Anthony H. Roberts graduated from Texas A&M at Commerce, deep in the heart of East Texas where all things are possible, but not all are welcome. His first novel, Sons of the Great Satan, is based on his experience as a teenager during the Iranian Revolution of 1979. As a child Mr. Roberts spent five years exploring the deserts of Saudi Arabia followed by three years as a teenager in Tehran, Iran until the fall of the Shah forced the evacuation of all American expatriates. Born of mixed heritage (Irish and Native American) and having experienced life in Christian, Islamic, and Buddhist communities, Mr. Roberts has always been interested in the commonality of peoples. He has worked as a Civil War archivist, a Litigation Consultant at Pearl Harbor, and as an award-winning story teller at one of the world's largest cattle ranches located on the Big Island of Hawai'i. In addition to his love of writing, he is a professional story-teller for the Paniolo Preservation Society, a 501 (c) dedicated to preserving and promoting the cowboy heritage of the Hawaiian Islands. Calling both Texas and Hawaii home, he spends most of his days on the Big Island of Hawai'i with his lovely Kiwi wife, awesome Cherokiwi son, and his faithful companion, Ziggy the Boxador. Mr. Roberts is currently working on a sequel to SONS OF THE GREAT SATAN and a fantasy trilogy set in Hawai'i.
SONS OF THE GREAT SATAN
From 1975 to 1978 I was an expat American teenager running wild in the streets of Tehran, Iran. My time in Iran is the inspiration for 'SONS OF THE GREAT SATAN'. Two friends from different worlds, Joey Andrews and Farhad Zadeh, fight for survival in an ancient land tearing itself apart. Sex, drugs, rock'n'roll and violent revolution. Take a ride with the SONS.
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Voluntary Nomads: A Mother's Memories of Foreign Service Family Life
on Dec. 30, 2011
I spent the decade of my teen years living abroad so I'm naturally drawn to Nancy Pogue LaTurner's, "Voluntary Nomads" and her description of a life spent traveling the globe in the diplomatic service. The expat world is a unique experience especially for children who grow up in cultures outside of their own. In my opinion it's a broadening one and in the arc of this memoir we watch Nancy and Fred as they raise their two children, Dakota and Tina, from babies to young adults while criss-crossing the globe. "Home" takes many forms: New Mexico, Iran, Cameroon, New Zealand, Somalia, the Dominican Republic, Austria, Bolivia, and finally back to New Mexico. All along the way Nancy deals with the fears and joys of parenthood in addition to the cultural challenges of each exotic locale; sometimes those cultural differences can be amusing and perplexing, and at other times they can be frightening and life threatening. If you've ever thought about what life is like to the international traveler, this book will show you the good, bad and joy of it all.
As a side note, Nancy mentions living next door to Tehran American School when the LaTurner family was posted to Iran. She talks about how the high school kids would throw things out the second story window and clutter up her backyard. When I first heard this story I was quite amused as I was one of those High School students, and sometimes what we threw out of those windows was ourselves. To ditch school we'd jump out the window, fling over the wall and make our escape. It's quite possible that I trespassed in the LaTurner's backyard once or twice. It really is a small world.
For any young person or young couple interested in joining the Diplomatic Corp., this is an excellent book and will give you a first hand account of life abroad. Highly recommended to all world travelers and those interested in a cross-cultural lifestyle.