A political thriller about the the Christian genocide in Iraq.The Line in the Sand is the electrifying story of a courageous woman, a TV journalist who decides to make a clandestine visit to northern Iraq investigating a rumor of an enormous oil find that would change the political equations of this war torn country. She finds herself in the midst of an ethno-religious cleansing of Christian Iraqis threatened by terrorists, greedy politicians and corrupted police officials. She is kidnapped, raped, denigrated and held as hostage by a terrorist gang led by a ruthless, former Saddam henchman. This sets off a furious and deadly hunt for her rescue involving a U.S. Army Ranger detachment, her friends in the tiny Christian community and her former bodyguard stubbornly determined to fulfill his obligation. A church is car-bombed during a wedding. The deaths of an entire family and their friends are used as a scare tactic to force people to become refugees and leave their farm lands to be confiscated by greedy men. It is a depiction of one of the numerous churches that have already been bombed in Iraq. Over half of the 1.2 million Christians who lived in Iraq have already left - most to an uncertain existence as refugees in nearby countries. The Line in the Sand is an exciting story based on the true experiences of many Christian Iraqis where kidnappings and beheadings have become daily happenings. The once sophisticated and multi-ethnic, historic city of Mosul with the beautiful River Tigris running through it, part of the backdrop of the story, has become Iraq’s “Murder City,” divided up by the Sunnis, Shiites, Al Qaida and the Kurds with the dwindling Christian population as the victims of their crossfires. The Line in the Sand is a novel that offers a new insight to the tragedy of Iraq. It is an intimate look into some of the contentions that may push this nation into crisis and disaster.
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Nuri Kino has followed the developments in Iraq before the war and now both during and after it. He has not only been to Iraq itself, but also interviewed refugees and authorities in the neighboring countries such as Jordon, Syria, Turkey and Lebanon. He has reported year after year about the consequences of the war in radio reports, TV documentaries, and a series of newspaper and magazine articles. He has helped make major changes in the public’s view of the war and its aftermath. He is, without question, one of the leading investigative journalists, documentary filmmakers and authors in Scandinavia if not Europe. His earlier novel, The Do-Gooders, is now distributed not only in the Scandinavian countries but in Germany as well. Recently he wrote an exciting Swedish best-seller, The Swedish Godfather. Nuri was winner of the European Parliament’s Prize for Journalism 2010. David Kushner is an American journalist living in Sweden. He graduated from Queens College and studied toward an MA at Columbia University under the renowned critic, author and anthologist, Professor John Gassner. He served in the United States Army as a journalist in the Public Information Office (PIO) for the 2nd Armored Division. His articles and interviews also appeared in the U.S. Army newspaper Stars and Stripes. He and a colleague, Lars Malmström, translated four of Ingmar Bergman’s classic films, Smiles of a Summer Night, The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, and The Magician, for an anthology of Berman’s scripts published by Simon & Schuster as Four Screenplays by Ingmar Bergman. He worked as a TV producer/director for Swedish Television and directed some 12 documentary films for them. One of his great loves is sailing and he has written a number of articles in Yacht Racing Magazine and One Design and Offshore Yachtsman. He competed in a number of offshore races and reported on the One Ton, Half Ton and Quarter Ton Cup races as well as the Baltic Race both on film and in print. He and his wife Shoshana travel extensively. He is retired and resides near Stockholm.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 424 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.96 inches. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk1480084921