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CRESCENT, this first installment in a wide-ranging trilogy, is set in the Middle East of tomorrow, the protagonists an American ex-soldier, Major Joseph Hanna, and an Israeli spy, Captain Rachel Ram. Joseph Hanna is the son of a mysterious American adventurer and his Lebanese “bride-of-contract” or “temporary wife.” Rachel Ram, a raven-haired, multi-lingual beauty, born into Iraq’s ill-fated Jewish community, is Israel’s most capable assassin. Also a love story, CRESCENT is set on the perilous ground between two clashing worlds, holding this cryptic land up to the light. Fast-paced and topical, also with a ready market among millions of American military personnel and private contractors who have experienced the Middle East. This burgeoning military and private sector-contractor market, which is growing still, is unprecedented in our shrinking world, though for some reason appears wholly missed by the publishing and entertainment industries. The author sees the demand firsthand, however, speaking before hundreds of such groups, government and private.
Today we hear the apocalyptic former Iranian President Ahmadinejad call for the Islamic Messiah’s return, known as al-Mahdi in prophecy, to lead Islam in destroying the Great Satan and the Little Satan (America and Israel). In CRESCENT the Mahdi has returned in the wake of the US retreat from the Middle East, commanding devastating new weaponry. Operating inside, however, Joseph learns the true secret of this Islamic “messiah,” a devastating fact he must spirit back to his American homeland before terror rains on the world. In the process, Israel’s most capable assassin, Captain Rachel Ram, battles her own surging attraction for the American Joseph Hanna, who could in his passion for revenge, expose her most important covert operation, thus clearing the way for the Mahdi’s fighting commander, General Ghassim Daghari, to attack and destroy Israel, then America.
When General Daghari of Iran, the true mastermind behind the terror pounding America, discovers the Israeli covert operation, he captures Rachel, and then hopes to enhance his flagging honor by raping Rachel before his men, such abuse of select women timeless in the arsenal of Middle Eastern tyrants. Joseph, with the help of a quiet, yet capable young man named Abdullah, rescues Rachel, being held in the maze of ancient catacombs beneath the Fatima Masumeh Mosque in Qom, Iran. They break free of General Daghari’s net and flee north to an Israeli retrieval point in the Elburz Mountains. Finally cornered on Mahdi Mountain by General Daghari and his lusty pack of Lur Tribesmen scouts, Joseph and Rachel prepare for a desperate stand, but in the process discover a shocking truth involving the mysterious boy Abdullah, who has shadowed the entire story, that will change forever the relationship between Muslim, Christian, and Jew.
A series of novels for a new century, CRESCENT impales history on the stake of a perilous future, straight through the heart of oil-driven terror. This is a story millions will want to read, its sequels building to a powerful crescendo, illuminating a pivotal land hitherto misunderstood and mis-portrayed in the books of today. MARK OF THE CRESCENT is also perfect for film adaptation. The story is stocked with genuine and intriguing characters (see Descriptions). The author is prepared to devote full-time to promotion and has extensive speaking experience.
The full manuscript is now available for an exclusive look for any qualified party. See the attached “Author’s Biography.”