From the author:
I wrote Fearful Master about five years ago. The Arab Spring was underway but our wars in the Middle East dragged on. I was concerned and not at all optimistic over where all of this was headed.
Over time I sent the novel to scores of agents or publishers, with not the slightest interest shown by any. So I shelved it. Now it's finally in print, thanks to Promontory, but meanwhile its message has become even more disquieting.
Fearful Master - back cover
America is at war in several Middle Eastern states, and anti-Muslim sentiment is everywhere. Jason Currie, a Canadian intelligence analyst, has been assigned to SECOR, Homeland Security's far more powerful replacement. Because of his Lebanese background, Jason is falsely detained with innocent Muslims, but is rescued by his SECOR superior, General Hawk.
While on assignment, Jason discovers that his childhood friend Nabil "Bil" Maron is too compliant with the Administration's hard-right policies. Meanwhile, Miriam, Bil's sister, Jason's ex-lover, and an ardent protestor, has fled to Guadalajara.
Upon their return to LA, Hawk sends Jason to Mexico to lure Miriam back but, before he can help her, Jason is held captive, and is forced to confront the dark and covert world of US anti-terrorism.
Fearful Master is the debut novel from Arthur Lawrence. Through Jason Currie, you will experience firsthand the razor-thin line that divides security and terrorism. Currie's world twists and turns, leaving him caught between two Americas: one founded by freedom; the other controlled by fear.
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