In this thrilling prequel to The Benevolent Deception, a young woman vanishes quietly from the busy streets of Durban. Her body cannot be found and no suspects are identified by local police. She soon becomes just another nameless victim of the daily murder crimes plaguing South Africa.
A grief-stricken week later, her devastated father receives a mysterious phone call, offering hope that his daughter lives. She’s a hostage on the island nation of Comoros and the caller demands money in exchange for her safe return.
Discretely engaged by the father, Simon Ashcroft, a former intelligence officer turned security expert, soon discovers the rescue mission he is leading is anything but straightforward. Confronting an army of murderous thugs and a bloody trail of bodies, Simon quickly realizes there is more to this mystery than a simple kidnapping.
Coming head to head with the ruthless financier of a global terrorist organization, a man who will destroy anyone threatening the illicit cash pipeline that funds the world’s cruelest and most barbaric ideology, Simon prepares to do battle with the, so called, Islamic State.
“Simon Ashcroft is a great tough guy character, and I’ve really enjoyed how versatile he is, and the situations he finds himself in.” – Todd Simpson, Top 50 Amazon Reviewer
Combining the adventure fiction of Ian Fleming, Wilbur Smith and Tony Park with the fist-pumping, action of Vince Flynn, Matthew Reilly and Andy McDermott, THE ASSYRIAN CONTRABAND is a fast-paced crime thriller which boasts a breath-taking setting, cinematic action and an impressive cast of diverse and multi-layered characters.