The King's Gambit

The King's Gambit

  • Paperback
  • 9781646300488
  • Published: October 28, 2025


In some games, there is only black and white.

Alex Black has been chasing the fugitive Pharmaceutical CEO, Carlos Ganem, across the globe ever since he escaped from prison and fled England in the middle of the night. And he seems to be loving the cat-and-mouse game with MI6’s volatile super spy. Always one move ahead, Carlos uses a network of far-right paramilitary organizations to provide ample cover as he drops clues, racing from the world’s most elegant gatherings to the poorest, most desolate villages.

But his endgame is suddenly called into question when an international pandemic shakes the world, and Carlos suddenly risks it all to come out of hiding. His company, after all, had been working on a vaccine for this very strain. Suspicious as it seems, the world needs him and everyone knows it.

With Alex’s new team in place, including the disarmingly handsome MI6 scientist, Brandon White - brought in to help follow Carlos’ high tech clues – they are forced to take a time out while the vaccine is mass-produced. But when Alex discovers a chilling side-effect of the vaccine, she suspects that Carlos sees a far more insidious path to victory… until he shows up dead. His unexpected assassination suddenly calling everything Alex assumed into question.

Now Alex must uncover who the real adversary is and shut down a dangerous game before the very core of humanity’s genetic footprint is changed forever.

More action, more intrigue, more Alex Black…

This is one game she’ll make the ultimate sacrifice to win.

"A rollercoaster story...strong characters and even stronger female lead." - Advanced Review

Fans of Black Widow and Batman Begins will love this spy thriller book.

Alex Black



Alex Schuler

Alex Schuler began his career as a Navy pilot, then developed AI software for the commercial and defense sectors. His systems have been deployed on Navy ships and submarines, as well as NASA space shuttles. Alex turned to writing exciting and accessible science-based fiction to explore the ethical and philosophical implications of the technology he helped develop. His characters question their place and purpose in a rapidly changing world of ever-more-sophisticated—and potentially dangerous—technological advances. 

Code Word Access, the first novel in Alex Schuler's Code Word series, shot to #1 on Amazon in the sci-fi category.

An early fan of Star Trek (the original, of course), The Outer Limits, and Sigourney Weaver in the Alien movies, you might find Alex wandering the halls of ComicCon or reading a great sci-fi book under redwood trees. Which book? Maybe Dune (Frank Herbert) or Stranger in a Strange Land (Robert Heinlein).