Thursday 20 April 2017

Book Blast & Giveaway - Rik's by dhtreichler

Author: dhtreichler
Genre: Thriller (International)

Book Description:
The entire affair began with sheep brains and falafel -- Saddam Hussein's favorite dish.

It is 1990 and in Baghdad two lovers are separated by the impending First Gulf War. CIA operative Rik Bogart is desperately seeking television correspondent Ingrid Johannson -- but is instead picked up by  Saddam’s Secret Police and thrown into Abu Graib -- the Prison of the Dead. Ten years later, he must make a fateful decision after finally reuniting with her -- one that may keep them apart forever. How far would YOU go for your true love?

This iheart-pounding thriller is written by a former international defense contractor who brings incredible realism and thrilling insights into the days leading up to Saddam’s brutal regime downfall and provides a chilling account of life inside the infamous Prison of the Dead.

"It's as much a love story as it is a runaway thriller." Midwest Book Review

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Rik In Abu Graib, the Prison of the Dead -- after 19 months

I fell to my knees and touched the water that beaded up in the dirt of the floor. I set the glass down, carefully and respectfully. I made sure the glass was protected so I wouldn’t spill more accidentally. I then bent down to the water-beaded cup and put my tongue into it. As I broke the tension on the top, real water covered my tongue. I could actually taste the water. It was real! It didn’t taste like mud. It didn’t have the grittiness I’d become accustomed to. How strange such a simple thing could almost overwhelm me.

I heard a voice down the hall. The smiling guard smiled no more. He glanced back at me on the floor. He nodded to me, but the eyes weren’t smiling. I could see the tension around his mouth. My first thought was, he’d just served my last supper.

Maybe Tariq would come tomorrow with the loaded gun to end my days. But the more I thought, the more I realized Tariq wouldn’t waste a perfectly good glass of water. He may have been generous with himself, as evidenced by his favorite charity; but to give someone like me a glass of clean water would have been a total waste of state resources. But like I said, I’d become an expert at analyzing everything from every direction. So, since he wouldn’t waste the water on me, why would he give me clean water but withhold my maggots?

About the Author
As a defense contractor, award-winning screenwriter and novelist, dhtreichler has wandered the world, visiting garden spots and more.  Having lived and worked with our intelligence agents and soldiers, witnessing the conflicts and the turmoil of recent decades, he paints vivid backdrops for his stories. Like him, the men and women he portrays attempt to make sense of our fast-changing world. He has held a lifelong interest in the profound influence of rapidly changing technology on our lives and relationships. Exploring that power (what has changed and what might come) forms an insightful theme of his novels. His stories also reflect the universal desires and fears of real people everywhere.

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  1. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. Thank you so much for the chance!

  3. If you’re unclear on how some Mideast countries got the weapons they are using on their own people, read this book. It provides amazing insights into the process of international arms sales.

  4. Sounds like a nice combo of romance and thriller. I haven't read many books set in the middle east. Would be good to read and learn more.

  5. Sounds like a really awesome book, I love thrillers!! Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Sounds thrilling. lol. Enjoyed the excerpt.

  7. Interesting update. "Everybody goes to Rik's!"

  8. The book description and excerpt sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing. Love the cover too.

  9. were you inspired by Stephen King?

  10. I think its amazing you can incorporate a love story along with insights on the Prison of the Dead

  11. Thanks for the great gieveaway!
    I would really lie to read this book!

  12. Thank you all for your comments. Yes, Casablanca or as Richard Brandr noted originally Everyone Comes to Rick's, was an inspiration for this story. But it is a reflection of the world events of the 1990-2002 era. I hope you enjoy the ride.