by Mark Powell
January 2020 – Haywire Books (US)

This explosive literary thriller delves into U.S. involvement in the 2014 Ukraine-Russia conflict. Go inside the underground world of political opératives, Ivy League criminals, and a hedge fund billionaire with eyes on the presidency.

The plan was simple: foment a small-scale conflict in Eastern Ukraine that will prevent the vast Ukrainian shale gas field from being tapped. Should the project succeed, Leviathan Global’s billionaire founder stands to profit mightily from the sale of gas reserves in Slovakia. But when a disillusioned staffer named Hugh Eckhart uncovers a dossier containing bank accounts laying out the conspiracy, things begin to unravel.

Spanning the U.S. and Eastern Europe, from New Haven and D.C. to Kiev and Bratislava, Mark Powell takes you into the 2014 Ukraine-Russia conflict and reveals the corrupt relationship between war, money, and political power.

Mark Powell is the author of five other novels, most recently SMALL TREASONS. A highly decorated author—including the recipient of two Fulbright fellowships and an NEA grant—he lives in the North Carolina mountains and teaches at Appalachian State University.


“Mark Powell is a fearless and master storyteller.”—Patricia Engel

“‘War is a racket,’ it’s been said many times and in many ways but rarely with as much verve as Mark Powell harnesses in his masterful new novel.”—Elliot Ackerman, author of Waiting for Eden