The Messenger

The Messenger

by K. M. Deal




The prologue of The Messenger begins with a funeral in Decatur, Georgia. A man observes from a distant hilltop. He is known throughout terrorist networks as Al Ustadh, the Teacher. Born in Egypt and educated at Oxford, he is as comfortable in London and New York as in Cairo.

The story begins one month prior to the funeral. Dr. Sami Nasser, a Palestinian born neurologist practicing at Emory University Hospital, is passionately involved in his work and married to a beautiful American woman. The Teacher is his nemesis, a man who craves violence as much as Sami abhors it.

As the plot unfolds, the beliefs and experiences of both men reveal a radically divergent interpretation of Islam. The Teacher dispatches three acolytes to extract information from Sami-at any cost. Khalid ibn Ali is the messenger. Haunted by self doubt and past shame, he is determined to prove himself worthy of command. Mahmoud, rescued from the squalor of Beirut, pledges allegiance to his benefactors in Hezbollah. Abdullah, bred in the mountains of Yemen, vows to avenge the destruction of his tribe.

The ensuing action takes place in Decatur, GA, historic Savannah, and the exclusive enclave of Haig Point on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina. A brutal murder triggers a frantic chase up I-95 and culminates in an explosive climax in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608300709
Publisher: Champion Writers
Publication date: 01/31/2012
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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The Messenger 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. Scared me to death. Well written. good read
JSpencerDreischarf More than 1 year ago
THE MESSENGER is a sensory spree-for-all. K.M. Deal splattered blood in my face as I screamed “No, not her!” and dropped me into lung-bursting chases akin to Cary Grant’s broken-field dash from the evil biplane in NORTH BY NORTHWEST. She ping-ponged me over the Atlantic to locations comfortingly familiar (aim your GPS at Duck, NC's sea-oats sprinkled dunes) and excruciatingly exotic (approaching dawn from an Amman rooftop, aromas of lemon trees and jasmine, the moon glowing off of soaring minarets—exquisite!). My belly rumbled whenever Deal served up scrumptious delicacies—cheddar burgers and fries at Clark’s in Georgetown, MD, cold beer at Swampside Mary’s on Daufuskie Island, SC, cucumber and smoked salmon with fresh cream scones in the London Ritz (seconds please!). And then she entrapped me in a conspiracy to slaughter infidels by the mall-full, spearheaded by a spiritually motivated mastermind and minions ranging from vengeful and guilt-ridden to creepy and horny. I fretted that a culture-torn neurologist, his eyebrow-arching shotgun-toting wife, and an FBI desk jockey might not be up to matching wits with such driven nemeses. And how would that Savannah lesbian artist fit in? (Perfectly, by any standard!) Amidst the chaos, Deal set me up with tender family moments followed by sweaty trysts of the most sensuous kind (smoke ‘em if you got ‘em, or slap on a nicotine patch if you don’t). AND by THE MESSENGER’s final climax, I was satiated—all of my senses had tingled (often jolted) from prologue to epilogue (and yes, I admit dog-earing SPECIAL pages for ease of re-savoring…mmmm)…But now, K.M. Deal, you’ve hooked me, so your second installment to this budding series better be on my reading list soon, OR ELSE! You’ve been warned.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Creative and descriptive; The Messenger is a great beach read that thrills the audience. The locations and descriptions are so detailed!
pdd More than 1 year ago
Wow! A page turner!! Descriptions of life in the middle east were terrific.