I. J. Sarfeh
I've lived among four completely different cultures: Persian, Russian, British, and American. Confusing as hell. So in my late teens and early twenties, I kicked around looking for my place in the world. From yearning to be a professional athlete to a guitarist to an all-around loafer, I finally settled on surgery. Of course, that came as a shock to my parents, who had long given up hope of me doing anything useful with my life. Somehow I managed a successful career as a university surgeon. I belong to numerous medical and scientific organizations, have published extensively in the medical literature, and received numerous awards for excellence in teaching. But most rewarding of all, I alleviated a lot of suffering.
But there was another mountain to climb: fiction writing. Why? I used to tell stories to my three kids before tucking them in bed. Based on my speckled background, those were ad-lib tales, never-ending cliffhangers, that did anything but put the little imps to sleep. Probably prodded by my loving wife, in their later years the children kept asking me why I didn't write novels. So I did.
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Hunting for Tamara
by I. J. Sarfeh
Approx. 63,660 words.
Published on December 22, 2009 by
Masked gunmen massacre a prominent Iraqi family in Baghdad. Dr. Liam Casey, a trusted family friend who had served in Iraq, is recruited by U.S. Army Intelligence to find Tamara Najib, the lone survivor. Following a bizarre trail of clues left by a dead soldier, he finds himself plunged into a web of terror. There are those who are intent on keeping the truth hidden.
In the Name of Islam
by I. J. Sarfeh
Approx. 59,570 words.
Published on December 21, 2009 by
Held captive at an isolated farmhouse, Dr. Morgan Reese is forced at gunpoint to perform surgery on an Afghan calling himself the Holy Imam. Reese soon suspects that the Imam is a threat to national security. Thus begins the deadly battle of wits between the two antagonists. Caught in the crossfire is the Imam’s nurse, Miriam, a devout, nonviolent Moslem.
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