The Calling


They’ll play mind games with you in the swamp, so get used to it. You’re tough. You survived your mother’s death, losing your chance to win Olympic gold, and all the pain that went with that terrible accident. You can survive this.”


Bob Gallant makes his debut through Rob the Vatican, the mind-boggling novel which showed us that even the most sacred and one of the most secured places on Earth can still be burglarized. Now, he takes us to a different kind of lead through Satan’s Stronghold where the two main characters had to work their way to locate the alleged drug manufacturing facility hidden somewhere in Atchafalaya Basin.


Travis an undercover leader of Drug Enforcement Agency recruits Chesney, an ecological research student. To make her accept the role and be part of his team, Travis definitely did his research about her past. He dug way too deep to ignite a fire in Chesney’s soul. As cliche as it may sound, it somehow felt like old wounds were once again bleeding with what Travis did. Could this be Chesney’s calling? Is she more suitable to be an agent than being an environmental research graduate student?


Fueled with pain and at the same time motivation to get justice that wasn’t served in her past, Chesney hesitantly accepted the challenge. Although unsure of what could be the outcome of this journey, she’s determined to make it work. As they say, if it scares you, might as well take a jump. There’s nothing more encouraging as well than the words which spurted out Travis’ mouth when Chesney was expressing she’s scared: “They’ll play games with you in the swamp, so get used to it. You’re tough. You survived your mother’s death, losing your chance to win Olympic gold, and all the pain that went with that terrible accident. You can survive this.” Sometimes, it only takes one person to give you a push before you believe in yourself.


In this novel, Chesney’s strength lies in her physical and mental abilities. She’s notably strong for surviving a life being an orphan and the trauma and pain which went with it. Not to mention that her athletic attributes are her assets, too. Unknowingly, she resembles the dead wife of the owner of the huge plantation. How will there first meeting turn out? Will her tough mentality, resourcefulness and wit save her in this ordeal? How do you think Chesney’s debut as an undercover agent end up? Intriguing, isn’t it? Once you scan through the pages, you will know why it is called Satan’s Stronghold. It is truly worth your while. Stay tuned for Jericho’s Trumpet, the sequel to this novel.


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