After a lifetime of service around the Middle East, retired diplomat Jason Hartmoor is dying of cancer. He embarks on a last journey back to Lebanon where he studied Arabic as a young man at the Middle East Centre for Arab Studies, the infamous 'British spy school' in the village of Shemlan far up in the hills overlooking Beirut.
Jason wants to rediscover the love he lost when the civil war forced him to flee Lebanon. Instead his past catches up with him with such speed and violence, it threatens to kill him before the disease does. The only man who can keep him alive long enough to face that past is Gerald Lynch.
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About the Author
Alexander is a frequent conference speaker, chair and moderator, particularly on issues around online and digital communications. He is a frequent commentator on developments in the technology and online spheres. When he's not writing books, he's posting half-thoughts and snippets on his blog, Fake Plastic Souks, which he started in 2007 during the Arab Media Forum. The title refers to the 'new' souks of Dubai, so much more convenient and classy than the real ones.
Alexander's first attempt at writing a book was in 2002, when he sat down to write high-tech comedy thriller Space. The book was not seen as a commercial proposition by literary agents and publishers, many of whom took the trouble to point out that humour doesn't sell. Alexander rolled up his sleeves and wrote the critically acclaimed novel Olives - A Violent Romance, a serious work that explores the attitudes, perceptions and conflicts of the Middle East, exposing a European sensibility to the strange and multi-layered world of life on the borders of Palestine.
This was followed by Beirut - An Explosive Thriller, which launched in December 2012. His third Middle East based novel, Shemlan - A Deadly Tragedy was published in 2013.
Although the three 'Levant Cycle' books are by no means a trilogy, they follow a roughly contiguous timeline and share many of the same characters.