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Thrilling Debut Novel Sheds Light on Special Forces' Role in the War on Terror

Written by Carlos Viola, ‘Black Lion’ is an exhilirating read, capturing a specific time in United States history – the years after 9/11. Featuring a heroic main character, a band of elite Special Forces, the tumultuous battle against Al-Qaeda and a sexy romance, ‘Black Lion’ is an exciting first novel from an author to watch.


Sunny Isles Beach, FL -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/14/2014 -- After the attacks of September 11th, the United States was changed forever.

Nowhere is that change more apparent than within the pages of the hotly anticipated debut novel from Carlos Viola, ‘Black Lion’.

Tracing the path of Michael Harris, a leading U.S. Army Major and a member of the Desert Lions, an elite group within the Special Forces and the stuff of nightmares to Al-Qaeda, ‘Black Lion’ puts the spotlight on the clandestine operations that happened after that infamous day in 2001.

As President and CEO of Aeroterra S.A., the author was no stranger to the complexities of global problem-solving and the sophisticated technology available on the market today. However, with his first fiction novel, Viola wanted to take things one step further, and really give his readers a book they would remember forever.

“’Black Lion’ has everything,” says Viola. “It’s topical, as I don’t think anyone will ever be able to forget 9/11. It has action, suspense, drama, romance and above all, electrifying adventure.”


Black Lion tells the story of Michael Harris, a fearless U.S. Army major and member of the dreaded Desert Lions, an elite group within the Special Forces and feared by the enemy. When America declares war on terrorism after the cowardly attacks of September 11, 2001, the president issues an order that makes every resource and top technology available to Mike Harris and his Desert Lions, assigning them the job of traveling the world with the purpose of eliminating all the terrorist elements of Al-Qaeda that threaten to disrupt world peace. Mike knows that his skills and expertise, and that of his band of courageous men, will be tested to the max once they are thrust into the shadowy world of covert operations. What Mike doesn’t anticipate is falling in love at first sight with Marcie Johanssen, a rich and beautiful Danish heiress, who unwittingly gets dragged into the deadly struggle that is about to be unleashed in every corner of the globe. In Black Lion, readers are alongside these brave heroes as they are plunged into the vivid and real world of deceit, secrecy and clandestine operations; sharing the ride with this elite group as they navigate their way through many deadly circumstances in a pulse-pounding, explosive plot that keeps readers anxiously turning pages.
Since its publication, the book has earned a 5 star rating on Amazon, and glowing reviews from readers.

“Black Lion, indeed, feels more realistic than fictional. Viola has created a story that is filled with unhackneyed diabolical twists and turns centered at the heart of two lovers (who, by the way, reflect the book’s publisher – cute touch!) For readers who love a story filled with suspense, romance and a whole lot of patriotism, Black Lion is the perfect read,” wrote Anita Lock from ‘Hollywood Book Reviews’.

“Black Lion is everything you want in a book. Suspense, action, military, black ops, some love. It’s a great book to read - it hooks you up from beginning to end! Just awesome!” wrote Joaquin.

Calling the book “amazing”, Hernán Chousa wrote: “I have just finished it, once you start you can’t quit. Very detailed places, lots of military knowledge, some romance too. Very complete novel. You can’t miss it.”

‘Black Lion’ is available now from Amazon: http://amzn.to/1iOPt3m and Barnes&Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/black-lion-carlos-viola/1116892070?ean=9780989301718

For more information about the book and its author, please visit: http://carlosviola.com/

About Carlos Viola
Carlos Viola served for over twenty years as President and CEO of Aeroterra S.A., a technology company dedicated to providing geospatial solutions using GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and satellite imagery, actively participating in all of the many projects undertaken by the company. A passionate reader and writer, Black Lion is his first fiction novel. He currently lives in Buenos Aires with his wife, María.