Summer, is about an Arab Spring uprising in Saudi Arabia led by
fundamentalist Shiite Muslims whose goal is to topple the Sunni Saudi regime
and use its oil riches to hold the West hostage. It's the next in the Sasha Del
Mira series. Sasha, the heroine of Trojan
Horse, is a former concubine to the Saudi royal family who was
recruited by the CIA as an informant, and later as an assassin.
uprisings in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt that brought down Ben Ali, Qaddafi and
Mubarak—dictators who brutally persecuted, repressed and murdered their
citizens—started Arab Spring in 2011. Since then, over a dozen other Arab
states have witnessed at least some level of civil unrest challenging their
governments, including the ongoing civil war in Syria between the al-Assad
regime and opposition forces.
side of the Arab Spring movement has recently surfaced in the form of murderous
acts by Islamic fundamentalists, not against repressive governments, but
against innocents. Islamic militants now control approximately one-third of
Mali and are aggressively moving to take the entire country. Armed Islamic
fundamentalists recently organized the takeover of an international oil and gas
facility in Algeria that resulted in the deaths of over 35 hostages, including
Americans and Europeans.
is considered one of the most stable regimes in the Arab states, but the notion
of an Arab Spring uprising there isn't so far-fetched. Protests, some with 70,000
participants, over anti-Shiite discrimination, labor rights, release of
prisoners held without charge or trial, and for equal representation in key
government offices began in Saudi Arabia in 2011 and continue today.
this: a group of disaffected Shiite Muslim extremists seizes the Grand Mosque
in Mecca—Islam’s holiest site—during the final days of the Hajj, the annual
Muslim holy pilgrimage, and take thousands of hostages. Their leader says that
among them is the Mahdi, the prophesied “Redeemer of Islam” who will drive out
all infidels from holy Saudi soil and lead Muslims into a new era. They
broadcast their demands from loudspeakers on the mosque’s minarets, including ceasing
oil exports to the US and the expulsion of foreign civilians and military
personnel from Saudi Arabia. Saudi forces try unsuccessfully for weeks to
retake the mosque, sustaining heavy casualties. The Saudis ultimately enlist
the help of foreign military forces to drive out the militants.
actually happened in 1979.
something like that does again. Saif Ibn Mohammed al-Aziz, a ruthless
terrorist, leads a Muslim fundamentalist group bent on a bloody coup of the
Saudi Arabian government via an Arab Spring uprising. As a prelude to his plan,
he has Sasha Del Mira’s husband, Daniel, murdered. Sasha comes out of
retirement to avenge Daniel’s death and to help Tom Goddard, her old mentor at
the CIA, stop the plot, putting her face to face with Saif, her former ally—and