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A Forgettable Man

This novel is the story of David, an American photojournalist, targeted to become a martyr by revolutionary ‘friends’ in a dysfunctional, immediately pre-Arab Spring, tin pot dictatorship. The front-story reveals a tense intellectual and emotional struggle to cope with the treachery, to accept that he must act and then to do so. The events take place across one day; the clock is ticking; this is a thriller.

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This novel is the story of David, an American photojournalist, targeted to become a martyr by revolutionary ‘friends’ in a dysfunctional, immediately pre-Arab Spring, tin pot dictatorship. The front-story reveals a tense intellectual and emotional struggle to cope with the treachery, to accept that he must act and then to do so. The events take place across one day; the clock is ticking; this is a thriller.

The narration is inter-cut with the story of his childhood in the American Midwest and his efforts to escape his cultureless, unloving and oppressive family and city. He strives as a child to comprehend the world around him, to make sense of the senseless violence meted out against him by his brother and others, to cope with his father’s silence and frequent hostility, to deal with an on-going illness, to grasp all the knowledge he can, and to become a photographer as a way of finding redemption.

TESTIMONIALS

“For once, I’ll talk about a book I read…This is an amazing book…it makes for very, very intense reading.

The author is originally a photographer and he often succeeds in describing and making you visualize a scene, engraving it in your head forever. Some of those images, and I mean images, are going to stay with you for some time after you turn the last page of the book. The childhood story and the shooting scene in Bosnia are both captivating. So, if you have no idea for a present for a person close to you, or if you simply want to read a good (and surprising) book.. Go and buy it now!

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