The Moment Before: A Novel

New from Amphorae Publishing Group, March 2018

America’s global ambitions are reduced to one father, his daughter, and the two men who seek to reunite them. 

The Moment BeforeTricked by the two people closest to him, Elias Haddad leaves his beloved daughter Cheryl Halia for what he believes is a short trip home to Syria to visit his dying father. Largely ignorant of Middle East politics, Elias is detained upon arrival in Damascus and conscripted into Assad’s army, beginning a forty-year geopolitical odyssey from hell which culminates in his captivity in Guantanamo during America’s post-9/11 War on Terror. 

In her search for her father, Cheryl meets John Veranda, an idealistic lawyer who gives up his family’s land, risks his marriage, and abandons aspirations for his hometown’s future for a relationship with Cheryl neither are fully prepared for.

Stuart Eisenstat, a dedicated federal bureaucrat, thinks he’s doing an old friend a favor when he picks John’s hometown as the perfect site for relocating Guantanamo detainees only to come face to face with the personal cost of America’s global ambitions. 

 

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