A Reading from and Discussion of Messenger from Mystery

Presented by Deno Trakas.

Novelist Sterling Watson calls my book “a taut page-turner about love and death on the dark side of international education” featuring a “forbidden affair of an American professor and his sultry Iranian student, the Hitchcockian suspense of men and women on the run for their lives in the world’s most dangerous places, and a cast of supporting players that throbs with life.” The novel is set in Columbia, SC, and Tehran, Iran, during the hostage crisis of 1979-1981, our country’s first confrontation with radical Islam; it opens a back door view of President Carter’s presidency, his handling of the hostage crisis, and the beginning of our forty-year conflict with the Islamic Republic of Iran. This presentation can be adapted to a workshop on historical fiction.

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