Growing up in Manhattan, Zack McCrady did not have an easy life. First, his father died in a skiing accident. Then his mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Eventually Zack was left orphaned, and his big sister Jenny took over parenting and provided him with the unconditional love he craves. But after Jenny's death during the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York, Zack begins spending his days pondering his rage toward Al-Qaeda, his dark feelings toward his own government, and his enduring pain and inner turmoil. On the other side of the world, Afghanistan is rotting from within. The Soviets have withdrawn and, technically, the Mujaheddin have won. Hakeem Rashid, raised by a surrogate father since infancy, is bright and gifted and knows the lessons of the Koran in depth. Despite growing up in war torn Herat, Hakeem has managed to remain civilized and with a sense of purpose, but when Hakeem's real father returns, everything is subject to change. Zack is involved in a violent crime. Hakeem has become his father's minion. As two men on opposite sides of the world battle intense psychological tumult, one of them is about to uncover a truth that will change him forever.
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EXCERPT:The American's eyes popped open.He was groggy and didn't know what had awoken him. He stuck his head out of the sleeping bag, and tried to adjust his eyes. His vision was blurry and light was scarce by the diminished fire, but he could see enough to know that Benazar was standing over him. He groped for his backpack and pulled his glasses out of one the compartments.
He put on his glasses-and found himself staring at the shiny silver barrel of a Desert Eagle pistol. He struggled to rise and found himself half jumping, half crawling backwards, his movements made clumsy within the confines of his sleeping bag.
"What-what are you doing?" the American asked in Dari.
Benazar took two quick steps towards him, closing whatever meager distance he'd managed to put between them.
"Please-please don't!" His terror grew with each passing second as he took in the flames flickering off of the whites of the Benazar's eyes. There was a detachment in those eyes that he had not seen earlier.
In a low tone that was barely audible, the soldier said, "I want you to listen to me very carefully."
Douglas Grant is an author whose first novel, Preemptive, was published in 2010. Preemptive is an examination of the lives intertwined by the cause and effect relationship the U.S. had with Afghanistan in the 1980s. His short story, Escalation, addresses lives affected by America's economic downturn in the last ten years. His works are usually narratives in which he comments on the human condition or on social inequity, narratives that often pay tribute to some of the most banal of literature and film genres.
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Book Description iUniverse, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1440198268
Book Description iUniverse, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1440198268
Book Description Iuniverse Inc, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 272 pages. 9.50x6.25x1.00 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1440198268