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About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.