EXCLUSIVE: See the Cover for Matthew Betley’s ‘Amira’ (with Details)

On April 6th, a fan-favorite character gets her own spinoff vehicle in this action-packed novella from Rules of War (2019) author Matthew Betley.

Picking up some ten months after the conclusion of his last novel, Rules of War, Betley wastes no time turning up the heat in his first-ever novella, Amira, which follows CIA operative Amira Cerone as she awakens bound to a chair in a hotel room at the National Harbor. Struggling to remember what happened and how she got there, Amira must quickly put the pieces together in hopes of escaping, but that’s only just the beginning . . .

Check out the official cover art and plot details below.


Set ten months after the events of RULES OF WAR, Amira Cerone emerges from unconsciousness, bound to a chair in a hotel room at the National Harbor. Confronted by ghosts from her turbulent past, Amira must survive, face her personal demons, relive choices that have lived to haunt her, and prevent an imminent assassination. Told with the typical blazing pace, emotional undertones, and unparalleled action sequences that are Betley’s calling cards, AMIRA will keep its readers on the edge of their seats until the last page. While she’s been known as an assassin, a warrior, and a member of Task Force Ares, one word epitomizes who and what she is: AMIRA.

“Leave it to Matthew Betley to pack a whole book’s worth of action and suspense into one rip-roaring, relentless novella. AMIRA is a must for fans of the Logan West thrillers, and anyone in search of an unputdownable reading experience.” – Ryan Steck, The Real Book Spy

“Betley is back! The Logan West universe returns with a novella that might be half the size of a novel but packs twice as much action on each page. A pure rush of adrenaline that you won’t be able to put down. Betley once again proves that no one delivers blockbuster action on a page quite like him.” – Brian Costello, Comm Majors Podcast

“Few authors can write a fight scene like Matthew Betley. And that talent is on full display with his latest addition to the Logan West thriller universe: AMIRA. Buckle up, folks. High-speed. Low-drag. Betley packs a novel’s worth of adventures into this novella.” – C.E. Albanese, The Crew Reviews

“AMIRA reads like the best kind of Hollywood movie, with whiplash transitions of locales and time, pulse-thundering action that culminates in a roller-coaster climax, and a central protagonist in Amira Cerone, who is as complex and multi-layered as she is lethal. In this non-stop novella, author Matt Betley expands the Logan West universe like an exploding supernova. The words “she fights like a girl” will never mean the same again.” – Chris Hauty, International Bestselling Author of DEEP STATE and SAVAGE ROAD



Matthew Betley is a former Marine officer of ten years. His experience includes deployments to Djibouti after September 11, and Iraq, prior to the surge. A New Jersey native who considers Cincinnati home, he graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a BA in psychology and minors in political science and sociology.

Readers excited to get their hands on Betley’s must-read novella can now pre-order Amira here ahead of its anticipated release. For more updates, make sure you’re following Matthew Betley on Facebook, Twitter, and his official website.



Praised as “One of the hardest working, most thoughtful, and fairest reviewers out there” by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, Ryan Steck has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). Steck also works full-time as a freelance editor and pens a monthly thriller column for CrimeReads. Additionally, he co-hosts ThrillerTalk, a new podcast with K.J. Howe. For more information, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children

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