The Marundi Affair is the dramatic story of surgeon Sharon Witt, fighting for the freedom of her estranged husband, whom a corrupt giant pharmaceutical company has kidnapped to silence Sharon’s testimony in court against them. The company warns that if she divulges what she knows about her husband’s situation, or attempts in any way to find and free him, his life will be forfeit.
Unable to admit to anyone that her husband is alive and in hostile hands, Sharon must conduct herself to all appearances as if he has died. One man, however, named Lee Cunningham has suspicions. He attempts to learn the truth, but Sharon dares not even speak to him once she knows what he suspects, afraid the company will connect his future actions with her and kill her husband, and perhaps even herself.
Circumstances make it impossible for Sharon to avoid Lee Cunningham entirely, however, and in spite of her wishes and everything that is sensible, they fall in love with each other. Having to keep him at a distance is painful enough, but even worse, a new development emerges which will make it impossible for Sharon and Lee ever to be lovers even if the threat from the drug company should be resolved and her unfaithful husband is somehow freed.
Unable to work directly with Sharon on a plan he is developing to liberate her husband, and understanding the reason they can never be together, Lee arranges for her to meet international war correspondent Henrietta Masterson, who can serve as an intermediary in case Lee needs to contact Sharon in the key stages of the rescue.
Henrietta is seeking a missing colleague who disappeared under suspicious circumstances in Afghanistan and she was directed to Lee for the possibility of a rescue, but once she meets him, she too falls for him.
Despite being attracted to Henrietta on several levels, Lee admits his overpowering feelings for Sharon and resists all Henrietta’s advances. For that reason, when Henrietta approaches Sharon, she is resentful at first, but the two women become friends when Sharon encourages her not to give up on Lee; if she cannot have him, she wishes both Henrietta and Lee can be happy together.
In time, Lee’s paramilitary force tracks down a possible location of the prisoners, in an African nation newly renamed Marundi, which is caught up in the throes of civil war. Lee will lead the rescue team into the jungle, making use of the fighting as cover, to carry off the operation.
Sharon takes the great risk of traveling to a hospital operated by a human rights group near Marundi, where she prepares to receive the rescued prisoners, including her husband.
There, word reaches her that although the rescue was successful, Lee Cunningham is presumed killed.
Nothing has prepared Sharon for this tragedy. Only now does she understand that Lee was the most important thing in the world to her, and she faces the reality that she should have found a way to be with him despite the barriers that seemed to exist between them, but now it is too late.
The rescue team passes word that another prison camp may be operating in the country, and although it will be a dangerous mission, they offer to brave the fighting to reach it and liberate the second group of prisoners and try to find proof that the drug company has conducted medical experiments upon them.
Sick with grief, Sharon joins the rescue team on this new mission. Her only purpose now is to destroy the drug company by uncovering their atrocities in the prison, whether she survives the operation herself or not. She has no reason to know that the raid will lead to the discovery of Lee Cunningham’s fate.
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About the Author
Stan McCown was born in Texas but as a member of a military family, lived all over the country and North Africa, which brought him a comfort zone with new places. After serving in the Air Force, including a stint on a missile crew in Okinawa, he ended up in Seattle, but has traveled widely since.
Stan has written two complete novels, but having heard tales of ancestors in the Civil War, and after taking up in intense interest in history, he has also written a non-fiction work called The Awful Arithmetic, which is presented in two volumes due to its size. One of the two novels, Allegheny Road, is set during the Civil War on the exact same land Stan’s ancestors occupied in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia from 1749 to 1782.
Two more novels are soon to come, as well as a further non-fiction work on the “lost chances” of the Civil War.