If you enjoy spy thrillers featuring well-etched characters and European ambiance along the lines of John Le Carré’s, Turkey Shoot might just be your transcontinental cup of sinister tea. But in place of duplicitous spooks you’ll find a murder of terrorists plotting political revolution in a tale told entirely from their divergent communitarian perspectives. Each of the dirty half-dozen has his or her own idea of what a better world would look like but assuredly concurs that this one needs a clean sweep.
Their new recruit Mahmoud al Ramadi, fresh from battling ISIS in Syria, has lurched across Turkey and floated to Greece. There, in the port city of Piraeus, the Iraqi ex-engineering student adopts terrorism—or more precisely, the terrorists adopt him. The ambitious operation they have plotted will, he is informed, decimate the power elite and inspire revolution around the globe. Having vowed payback for war crimes that orphaned him, the devout Iraqi accepts the mission as his jihad. His thousand-mile odyssey from war-torn Mosul to strife-ridden Athens and part way back tests his metal, his wits, and his abiding faith.
But within days of meeting his new leader and comrades, authorities thwart their diabolical plot. Rudderless and homeless, they dejectedly regroup, only to have the men’s fragile camaraderie tested by a woman, a winsome infidel anarchist who steals Mahmoud’s vulnerable heart and worms her way into their midst. With scant resources beyond an unwitting accomplice’s generosity and a computer hacker’s dark arts, they instigate an impetuous plan to take down an autocratic head of state.
You’ll enjoy the action, the team’s interactions and their plucky ingenuity. How you’ll feel about their rogue operation and its dénouement depends on who you are, where you sit, and what you stand for, but it could be complicated. All that Mahmoud experiences edits his articles of faith and just might edit some of yours.
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About the Author
His years of observing liberation movements empowered Geoff to craft a believable cast of radical activists and convincingly animate their interactions. His early days as an urbanologist and cartographer equipped him to vividly portray cities and landscapes far from home. But what most moved him to complete the three-year project was pent-up outrage over the sorry plight of refugees from war zones. Displaced by homegrown bullies and gratuitous military adventures that shattered their lives, they become objects of fear and loathing. That some turn to violence ought not to surprise. Turkey Shoot turns the genre inside out to reveal what motivates so-called evildoers to confront empire and injustice. Call it literary blowback. Find it at online bookstores everywhere and at Perfidy.Press.
When erstwhile geek Geoff Dutton abandoned his career as a technical communicator, he reformed himself by unlearning expository writing and struck out to write whatever suited his fancy. Having spent the prime of his life telling computer users what the should and should not do, he made up for lost time by peering into the dark side of high tech to expose those who deploy it as a weapon of societal destruction. Aside from publishing his troublesome findings at progressivepilgrim.review and at counterpunch.org, the project closest to his heart has been birthing the novel Turkey Shoot, which also explores dark digital recesses, only from a black-hat perspective. Being a long-time student of the politics of liberation helped Geoff to craft a convincing cast of radical activists and animate their interactions. His early days as an urbanologist and cartographer equipped him to limn vivid portrayals of cities and landscapes far from home. But what constantly motivated him to see through this three-year project was pent-up outrage over the sorry plight of refugees from war zones whose lives have been shattered by homegrown bullies and gratuitous military adventures, only to become displaced objects of fear and loathing. Turkey Shoot turns the thriller genre inside out to reveal what motivates so-called evildoers to confront empire and injustice. Call it literary blowback. Find it at online bookstores everywhere and at Perfidy Press.