Elaine Gallant -- "The 5th C: A CIA Novel"

The CIA, An Unknown Force, And Russia’s Secret Cache of Diamonds

In every writer's life, families matter, as do close friends and influential contacts. Characters live in full color amongst them and become the inspiration that's seamlessly stitched within the fabric of every writer's life. Such was the case for most of my characters in "The 5th C: A CIA Novel."

The main character and focus of the story is this ~ "Eric Dane, a new CIA officer, finds himself shot and left for dead after his very first assignment. This makes for a golden, or rather diamond, opportunity for Operation Pop Up—the CIA’s code name for its mission to stop trillions of precious stones about to flow out of Russia’s Popigai Crater.
Now as a ghost in the field, Eric vows to unearth the forces that hold the world’s diamond market in its hands. However, the serpentine trail he takes leads to shocking discoveries far more bizarre than anyone imagines."

Eric and his life-long friend, Francis "Fanny" Bergan, were born from the immutable love I hold for my two brothers -- Edward Francis and Arthur Donald " Donnie" XYZ. As men of action, my brothers were police, SWAT, hazardous materials expert, or International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA). They were also fire academy instructor and coordinator, Army K-9 Control, Fire Chief, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and paramedics, male magazine model, father, grandfather, loving husband, and patriarch. One lives still, while the other has passed but is missed greatly in my life.

So how did these two incredible men become my newly graduated CIA Officers Eric and Fanny? Well, like my characters, they were once untested too and had to rise up the ranks in real life to become the polished diamonds they eventually emerged.

And how did the setting of Russia's Popigai Crater and its controlling hermit kingdom manifest itself? From two separate articles. One appeared in the Associated Press on Sept. 17, 2012 that introduced me to Popigai and its secret cache of "trillions of carats", which was reportedly enough diamonds to flood the market for the next three thousand years. That's right...three thousand years! How’s that for a gripper? The other was from a New York Times International article dated Dec. 29, 2012 titled, "If Assad Is Exiled Here, He'll Find Plenty Of Company". This one featured Moscow's Barvikha sanatorium that morphed in "The 5th C" into my luxury accommodations for the organization that profited mightily from the crater's many riches.

Still I had to have some insider's take on CIA and/or elite military operations, as well as conversational French and Russian language understanding. In all cases this little, treasured Pacific island called Maui provided in abundance.

I conspired in person with a local, female retired CIA officer at the start. From there, I was in continuous communication with a Maui-tied US Army Special Forces officer and West Point graduate who wrote three books on his incredible career. I consulted in person with linguists: first, a Russian-speaking full-time resident and second, several French-speaking seasonal residents. I relied on story-related local authors and a homegrown Japanese prisoner of war who, due to WWII reparations, toiled and suffered for two long years after the war ended. I also became small arms certified by area-based weapons specialists. Additionally, I relied on immediate family members who possessed either life-saving expertise or, as in the case of my husband, is a retired physician backed by a full, professional medical career.

I tried to turn over every stone, either by research, contact, or experience and I hope it paid off, because at the base of every story there must be some truth. My story, "The 5th C", is fictional in every sense but based inch-by-inch on what truths I could obtain, what cultural myths I could uncover, and what factual documentation I found.

As you read it, I hope it pulls you in with unexpected ease and that you learn something surprising. If you do, we're all rewarded and for that I can honestly say mahalo, merci, and spasibo for trusting me as your steward.

"The 5th C" can be downloaded digitally for free on Kindle Unlimited, for a small fee through Kindle, and in paperback at www.Amazon.com. You can find me at ElaineGallantBlog or through the contacts page on main page of this site, the West Maui Book Club.

What Readers Are Saying About “The 5th C”

“This is a page turner. Thrilling adventure through Miami, Paris, Moscow and the Siberian diamond mines. Watch out for graphic violence though, not for the faint of heart.” Anonymous, Amazon Reviewer

“Suspense, intrigue and romance! Elaine Gallant caught my attention as soon as I started reading ‘The 5th C’. Wonderfully written. Hoping to read more from this talented author!” Kahuna, Amazon Reviewer

“It’s intriguing…a page turner…compared to David Baldacci, which I love. I don’t want (Elaine Gallant) near me after I die! This one is hard to put down.” Deborah L. Woehler, Houston, TX

“How exciting this is. It’s intriguing and a page turner…very happy to pass this on… Great job!” Oliver Gold, author, Maui, HI

“Couldn’t put it down. Telling all my friends and family about Elaine Gallant’s first novel (hopefully more to come) and definitely recommend reading it.” Jeanne Friedman, Maui, HI

“As superb as any of my favorite authors!!” Kathy Jones, Seattle, WA

“Fun to read, lots of twists and turns, and I learned something too… It reminded me of James Bond…I was left in suspense.” Diane Pure, Maui, HI

“We both enjoyed Elaine Gallant’s story. Trust no one for sure!!” Cindy and Stan Catugal, Maui, HI

“The first line, paragraph, chapter takes the reader hostage…” Wm. Sayles., Maui, HI


Submitted by: Elaine Gallant, Jan. 2017
West Maui Book Club