I’m very excited for today’s book and for the author I’ll be interviewing! The author happens to be a dear friend…who happens to be a retired FBI agent!
FBI SPECIAL AGENT LEXIE MONTGOMERY goes deep undercover to investigate the Earth Liberation Front, a domestic terrorism group operating in the South Carolina Lowcountry. As Lexie struggles to infiltrate the ELF, she soon realizes everything may not be as it seems in the Lowcountry. Lexie’s investigation spirals out of control and places her life in danger after someone in her trusted inner circle reveals her undercover identity. Now Lexie must work to bring those responsible to justice … if only she knew who she could trust.
Interview with Dana Ridenour
I’m currently working on the third Lexie Montgomery book. Beyond The Cabin was a bit darker than Behind The Mask, so the third book opens with Lexie picking up the pieces after she experienced some unexpected and horrific events in Beyond The Cabin. I’m working with screenwriter Michael Lucker and I’m happy to report that both books are in development for television, so fingers crossed!
Tawney’s Review: It was good to get back into Lexie’s world and follow her again going undercover.
I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough as Lexie is swept into another investigation, this time with the domestic terrorism group Earth Liberation Front. This book was darker than the first book, which made it an intense read that couldn’t be put down. You could tell that Dana brought her knowledge from her time at the FBI into the book because every detail was well described and there’s a connection with the characters. They felt real especially Captain Meade, who I liked immensely. Beyond the Cabin felt real and gritty. You rooted for Lexie with every turn of the page.
Should you read it? Yes! From the very first page Dana hooks you with relatable characters and a mystery that keeps you guessing until the final chapter.
Check out my review of the Behind the Mask here!
Check out an interview I did with Dana here!
Dana Ridenour is a retired FBI agent. She is the author of two FBI undercover novels: Behind The Mask and Beyond The Cabin.
Ridenour graduated from Meade County High School in 1984, then attended the University of Kentucky. After two years at the University of Kentucky, she changed her major to Police Administration and transferred to Eastern Kentucky University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1989. Ridenour earned her Juris Doctor in 1992 from Chase College of Law.
Over the years, Ridenour has been employed in a wide variety of jobs including first mate on a tour boat (her favorite job), lawyer, and Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Ridenour entered on duty with the FBI in November of 1995 and retired in April of 2016 after over twenty years of service. Ridenour was assigned to four different FBI Field Divisions and had the opportunity to work a wide variety of cases to include multi faceted narcotics investigations, domestic sex trafficking of minors, and violent crime. Over the years, Ridenour was a proud member of the FBI’s Evidence Response Team where she and her team traveled to New York City in response to the 9/11 World Trade Center attack. The highlight of Ridenour’s career came in 2003 when she attended and passed the FBI’s prestigious undercover school, thus allowing her to work as an undercover FBI agent. This undercover certification opened the door for Ridenour to work a series of long term, deep cover cases focusing on domestic terrorism. Ridenour had the rare experience of working a long term undercover investigation with her husband who was also an FBI agent.
Ridenour attributes her law enforcement career to her father and her love of books to her mother. Her mother instilled a love of reading from a young age. It was her mother who also encouraged her to keep a journal while working as a Special Agent with the thought that one day a novel would materialize from the experiences. Ridenour’s writing is a reflection of her career and life experiences. Although she enjoys a wide variety of genres, her literary influences are her favorite southern writers such as Pat Conroy, Dorothea Benton Frank, and Anne Rivers Siddons. Ridenour’s favorite novel is Pat Conroy’s The Prince of Tides which she has read many times.
An award winning author, Ridenour lives in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina with her wonderful husband. She is currently writing the third Alexis Montgomery novel.