Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Pyrrhic Rendition - Seth James

After serving as a non-commissioned officer in the US Army Infantry, Seth James attended Rutgers University, where he graduated with honors, taking a degree in English and History. Following graduation, Seth took a position with a major journal publisher. The author of five novels, some of which can be found in Amazon's Kindle Store, Seth has found his treatment of controversial topics and mid-list literary style a good fit for the indie book movement.
Product description:
 American journalist Ianthe Van Alt came to Egypt's Sinai peninsula to investigate the cross-border tunnels into Gaza, to forget what happened to her in New York four months ago, and to forget William. What she found was an escapee from Cairo's infamous Torah Prison, an escapee with a story about the CIA dragging a businessman in to be tortured. Tales of the US government using Extraordinary Rendition for purposes other than terrorism had surfaced from time to time, but this one was different: a crafty guard had taken a photograph proving it all. But more than a cell phone pic convinced Ianthe of the story's authenticity: as soon as she returned to Cairo, the murders and kidnapping attempts began as the full weight of the US government came crashing down around her, desperate to smother her investigation before it unveiled a truth so dangerous it could tear the Administration from power.

Now, Ianthe is on the run, seeking the crafty guard and his photo, pursued by the private military contractors the Administration sent to capture her; behind her, William, a former Foreign Service Officer and Ianthe's ex-lover, sent by her paper to investigate her disappearance. No one knows her or her methods better than William Kennan; no one is more likely to track her down; but will he find her in time, help her gather the evidence of the Administration's crimes, to impeach the President, or will he unwittingly draw her hunters down upon them both?

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?  The characters, I hope.  True, the book is timely and discusses important issues, but I think the characters’ personalities, their struggles, and the love story are at least as interesting as fleeing mercenaries and bringing down a President.
Q: Why did you go indie?  The one thing I heard most often from agents and editors who rejected The Pyrrhic Rendition was, “Good writing, too political.”  I suppose if you, gentle reader, don’t call Enhanced Interrogation Techniques torture or find reprehensible the circumvention of US law via Extraordinary Rendition then you too may think it’s too political.  But is there a more natural paring than indie and too political?
Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?   It might sound funny, since The Pyrrhic Rendition is a thriller with mystery/spy novel elements, but I’d have to say John Steinbeck and Upton Sinclair: taking on the controversies of one’s age has always been the purview of fiction—and no one did it better than those two.

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