In They Plotted Revenge Against America, an American attack on Baghdad leaves heartbroken and angry survivors. Two different families, one Muslim and one Christian, are wiped out in the 2003 raids and their young adult progeny are determined to avenge the loss of their loved ones. An Israeli Secret Service Agent with a grudge of his own, knows just how to tap into the vulnerabilities that grief leaves, and he organizes the training of select men and woment whose desire for vengeance is strong enouh to consider a deadly covert mission in America. Trainees will learn to blend in, disappear in the multicultural mix of the US and then infest the food and water supply with a deadly flu virus capable of mutating and infecting the human population. The antidote - if it works - will only be revealed under strict demands.
As a part of their indoctrination, mission members must have a deep understanding of the causes of conflict in the Middle East. Peering through the darkness of their grief and hatred, some team members come to realize that they could ultimately be responsible for millions of innocent deaths. Their actions could break the stalemate between the Israelis and Palestinians - or bring unparalleled tragedy.
As our special guest blogger, I asked author Abe March to discuss the premise behind his new political thriller. Here is what he had to say:
With my story, They Plotted Revenge Against America, I attempt to show in a simplified manner through the eyes of its characters, how the unresolved dilemma between Israel and Palestine perpetuate “acts of terrorism”. America’s engagement and support of activities that continue to foster hatred between the parties is evidenced by its actions. The history of all events could not be addressed, but rather the consequences of this unresolved dilemma that lead to retaliation. The subject of terrorism is normally seen as something to defend against and portray those who commit “acts of terror” as evil people. The focus of this book is to understand the actions that cause these events, as seen through the eyes of the freedom fighter/terrorists seeking revenge.
What does the average American know about the M.E. problem? Do they read to learn about the issues involved? Do they really care? The problems were primarily “over there” until 9/11 brought the reality home. With more understanding about the cause, and not just the effect of terrorist activity, change can occur. Realizing that people living under occupation over a prolonged period of time will seek a means to lash out in retaliation, can assist with understanding and initiate a greater resolve to end the stalemate. America wants to be seen as an “even handed” broker in finding a solution, however it is viewed by those oppressed as one-sided with its unqualified support for Israel, even ignoring the rule of law.
My story, expressed in dialogue by the members on their mission of revenge, question why UN Resolutions are not enforced against Israel but are enforced against other countries. The invasion of Iraq further damaged America’s image and reinforced the belief that America’s foreign policy is controlled by Israeli influence.
This book considers a new weapon, with greater devastation than any mechanical weapon previously used that could reach the heartland of America. Awareness of this potential threat is needed to defend against it, but more importantly, to defuse the need for such an act to occur.
Trying to write a well-balanced book was difficult. I let the characters speak their mind. They reflect a change of attitude once they realize that the average American is either ignorant or naïve when it comes to actions taken by their government.
About the author:
Abe F. March is an international business consultant and author, living near Landau, Germany with his wife Gisela. An active retiree, he enjoys hiking and exploring the local vineyards and can also be heard singing with a regional men's choir. Mr. March's career has taken him around the world to work in many areas from his birthplace in the USA to Canada, Europe and the Middle East.
His first book, To Beirut and Back - An American in the Middle East, was published in 2006 and is a memoir of his adventures that took him to Lebanon in the 1970s. Mr. March grew up in York County, Pennsylvania on the family farm, and he served in the USAF from 1957-61. His business career got underway with the computing sciences division of IBM's service bureau where he held positions as manager of administration and operations analyst. He later joined an international cosmetic company where he rapidly achieved top distributor status and was promoted to Vice President of Sales Development and Product Marketing Management, an opportunity which took him throughout the USA and into Canada, Greece, and Germany.
With international experience and an entrepreneurial spirit, Mr. March started his own importing business headquartered in Beirut, Lebanon, for the distribution of cosmetics and toiletries to the Middle East markets. With an ease about him and a talent for developing business relationships, he also functioned as a locator of goods and services sought by Mid-Eastern clients before the civil war in Lebanon destroyed his successful business enterprise. Mr. March returned to the United States to start over, and was soon working on an international level once again. His subsequent work involved Swan Technologies, Inc., a personal computer manufacturer in West Germany, and back to the US to work with Stork NV, supporting a fleet of 1200 Foker Aircraft. He officially retired in 2001.