Genre: YA thriller
Word Count: 76,000
Convicted murderer Naomi Williams expects a transfer to an adult prison for her eighteenth birthday. Instead she gets a job offer. The US government wants her to join a secret offshoot of the CIA and help bring down a domestic terrorist cell called the Renegades. They’re only interested because Naomi intentionally killed the teenage son of a prominent Renegade leader. Too bad the terrorists know it too, and their desire for revenge mean she’s in no position to turn the CIA down.
During her first assignment Naomi meets James, a gang member with an unclear agenda. When he uncovers who she works for and who she hunts, Naomi almost turns him in to her employers so he doesn’t reveal her secrets. After his interference on a later assignment saves her life, she isn’t sure what to think. He insists he won’t betray her, but Naomi knows the government would view him as a threat. With the Renegades poised to attack, she must decide who, if anyone, to trust. And this time, the wrong choice could get her killed.
THE RECRUITED is a 76,000 word YA thriller with series potential.
The clank of her cell door opening startled Naomi upright. “Williams, you have a visitor,” the guard said.
Naomi stared blankly at her, legs dangling off the edge of her bunk. “What?”
“You have a visitor,” the guard repeated. “There’s a man here to see you.”
“But it’s not my parents’ day to visit, and my dad—”
“You. Have. A. Visitor.” By now there was no masking the irritation in her voice. “Get your ass up and come with me.”
Picking herself up off the bed, Naomi attempted to straighten her wrinkled uniform before her hands were cuffed. A small calendar on the wall, checked off boxes counting down the time on her sentence, read September 4th, 2025. The guard held her by an elbow as she escorted Naomi through a maze of hallways to the small visiting area at the front of the facility.