|King Pawn (2015) [Novel]|
by Raj Nellooli
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(From the publisher):
The college-dropout son of an American professor and a Syrian mother who fled her home country, Robert Frost has two primary enemies: the US Army for unfairly dismissing him and the Syrian regime for destroying his mother's family during the 1982 Hana uprising. Worse still, his wife has left him, taking their two daughters with her.
Frost becomes Iftikar, a mercenary and accepts a high-paying mission to stabilize Syria and topple the regime. Unaware of the complexity of Syria and the treacherous plots of his mysterious employers, he hopes the money will help him win back his family. As he moves through Syria on a journey of mayhem, he finds himself in Palmyra, the oldest oasis on the Silk Road; the Byzantine citadel of Aleppo, the marijuana fields, the Beqaa Valley; the world's largest restaurant in Damascus; the seafarers' island of Arwad; and Russia's only naval base in the Middle East, Tartus. Will Iftikar's actions pave the way to democracy in Syria or enthrone new masters?
Set against the backdrop of the current Syrian war, this novel is an unsettling tale of the battles, shaped by immense political ambitions that destroy small people and their even smaller lives. It immortalizes the laments of the Syrian people through an intricate plot, convincing details, and many unforgettable characters.
Original title: King Pawn
Genre: Fiction→ Historical