While on the run from the Iranian secret police, CIA officer Titus Ray encounters a group of Iranian Christians. The battle-hardened intelligence officer becomes a believer shortly before being smuggled out of Iran to freedom in Turkey. Back in the States, Titus learns he’s been targeted by a Hezbollah assassin. Now, while trying to figure out what it means to be a follower of Christ, Titus must decide if the couple he meets in Norman, Oklahoma has ties to the man who’s trying to kill him, and if Nikki Saxon, a beautiful local detective, can be trusted with his secrets.
Targeted Age Group:: 35+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was inspired to write this series of Christian thrillers after hearing about the persecution of Christians in Iran. I asked, what if a CIA covert officer met a group of these believers and made a commitment to Christ? How would this battle-hardened member of America’s foremost intelligence agency be able to continue to do what he does best–lie, deceive and commit treacherous acts–while learning to be a follower of Christ?
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I have been an avid reader of spy thrillers since I was eleven years old, and I’ve met all kinds of protagonists in this genre. I’ve also been a Christian for as many years, and I’ve worked with new believers for the past twenty-five years. Thus, my protagonist, is a covert intelligence officer who has become a new believer and, while struggling to survive in his shadowy world of deception and lying, must learn to live out the Christian life.
In far northwest Iran, a few minutes after clearing the city limits of Tabriz, Rahim maneuvered his vehicle onto a rutted side road. When he popped opened the trunk of the car to let me out, I saw the car was hidden from the main highway by a small grove of trees.
In spite of our seclusion, Rahim said he was still anxious about being seen by a military convoy from the nearby Tabriz missile base.
For the first time in several hours, I uncurled from my fetal position and climbed out of the vehicle, grateful to breathe some fresh air and feel the sunshine on my face.
As my feet landed on the rocky terrain, Rahim handed me a black wooden cane. I wanted to wave it off, but, regrettably, I still needed some help getting around on my bum leg.
Rahim slammed the trunk lid down hard. “You can stretch for a few minutes,” he said, “but then we must get back on the road immediately. Our timing must be perfect at the border.”
Rahim and I were headed for the Iranian/Turkish border, specifically the border crossing at Bazargan, Iran. He was absolutely confident he could get me out of Iran without any problems.
However, during the last twenty years, I’d had a couple of incidents at other border crossings—Pakistan and Syria to be precise—so I wasn’t as optimistic.
While Rahim was tinkering with the car’s engine, I exercised my legs and worked out the stiffness in my arms. As usual, I was running through several “what ifs” in my mind.
What if the border guards searched the trunk? What if the car broke down? What if we were driving right into a trap?
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