Dark Motive by Craig Rainey

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About Author
Craig Rainey

Craig Rainey (1962 - ) is an American film actor, author, screenwriter, and musician. He was born in San Angelo, Texas and lives in Austin. His Texas roots hail back to the original Impresario settlers of Coahuila y Tejas under Stephen F. Austin. He is a military veteran, sales trainer and motivational speaker, and he cowboyed professionally in south Texas. His fiction novels include Massacre at Agua Caliente, Stolen Valor, a Carson Brand Novel, and Dark Motive, A Carson Brand Novel. His non-fiction sales training book, The Art of Professional Sales, Handbook for the Career Seller, was released October 2020. As a screenwriter, his scripts have won numerous awards at film festivals including: Best Narrative Period Piece, Most Likely to be Produced as a Movie, and was Official Selection for many more. Craig Rainey won Best Breakout Writer for the script Massacre at Agua Caliente.


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An unwitting federal operative finds himself in the middle of a corrupt congressional campaign financed by middle eastern terrorists. Seduced by his beautiful young attorney, she introduces him to a political campaign with questionable methods of winning elections. He must weigh the DEA threat of a life in prison against the unlimited wealth he could gain by working with the politician's clandestine team of enforcers. Once in, he realizes that the financier of the campaign has ties to international terrorists and decides Brand knows too much. With no help from his friends in the DEA, he must thwart the plot to manipulate the election and expose the terrorist to clear his name and save his life. Find out why crime thriller fans are adding Carson Brand to their reading lists.

Chapter 1

He tasted fear’s rusty bitterness in his mouth. He knew the fear was no more than his body’s natural reaction to his understanding of what he must do for God.

Chapter 2

Joe Mercer grappled with two uniformed officers as the blast shook the crowd. He and the officers fell to the hot sidewalk, their ears ringing with the concussion of the blast.

Chapter 3

A shot exploded above him. The bullet nearly parted his hair. He let go, landing in a controlled roll - feet, calf, thigh, hip. He leapt to his feet and moved to cover against the building..

Chapter 4

THE SEVENTH FLOOR OF THE HARRIS COUNTY Lock-up was one of Houston’s best-kept dirty secrets. Brand was now a part of that secret hell. It was called Gladiator Floor.

Chapter 5

Although Brand gained a remarkable level of skill in the discipline, it became apparent that the program was honing his ability to mete out violence, not curbing it.

Chapter 6

After chaining them together, they were instructed to follow a yellow line along a narrow hallway into a concrete room with a low ceiling and a judge’s Dias at one end.

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The 2nd novel in the Carson Brand Crimie Thriller Series.



kind words from readers

This book is a masterpiece and deserves the maximum stars!


I love the new Carson Brand series created by new author Craig Rainey! Action packed, exciting, well written. Brand himself, not too handsome, not too perfect...just right. Rough, touch, no-nonsense, yet appealing, thoughtful. Quite an accomplishment for a character involved in the horrors of the dark drug and human trafficking's underground. I am looking forward to the third Carson Brand book. Vicci Yancey, loyal reader


Dark Motive: A Carson Brand Novel (Carson Brand Series Book 2) by Craig Rainey is an awesome story that I have loved reading. This is book number two and I can not wait to read the rest. I highly recommend this story to everyone.


Like Stolen Valor, the first novel in the series, this book holds your attention - you can't wait to read what happens next! The detailed narrative allows you to picture each scene in vivid detail. I can't wait for Book #3 - thank you for the great read, Craig!


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