Fast-paced geo-political thriller.
Author has had personal experiences of some of the locations in the book, lending authenticity to the writing
For some, the primary objective is to stop a conflict, for others, the primary objective is to exercise power, but for most, the primary objective is to make money.
Peace International is a New York based global reconciliation and mediation charity that seeks to prevent wars, regional disputes and rebuild civil societies. When a tip comes in that Iran is building a chemical and biological weapons research and production centre, it soon becomes clear that where they're considering building - close to the border with Azerbaijan - could destabilise the Gulf region and beyond.
Selecting a small team of volunteers, they form a task force to collect evidence, entering through a dangerous semi-lawless area in southern Azerbaijan. What they discover is a far more complicated web of challenges than a weapons facility. For PI Operations Director, Edwin Wilson, the mission is his most perilous yet, threatening the lives of his team and the international reputation of his organisation. But for two Iranian men, Fawaz and Jamshid, the stakes are even higher.
Driven by contrasting personal circumstances and life chances, they face difficult choices as they seek different paths to prosperity in a controlling, repressive society that takes no prisoners...alive.
RELEASE DATE 28 January 2021 £ 8.99 ISBN 9781800461109
Distributor: *Orca Book Services. Tel: 01235 465521. Email: [email protected]
Theme subject category: FHP Political / legal thriller
paperback 216x138 mm 496pp Portrait.
A fabulous thriller couldn’t put it down!
Would make a very exciting film.
Look forward to more from this talented writer!
by Elizabeth Atkins
In this fast paced debut novel author Martin Venning reveals a web of intrigue on the Iran Azerbaijani border.
In an ever changing landscape we read how Iranian, Chinese and British interests face up to each other to close down a chemical weapons facility.
Venning writes a great story and this novel is highly recommended.
by Nigel Grizzard
This was an unexpected pleasure a well written, thoughtful and well informed geo-political thriller about a myserteous charity, Peace International and their attempts to thwart and being to public attention a new chemical and biological weapons research and production centre that is being built with Chinese support in a remote part of Iran.
The action is non-stop and the characters well drawn and depicted. There is much about the internal politics of Iran and how they circumvent global sanctions.
The book is long and sometimeS it is hard to remember exactly who is who but the attention span required is rewarded by a lush and satisfying read.
by NetGalley review
There are so many facets to this book and some of them hit uncomfortably closely to truths we perhaps don’t want to acknowledge. The writing style is tight - it’s a long book but no word is wasted. Perhaps some of the characters could have been fleshed out a bit more so their motivations could be better understood, but that is a very minor criticism. This is a book which will appeal to fans of thrillers, political “fiction” and international intrigue.
by NetGalley review
West Yorkshire-based Martin Venning is a project communications and strategic investment adviser working in the property and construction sector with 20 years' experience engaging with businesses in the UK, continental Europe and Asia.
He trained as a journalist as part of his undergraduate studies and writes for pleasure.