Finely wrought and deeply felt narrative brought me to Lea Carpenter with her first book, Eleven Days. As a Marine Mom with a son deployed in Afghanistan, I identified with her Navy Seal mother, struggling against the tide of rising war, waiting for news of her son who has gone missing during a mission. Lea’s voice resonates with truth and honesty as she traverses emotional terrain. A journey continued with her second novel, Red, White, Blue, a powerful story of a daughter’s quest for truth; for the struggle of love and loyalty amidst a sweeping canvas of CIA intrigue and American espionage. Lea continues to pull back the screen on hidden worlds with an acute understanding of the human cost of war, and of those hidden wars within the world of the CIA.