Story Plant hardcover

ISBN: 978-1-611880-51-9

Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-1-936558-93-3

Publication date: August 28, 2012

366 pages

When Jake Patrick took a summer internship at his estranged father’s corporation, he anticipated some much-needed extra cash and a couple of free meals from his guilty dad. He would never have guessed that he'd find himself in the center of an international scandal involving a U.S. senator, conspiracy, backroom politics, and murder. Or that his own life would hang in the balance. Or that he’d find help – and much more than that – from a collection of memorable characters operating on all sides of the law. Jake’s summer has turned into the most eventful one of his life. Now he just needs to survive it.

From the sweatshops of Saipan to the most powerful offices in Washington, SWEAT rockets through a story of crime and consequences with lightning pacing, a twisting plot, an unforgettable cast of characters, and wry humor. It is another nonstop thriller from one of the most exciting new voices in suspense fiction.



Mark Gilleo

“Another amazing, white knuckle read!! Mark Gilleo is both talented and gifted when it comes to page turning story telling. A master!! Bravo!! A book not to be passed by!! Extraordinary!!!”

– CMash Reads

Sweat is a political thriller that will engross any reader. Although the events that take place are fiction, it shines on real issues of how greediness and politics can corrupt and destroy lives of innocent people. Mark has weaved a highly interesting fast paced thriller. With his powerful writing leading the way, Sweat is bound for greatness.”

– BookNerd

“If Hollywood has any sense, they will option this book immediately. Excellent work, Mr. Gilleo. You have earned a place on my ‘authors I must read’ list.”
– Psychotic State

“There is a love story, political intrigue, blackmail, murder, etc… It will keep you on your toes until you get to the end and if you are like me you will still want more when you get to the last page.”
– Dive Under the Cover

“Mark Gilleo is an author to watch and quickly becoming a favorite of mine.”
– Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book

Sweat is a political thriller that will engage any and all readers. Very well written and highly recommended!”
– Crystal Book Reviews

Sweat took off from page one and I was drawn in as the book took twists and turns.”
– The Bookworm

“A particularly complex story told in a way to keep you guessing at every turn yet its only after you put down the book is when you realize the depth of it. An amazing plot with just the exact mix of intrigue and action while capturing some not so pretty reflections of reality…. If you love mystery / thrills / intrigue – then give this book a chance, I am sure that you will not be disappointed.”
– b00kr3vi3ws

“I loved this book. Now I intend to read Gilleo’s debut novel called Love Thy Neighbor. Mark Gilleo is a real talent I’ll be following for sure.”
– Views from the Countryside


“A must read for suspense and thriller lovers.”
– Hotchpotch

“The author definitely only gives the reader the facts as they are needed which was perfect even until the end – I was kept out of the loop and I liked it. Even the ending is a twist that is not predicted and not completely out of the box that it is unbelievable.”
– Kritters Ramblings


“A blockbuster novel that should be on everyone’s bestseller list!”
– Socrates Book Reviews

“Once again Mark Gilleo has hit the ball out of the park.”
– The Top Shelf

“An amazing story with nonstop action taking us from a garment sweat shop in Saipan to the upper echelon of Washington D.C.’s elite politicians and business men.”
– Single Titles

“If you enjoy international intrigue, murder, mayhem, political scandal and a bit of romance, then Sweat is the perfect read for you.”

– The Book Diva’s Reads

"Some of us spend decades learning how to write. Mark Gilleo is one of those rare naturals – or at least it seems that way," says Jeff Stein, columnist and National Security Editor of Spytalk. Gilleo's novels have received numerous awards and literary recognition, including winning a National Indie Excellence Award and a Beach Book Festival award, and being a finalist in the William Faulkner-Wisdom creative writing competition. Meanwhile, readers are responding enthusiastically to Gilleo's refined combination of unique, relatable characters and intricate, nuanced plotting.