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Behind the Green Water
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Publisher:  Hard Shell Word Factory ISBN-10:  0759942994 Type: 


Copyright:  2004

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Hard Shell Word Factory
J M Taylor

In advance of the onslaught of Operation Enduring Freedom, US Army Major Nash Devon is sent into the Northern Iraq Sanctuary Zone on a search for Saddam's weapons of mass destruction where he discovers a nuclear conspiracy that includes America's allies. A thriller with roots in the first Gulf War, Behind the Green Water foretells the crisis between nuclear-capable nations of the Middle East and the religious conflicts that feed the fires of destruction. Behind the Green Water, although fictional, may help you understand the tensions and terror American and Allied forces are trying to keep at bay. An action-filled novel, Behind the Green Water also reveals a new insight into the mystery of Christ and his family.

Behind the Green Water is a military thriller, a story of a man's search for his soul, a romance and a story of survival.

US Army Major Nash Devon, a Carolinian claiming ancestry back to the Croatan Indians and Sir Walter Raleigh's Lost Colony, was a hero and a murderer in the Gulf War, but haunted over the years by his actions. Assigned back to Saudi in enroute to the UN weapons inspection team in Iraq, Devon is shanghaied by US military intelligence and sent to the Northern Iraq Sanctuary Zone for duty with the UN High Commission for Refugees.

Before the launch of Operation Enduring Freedom and the invasion of Iraq, real Devon's mission is to locate a hidden Iraqi nuclear research facility. In his search Devon discovers more than he bargained for: a nuclear conspiracy and an opportunity to have the family he thought he had lost forever. What he really finds will make your faith soar as he follows Renee Granwin behind the green water and together they solve the mystery of the Image of Christ.

Is there a contemporary Image of Christ - contemporary meaning created in His own lifetime? If one exists, who and what would it portray? A majestic man, ruler of all? A humble teacher and his flock? A father surrounded by family and friends? A father surrounded by family and friends? Together, Devon and Granwin discover the mystery of the Image of Christ hidden in Behind the Green Water.

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Behind the Green Water: Barbara Buhrer, MyShelf.Com
Major Nash Devon, North Carolinian descendant of Lumbee Indians and Scotch Irish,is assigned to the UN High Commission for Refugees as an agricultural advisor in Iraq but is really assigned to search for a weapon of mass destruction that the Iraqis may have hidden along the Syrian border.

The military attaché, Houston, assigns him to the job, and his secretary, Birdie Waters, betrays them by relaying this information to Colonel Kahn at the Pakistani embassy. When he arrives at his destination he is at a loss to determine his purpose there. At the site is Renee Granwin, there to bring food to the starving women and children. Devon has a difficult relationship with her. Her true purpose is to locate the Image of Christ, an icon her French archeologist grandfather believed to be hidden in the area. In pursuit of their individual agendas, they experience a belligerent military, aerial bombings, dangerous hidden land mines, and a nuclear explosion.

The author has presented a narrative which the reader can identify with present day events. The portrayal of the plight of the people and the appalling conditions in which they live is vivid. The barren stark land is made very real. The plot is filled with action, treachery, suspense and conspiracy. There is enough adventure and daring-do to satisfy the most demanding reader. Devon could join the ranks of Dirk Pitt and Indiana Jones.

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I have never thought of myself as a thriller fan, but the timely Middle East setting of Behind the Green Water and its fast pace captured my interest from the beginning. The protagonist Nash Devon, an American military officer, is complex, believable, and unlike many inflexible and unfeeling male characters, has heart. The back story comes forth gradually, supplying his motivation and creating his sympathetic personality. The novel satisfies our curiosity in particular about Iraq and reveals why this nation is potentially so dangerous. Yet we also meet some admirable Iraqi people and kind, if often discouraged, United Nations refugee workers. The author clearly has experience with the culture, towns, and countryside of Iraq, as well as Syria and Saudi Arabia, and convincingly describes the military environment and hardware. The intrigue Devon confronts rings true, as well. Surprisingly, the novel develops an undercurrent of spirituality that relates to the title. Devon is on a cruelly difficult mission. Few will be able to set the book aside without knowing if he is successful, and few will be able to stop reading until they know whether Devon and the woman and boy he befriends can all escape their enemies.

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