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Book By Author:  Travis L Salisbury

Defender: A Scottish American Fairy Tale Standard Edition
 Defender: A Scottish American Fairy Tale Standard Edition
 1520202792 978-1520202792
 One lonely day in Kansas farm country, a passing college professor encounters her biggest “surprise package” ever, a too handsome, too intelligent, too faithful, battered and mangled FBI agent and his equally battered and mangled government issued car at the side of the road. Kate soon finds herself enmeshed with Agent Gareth's dark world of spies, terrorists, hackers and corrupt bureaucracies, and her planned road trip and career move ultimately derailed. However, in the middle of this unforeseen mess and intrigue, Kate and Gareth together discover their similarities, and not their starkly different class backgrounds and upbringings. Together, the unlikely pair discover a deep and lasting companionship, a binding faith in their God, a passion for fun and adventure, and more importantly than not, a burning will to survive against all odds, when the evil machinations of terrorist leader Klaus Vogle, along with bad office politics, and the unscrupulous scheming of Gareth's industrial tycoon father, Andrew McFadyn. Thus begins, the modern tale of a chivalrous knight, and his fair wise maiden. Follow agent Gareth “Dru” McFadyn and his “random” traveling companion, Kate Greenwood, on their odyssey of love, adventure, faith, morality, and patriotism. Follow them left, follow them right, follow them to heck and back, follow them to the end, and read this book. For once in your lifetime, take a risk and give it a shot, who knows, you might actually happen to like it. Defender is a gripping story that defies description and genres. This is my personal pledge for 10% of all proceeds from the sale of this book, I pledge 10% to the Janet C. Smyth Foundation Inc, with a twofold mission of funding ovarian cancer research and funding patient malpractice advocacy. Note: This book is the standard original edition of Defender: A Scottish American Fairy Tale, in it's complete form, including a small, but not insignificant portion of non-fictional author biographical information and other content not directly to do with the story, but to provide a context of “reality” to go with the fiction. If this is not acceptable to you, please consider buying the “white” cover “lightweight edition”, or the first three books of the minibook edition, only.
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A modern day fairy tale full of action, romance and a spy thriller all in one!


Defender: A Scottish American Fairy Tale by Travis L. Salisbury is an epic novel full of action, romance, thrills and intrigue.  It was finished by the original author’s son after his mother, Janet C. Smyth, passed away.  Travis completed the novel and published it to honour his mother’s years of writing the story and that is part of what makes it special.

We start with Kate who is driving to her new job and maybe a new life.  She is an artist and a woman of strong faith who has a core belief that God directs everything in life.  On her journey she runs into trouble with a capital “T” and the novel takes offs. She meets ‘GD McFady’ also known as 'Dru' and he just happens to be an FBI agent…the kind of agent that turns heads. The attraction is immediate and intense. Drew draws Kate into a web of violence, passion and intense trust. They both have a strong faith in God and immediately share that bond which brings them closer and closer together.

Drew turns Kate’s world upside down. She travels a path of espionage, classified secrets and violence.  Kate turns Drew’s world upside down with her kindness, support and moral strength. All of their friends help them along the way and, through them, Kate learns just how powerful Drew is and their life is forever changed. You will have to read the novel to see how the story ends but it is worth the read.

I give Travis credit, he finished an amazing novel. It was long but engaging; the character development was solid and the classic fairy tale storyline was consistent throughout. The conversational writing style drew me in and the pages turned quickly. This truly is a modern day fairy tale with Scottish and American roots. It is a tribute to a special lady and a wonderful read for everyone who loves a good fairy tale.

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Travis Salisbury Author:  Travis L Salisbury


Short Bio of the Editor: Born Eugene, OR, Feb 7, 1980. Parents Jeffrey Salisbury and Janet Smyth (d. 2014) Divorced 1982. Grew up as a poor kid in Coos Bay, OR. Two years community college. Had previous employment as a caretaker for Grandfather Norman and Mother Janet, for 14 years, thought I'd give a stab at copy editing.

The Editor had the honored and cherished privilege of closely assisting the Author, Mother Janet with copy editing for four years before her passing in 2014. The Editor has now had more than plenty of opportunity to become acquainted with the story of Counterstrike: Heaven Sent.