International multi-award–winning and bestselling author who blends intrigue, history, science, and mystery into nonstop action thrillers.
Avanti Centrae is honored to have won eight literary awards.
She finds inspiration from her father, who served as a US marine corporal in Okinawa, gathering military intelligence. Avanti graduated from Purdue University and has spent time in a spectrum of professions, from raft guide to Silicon Valley IT executive. When not traveling the world or hiking in the Sierra mountains, she’s writing her next thriller in Northern California, helped by her family and distracted by her German shepherds
The Lost Power (VanOps #1)
Spain 1057: During a thunderous battle, the first King of Aragon wrestles Alexander the Great's priceless Egyptian weapon from the Moors, but finds it holds a terrifying and mysterious power.
Nearly a thousand years later, on a fog-shrouded Napa Valley morning, gunshots and the clatter of breaking glass rip through the silence. Maddy Marshall, an app designer with special martial-arts abilities, and her twin brother, Will Argones, quickly run toward the sound. Horrified, they discover a sniper has cut down two members of their family.
Before the pool of blood on the living room floor is dry, their father sends the twins on a dangerous quest to recover Alexander's ancient weapon. Joined by a broad-shouldered friend who harbors a secret alliance with VanOps, an ultra-black covert agency, they soon discover the lethal sniper is from Russia.
They follow time-worn clues from a medieval Spanish castle to a lost warren under the streets of Jerusalem, racing to unlock the secrets that will lead them to an arcane power--before a hostile state seizes the power and cripples the United States.
To survive, they must go undercover and off-grid. No place is safe, a wrong move means death, and even a simple phone call is off limits. Because now, the sniper has his sights set on them.
"Written with a dynamic, cinematic style and full of action and suspense, here's a book that defines page-turner. Don't miss this riveting debut!" ~ James Rollins, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Crucible
"...a good ole' fashioned rip-roaring adventure from start to finish. Enjoy the ride." ~ Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author
The Doomsday Medallion (VanOps #3)2022
Solstice Shadows (VanOps #2)2020
Awards and Recognition
- THE LOST POWER (VanOps #1) won a Genre Grand Prize blue ribbon at the Chanticleer International Book Awards, an Honorable Mention at the Hollywood Book Festival, and a Bronze Medal at the Wishing Shelf Book Awards
- SOLSTICE SHADOWS (VanOps #2) won Global Thriller Genre Grand Prize at the Chanticleer International Book Awards, and a Bronze Medal at the Readers' Favorite Awards
- THE DOOMSDAY MEDALLION (VanOps #3) won an Honorable Mention at the Southern California Book Festival