Karns Gray is the best operative in an ultra-secret intelligence cell known only as, “Chancellor Agents,” so nick-named after their elusive director, The Chancellor.
However, Agent Gray is also plagued by hellish, post-traumatic wartime memories and a betrayal at the hands of his fiancée. Seeking an escape from his personal demons, he accepts an offer to volunteer in a medical experiment involving, a “bio-chemical synthetic intelligent computer.” But the experiment turns upon the experimenters, killing its creator and attempting to take over the body of Karns Gray. The attempt forces Gray into a two-year coma.
Twenty years later... Global satellite failures, missing reconnaissance teams and drug related weaponry have led American agencies to suspect a major shift in international drug trafficking. As part of the intelligence community’s response, Karns Gray is one of two Chancellor Agents brought in to figure it out. What Gray discovers is as deeply personal as it is consequential to humanity.
An atypical espionage thriller, The Gray Stopgap is a psychological tapestry seamlessly woven between flashbacks and reality. Double agents, assassins, underwater adventure and sub-orbital dogfights are but a few facets of this adrenaline-driven emotional roller coaster.
Adventure aside, this is as much a story about relationships and integrity as it is international intrigue.
About the Author
Receiving one of the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association's highest awards for Journalistic Excellence, DL Tolleson also garnered awards for Feature Writing and News Photography from the Texas Community College Press Association. He was a one-time Fine Arts Consultant/ Instructor under a state grant program to ARC of Texas. He taught Creative Photography in the College for Kids program at Tarrant County College and writing at the elementary level in an after school program under a federal grant to the Fort Worth Independent School District. A former member of the Texas State Bar's Legal Assistant's Division he spent over 14 years in litigation support. As a Paralegal Specialist in the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Assistance he was awarded recognition for creating a method to merge Disaster Credit Management System data with loan modification documents. For six years he was one of the four-member team overseeing compliance of Dealer Franchise cellular contracts at the RadioShack Corporation headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. As a photographer/videographer, Tolleson's portfolio of work covers a wide spectrum: News, litigation, depositions, surveillance, evidentiary documentation, accident/incidence scenes, personal injury, property damage, postmortem evidence, modeling, portraits, events and weddings. He now primarily photographs wildlife and nature for pleasure, predominantly focusing on the Big Bend region of Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences from the University of North Texas. He also holds an Associate in Arts and an Associate in Applied Science, both from Tarrant County College. A freelance writer/ photographer, DL Tolleson resides in the north central region of Texas referred to by locals as the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.