Terrorists and the Terchova Treasure: In My Brother's Place

Terrorists and the Terchova Treasure: In My Brother's Place

by George Banas


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In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, Joe Legion fights to protect his U.S. family and European relatives from a yet unknown enemy and from former friends who appear to have changed allegiances. Joe sharpens the fighting and survival skills he learned in the Army years earlier when he replaced his brother, who was presumed lost during a special operations mission. As an International Responder on earthquake relief missions in India and Peru before 9/11, Joe encounters individuals and small networks engaged in illegal trafficking in drugs, weapons, nuclear materials, and other contraband. Convinced of their links to larger terrorist groups after the 9/11 attacks, Joe demands authorization from MAGENTA, his former contact in the Pentagon, to disrupt and destroy these small, illegal operations while the U.S. military, FBI, and CIA pursue higher value targets. Joe enlists the aid of friends and family members he had previously organized to hunt for the legendary treasure of Juraj Janosik, the early 18th century Robin Hood and national hero of Slovakia. Joe's "recruits" willingly accompany him to confront dangerous adversaries under dangerous conditions in dangerous places including India, South and Central America, Europe, Russia, North Africa, and Joe's back yard. In solemn tribute to the known and unnamed defenders of the United States from its origin to the present day, the author deftly interweaves the horror of 9/11 with his personal experiences and actual historical events, causes, and consequences that have sometimes shaken our nation, but never defeated it.

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ISBN-13: 9780615910161
Publisher: George Banas
Publication date: 11/11/2013
Pages: 706
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.55(d)

About the Author

George Banas is an early Vietnam-era veteran, and resides in suburban Chicago. He received his Bachelor's degree in Marketing from Lewis University, earned his MBA from DePaul University, and holds a Juris Doctor degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Following his retirement, he was Board Secretary for the local Wildlife Center Foundation and the Library District.

Initial inspiration for his book titled: "Terrorists and the Terchova Treasure - In My Brother's Place" came while traveling with his wife between Tangiers, Morocco and Madrid, Spain on 9/11/01. Like other U.S. travelers abroad on that fateful day, he did not know how soon he would be able to return to the States with all international flights to the U.S. grounded. And, like other travelers, he did not know who the enemy was. Recalling survival skills learned years earlier while serving in the Army, he set about securing the safety of his U.S. family and European relatives. This theme along with several others are interwoven into the fabric of his story of international intrigue and action dating from President Jimmy Carter's administration through George W. Bush's term in office.

The author dedicates his work to all civilian and military defenders of the United States from its inception to the present day. To recognize their contributions in a practical way, Banas donates $1 from each book he sells to the American Legion to help needy veterans.

To date, "Terrorists and the Terchova Treasure" has won two Honorable Mention Awards at the 2013 Hollywood Book Festival against fierce competition, and one Finalist Award in the Fiction/Thriller/Terrorists category of the 2013 Readers' Favorite contest.

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Terrorists And The Terchova Treasure In My Brothers Place 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States fortify Joe Legion’s determination to fight in order to protect his family from the enemy. An illegal trafficking of drugs, weapons, nuclear materials, and other smuggled goods seem to have a strong link to the 9/11 attacks; with permission from MAGENTA, Joe Legion aims to destroy these small, illegal operations. He also enlists the aid of some friends and family members to seek the legendary treasure of Juraj Janosik, the early 18th century national hero of Slovakia. Together, they face deadly enemies while making their way through South and Central America, Europe, North Africa and other continents. "Terrorists and the Terchova Treasure: In My Brother’s Place" is written by George Banas, a veteran soldier who served his country in Vietnam. He was traveling with his wife between Tangiers, Morocco and Madrid when those attacks happened. This book bravely brings back the rude shock and painful experience that the United States suffered on September 11, 2001. The attack on the country provoked the strongest anti-terrorist sentiment not just from the American people, but other countries as well. This is a solemn homage to those who fell on that unforgettable day. The author skillfully entwines his personal experiences and actual historical events. He dedicates this book to the military and civilian defenders of America, for their sacrifices will never be forgotten. I highly recommend this book to all readers, regardless of their level of familiarity with the genre.
Deborah_Thompson More than 1 year ago
George Banas's first novel, Terrorists and the Terchova Treasure: In My Brother's Place, is an ambitious foray into the shadowy worlds of drug and weapons cartels, human trafficking, and governmental duplicity as seen through the eyes of Joe Legion, a Special Forces veteran, disaster relief responder, patriot, and devoted family man. Over the course of his 60-odd years, Legion's exploits in defense of the United States and its citizens have made him the stuff of legend. Banas has created a rich and complex tapestry of geopolitical maneuvering, ethnic animosities, and the global reach of terrorist networks. We follow Legion in a wild ride across Eastern Europe, India, South America, North Africa, and into the American heartland where he repeatedly confronts government operatives and corrupt officials, both foreign and domestic, working to advance the violent agendas of the cartels. Against the backdrop of the September 11th terrorist attacks, Banas shines a spotlight on the growing complacency of Americans as they lose sight of the principles of honesty, courage, hard work, and selflessness that made our country a beacon of hope across the planet. Unlike the modern "heroes" of sports and media celebrities adored by a distracted society for their wealth and questionable notoriety, Joe Legion embodies the qualities of a true American hero as he puts his life on the line in defense of country and family. At a time in our history when an insidious and pervasive malaise seems to permeate our national discourse, and the polarization of our politics has resulted in an "us against them" approach to solving the daunting problems we face as a country, Banas reminds us that there are still those among us who put country before self, who seek always to do the right thing even though it may require the ultimate sacrifice. Judging by the enthusiastic response to this first novel, readers have much to look forward to from George Banas.