug cartels dispersing crime and addiction in its cities; and illegals carrying a variety of diseases. Unchecked deadly plagues are spreading globally. Rogue governments spit on Old Glory and defy a weakened America to stop them. Religious fanatics are dedicated to butchering all the world’s citizens who don’t convert to their beliefs. The future of America and the nations of the free world seems grim. And the worst is yet to come. A group of international power brokers is close to achieving their goal—a single world government with them running all things financial.

But appearances can be deceiving. Behind the scenes, a shadow government of old fashioned patriots is working to change the course of events. Armed with deep financial resources and critically placed in the military and intelligence communities, they just might succeed. And they have an asset no one else has: the deadliest hunter/killer special ops team—the Sleeping Dogs. But the six of them are being stalked by a mysterious, brutal killer. Book 2 in the Sleeping Dogs trilogy takes the reader all over the globe as Whelan and the Dogs fight to stop a power-mad cartel.  The Dogs are back; expect a high body count!

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The Year of the Dog

It never troubles the wolf how many the sheep may be. —Virgil

A timely and provocative heart-pounding thriller, The Year Of The Dog unleashes terrorism’s worst nightmare: the Sleeping Dogs.

It’s the Year of the Dog and China is on the offensive, solidifying its dominion throughout Asia and setting its sights on the rest of the planet. The Russian president intensifies his threat against the free peoples of Europe and beyond. Islamic terrorists continue to fan the flames of hatred and discord across the globe. The world’s baddest actors are ramping up their malevolent ambitions. And some of America’s most dangerous enemies are inside the Beltway.

Meanwhile, America’s government, like a modern Nero, fiddles away the country’s treasure, seemingly too oblivious or incompetent to recognize the threat. The patriotic shadow government known as The Society of Adam Smith doesn’t have the benefit of unlimited human and financial resources. And time is running out. But it does have the one resource that no one else has—the world’s deadliest team of hunter-killers. The problem is to get them back together. Three of the six are in various prisons. One is focused relentlessly on avenging the deaths of his wife and sons. A fifth is struggling with a mid-life crisis at the bottom of a whiskey bottle. That leaves Brendan Whelan with one of the most difficult tasks he’s ever faced—reuniting the unwilling Sleeping Dogs and stopping the Free World’s enemies from destroying it. Sit down and buckle up!

The hunter/killer Black Ops unit known as the Sleeping Dogs is back. But not all dogs make good pets—and the Hounds of Hell are about to be unleashed! Join the 1,000’s of readers who love techno-political thrillers and who are fans of those remarkable antiheroes, the Sleeping Dogs! If you enjoy mystery/espionage/political thrillers by such best-selling writers as Brad Thor, Lee Child, David Baldacci, Vince Flynn, Ben Coes, Brad Taylor, and Alex Berenson, The Year of the Dog is for you.

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The Dogs of War     

Cry 'Havoc!', and let slip the dogs of war.

—William Shakespeare, Act 3, Scene 1, Julius Caesar

They’re here. In America. Thousands of Islamic terrorists committed to a rabid jihad that ends only when they’ve butchered the last man, woman, and child. Worst of all, they have nukes. The Day of Jihad is at hand. The odds of Western civilization being snuffed out grow stronger each day.

Compounding the threat, the Chinese are solidifying their grasp throughout Asia, while behind the scenes they sponsor the Islamic terrorists. Once an ineffective and weakening America crumbles, the Chinese are ready to extend their dominion over the entire planet. The Russian president is strengthening his grip on Europe and in the Middle East. Cyberwarfare is ramping up from Beijing to Moscow to Pyongyang to Tehran. And AGU—the Alliance for Global Unity is orchestrating it all.

Only the shadow government known as the Society of Adam Smith, or SAS, may be capable of dealing with this threat. And it desperately needs the skills possessed only by that deadliest of hunter-killer teams, the Sleeping Dogs, including their newest member, an Australian. 

With his rogue brother, the monstrous Maksym, intent on killing his family, can Brendan Whelan reunite the Dogs in time?

Heart pounding, non-stop action pulls the reader around the globe from one crisis spot to the next as Western civilization faces its worst onslaught in history.

Read what other successful thriller writers are saying about Dogs of War:

 “The Dogs of War are back in this riveting, page turning adventure, reunited to battle the recent wave of terror released on the US by its Islamic, Chinese and Russian enemies. Only Brendan Whelan’s team of Sleeping Dogs, with their extraordinary talents, have the ability to defeat these impossible threats. John Wayne Falbey’s writing will not let you put down this book.”   

--Howard Giordano author of Tracking Terror and The Second Target

“A top-notch thriller – from a top-tier author”  —Karna Small Bodman, Award-winning author of Castle Bravo

John Wayne Falbey’s The Dogs of War takes us far beyond the ordinary action thriller. He asks us to consider an environment in which true heroes, however gifted—and flawed-- make the difference between the world as we know it—and hell. Think Seven Samurai. Think lots of action and fun.” —Jeffrey Bruce, author of The Strange Files

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The Quixotics

Every man is as heaven made him, and sometimes a great deal worse.

                                                                                                          -Miguel de Cervantes

The Quixotics is a very modern take on Cervantes’ classic. This time the knight-errant, a former Special Forces officer, is young and virile, rather than a spindly old daydreamer. Instead of a single Sancho Panza, there are two rather dark and menacing companions. But where the venerable nobleman was weak and frail, these three men are young, powerful, and well trained in the killing arts. There is a Dulcinea, but she is not a thick-bodied peasant woman. She’s a beautiful, fiery, Sorbonne-educated anti-Castro guerilla.

This is a coming of age tale for the Baby Boomer generation. The time is 1970 and three young men have returned from military service in Vietnam. Like other returning warriors of that era, they’ve become disenchanted with a country that no longer feels comfortable or welcoming to them. Restless and troubled by what they see as the loss of individuality in an increasingly politically correct society, they decide to abandon it and create an environment more to their liking.

They pool their meager resources and acquire a boat that’s barely seaworthy. Their plan is to sail leisurely through the Caribbean, living life on their own terms one idyllic day at a time, determined to find adventure and right the wrongs they encounter along the way. Combative with society and - often with each other, without sailing or navigational skills, they put to sea in the small, cramped boat.  

To earn some badly needed cash, they grudgingly agree to deliver a cargo of weapons to anti-Castro insurgents in Cuba. The start is rough and the voyage rougher, but all hell breaks loose once they reach the island. Captured by Castro forces, they’re imprisoned and tortured in an old Spanish dungeon. Later, they escape and join up with the rebels in the Sierra Maestra Mountains. Here, their talents for guerilla warfare, honed in the jungles of Vietnam, reassert themselves.

Before this tale of adventure, romance, and self-discovery is over, each man will come to realize, as Cervantes observed, “Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within”.


He Who Drinks From Lethe

Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you.

                                                             Satchel Paige

This is a contemporary horror story set deep in the heart of Florida's dark, foreboding Everglades. At its core, it’s a modern day morality tale cloaked in Neo-Gothic attire. The story takes place near Lost Man’s River. Yes, there really is a Lost Man’s River. Want to speculate how it got its name? 

According to mythology, Lethe is one of the four rivers of Hades. Its waters are supposed to cause those who drink them to forget everything. For troubled souls tortured by memories of past deeds, Lethe's waters could bring blessed relief. But there are darker uses for those mysterious waters.

The story involves the ongoing clash between the modern, agnostic perspectives and the native superstitions of the past. One of those perspectives loses. Big time. The style has been compared to the writings of Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, and Stephen King.

It’s a quick, fun read, but it may cause you to hesitate before venturing into the Everglades . 


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