I lived and worked in Saudi Arabia and this expericence helped me write my book, Men of Thorns. I grew up in Spokane, Washington but after college I lived in Las Vegas and from there flew to Australia with no return ticket.I hitchhiked and traveled nearly every inch of Australia. I got a job with an American Oil Company while living in Perth, Western Australia and the next thing I knew I was in Southern Louisiana working offshore on the oil rigs. The Cajun way of life was fantastic but not the living and working offshore. I left the oil patch and headed to Houston. I used my experience to land a position with an international shipping company that dealt with military and government contracts worldwide. I was based in Dammam, Saudia Arabia, but from there my work and business allowed me to travel to Africa, South America, Europe,the Far East, and extensively throughout the Middle East. At times it felt a long way from the wheat fields of Spokane, Washington and the little kid who used to dream of far away places. No matter if I was standing on the top of Ayers Rock,fighting through a sand storm in the middle of the Saudi Arabian desert or marveling at the beauty of the Serengeti plains in Kenya,the ten year old with holes in his jeans and a dirty baseball mitt was never far away. I survived some wild adventures and was lucky to find my wife. I'm married, and have two great sons and two grandsons. I'm now proud to call Oregon my home
Men of Thorns
by Thomas Upadin
A powerful Saudi Arabian leader and a corrupt American politician condemn an innocent American businessman to a brutal death in Saudi Arabia because he discovered their secret.
Four friends have three days to save his life. They must break him out of jail, hide him, and smuggle him out of Saudi Arabia. Their plans collapse and the hodgepodge group becomes the hunted in a race for their lives.
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