Friday, June 11, 2010
M.H. Sargent--OPERATION SPIDER WEB
I started writing with weekly newspaper while I still in college. I also started writing spec screenplays. Over the years, I had a good many scripts optioned, but never produced. However, the payment of those options allowed me to keep writing.
Then when the Iraq war started, I was intrigued with the idea, what are the Iraqi people thinking? From that came my first thriller set in Iraq, "Seven Days From Sunday." It centers around an elite 4-man CIA team a local Iraqi family. My second book, "The Shot To Die For" has the same Iraqi family and CIA team caught up in another adventure.
"Operation Spider Web" is the third book with the CIA team. Now stationed in Kandahar, Afghanistan, they get a tip that if NATO soldiers eat at a Kandahar City teahouse on a specific date, they will be contacted about impending Taliban movements. With accurate intelligence on the Taliban hard to come by, two agents have lunch at the appointed time.
This one act sets in motion a chain of events that will forever change the lives of one Afghan family and pit two countries with nuclear weapons capability – Pakistan and India – on a devastating collision course.
Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
When it comes to the war, most of us get our information about this ongoing current event from newspapers or TV news. This book allows readers to get a glimpse into the lives of the Afghani people, their culture, their hopes and fears.
Q: Why did you go indie?
I couldn't get anywhere with my two thrillers set in Iraq. I was told time and time again by literary agents that it was an unpopular war, started by an unpopular president and no one would be interested in stories set there. The same was true when I submitted "Operation Spider Web" to agents, although by then we had a new president who had just authorized a substantial increase in the number of troops to Afghanistan. I had a friend who told me about Kindle and suggested that I self-publish the books with Amazon and let the readers decided if the topic was good or not. And the results have been very gratifying – people are reading the books and I've gotten a lot positive feedback.
Q: Who are your favorite authors in the suspense, mystery, horror, and thriller fields?
Vince Flynn, Daniel Silva, Brad Thor and Harlan Coben.