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Poison Heartbeats: A Novel

Poison Heartbeats: A Novel

by Temple Emmet Williams

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Terrorism, born in Africa, comes to America, and Homeland Security must protect its citizens. Poison Heartbeats is a love story, a war-torn romance, written like a thriller.

The book follows the life of a girl born in Afghanistan during the Russian occupation, before the fall of the Berlin Wall. She becomes a U.S. citizen because a CIA operative adopts her and brings her to America, renaming her Holly Smolkes. A beautiful but seriously flawed woman, she falls in love with the director of Homeland Security's "Poison Well" unit, a group designed to stop terrorists who want to poison the water supply of the United States.

Holly Smolkes has a twin brother, left behind in Afghanistan when she was eight years old. He has become a leader of the terrorists.

The author, a journalist, was nominated twice for a Pulitzer in the 1960s for his undercover, investigative series in the New York World-Telegram & Sun called: "I Was A Subway Cop."

He wrote his first book, "Warrior Patient," over 50 years later.

Poison Heartbeats is his third book. It was the winner of the Thriller category at the Next Generation Book Awards at the Harvard Club in New York City. It has an IndieBRAG Medallion and Awesome Indies approval. It has won many other awards, including being the sole medalist in Action/Adventure at the New Apple Book Awards.

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BN ID: 2940156960774
Publisher: Templeworks Properties LLC
Publication date: 10/21/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 306
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Temple’s first book was a best-selling and award-winning memoir called Warrior Patient: How to Beat Deadly Diseases With Laughter, GoodDoctors, Love, and Guts. It received a B.R.A.G. Medallion, and it also won a 2015 Gold Medal at the Reader’s Favorite Book Awards in Miami, Florida.


Temple grew up in Ohio. He was educated at The Hotchkiss School and he attended Yale University.
As a journalist, he was nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize as anWrinkled Heartbeats undercover, investigative reporter for the World Telegram & Sun in NewYork City.

He worked as an Editor at The Reader’s Digest and was the editor-in-chief of an international news magazine in Africa.

He was a creative director at big ad agencies around the world, living in Africa for six years and in Europe almost as long.

He and his wife, Kerstin, who is also his editor, live in Boca Raton, Florida.

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