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Sweating under the midday sun, Jamal Najib peered over the doghouse, a dead Doberman sprawled at his side. The deafening gunfire had ceased, and he crouched back down. He removed his backpack and lifted up his shirt to inspect the bullet wound. Thanks to Allah, it was only a graze.

His life was spared for a reason, he thought. He must inform the world of the horrifying events he had just witnessed.

Sensing a movement to his right, he twisted around to see Tamara crawling toward him. She carried an infant under her arm, and her clothes were splattered with blood. He crept to her, took the infant, and whispered, "Allah has spared your life too, my dearest cousin."

She did not respond.

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Hunting for Tamara
by I. J. Sarfeh
ISBN-10: 0-9789704-5-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-9789704-5-1

About this Book

In Baghdad, masked gunmen massacre a prominent Iraqi family. U.S. Army Intelligence recruits Dr. Liam Casey, a trusted family friend, to find Tamara Najib. As the lone survivor of the mass murder, Tamara has disappeared.

Casey, a former military surgeon who had served in Iraq, is a victim of post-traumatic stress. Now a recovering alcoholic, he is desperate to put his life back together.

Before he embarks on the quest, an enigmatic and strong-willed woman, Lilly Jones, befriends him. Who is she, and why is she so intent on helping him? Attracted to her and needing companionship, Casey accepts her help.

Racing against the clock and shuttling between Iraq, the United States, and England, they find themselves plunged into a web of terror by those who will do anything to keep the truth hidden.

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About the Author

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Dr. Sarfeh is a professor of surgery who currently resides in southern California. He's lived among four completely different cultures: Persian, Russian, British, and American.

Having lived in the Middle East, having witnessed much carnage as a former trauma surgeon, and having worked with war veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress, he put all that knowledge together to form the basis of this novel.

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In his third novel, Hunting for Tamara, Dr. I. J. Sarfeh blends his knowledge of trauma surgery and the Middle East—where he has lived—as well as his experience in working with military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress. Using that background, he creates a fast-paced tale of the frenzied hunt for the lone survivor of a mass murder in Iraq.

In Baghdad, masked gunmen massacre a prominent Iraqi family. U.S. Army Intelligence recruits Dr. Liam Casey, a trusted family friend, to find Tamara Najib, the lone survivor. As a former military surgeon who had served in Iraq, Casey is a victim of post-traumatic stress and a recovering alcoholic. Before he embarks on the quest, an enigmatic and strong-willed woman, Lilly Jones, befriends him. Who is she, and why is she so intent on helping him? Attracted to her and needing companionship, Casey accepts her help. Together they follow a trail of clues left behind by a dead British soldier. The clues: a woman's grave in Southern California; the ramblings of a demented man; a cross carved on a tree; a photograph of a six-year-old boy named Jake; and Devil's Chimney, a landmark in western England. The perilous quest finds them fighting for their lives.

Hunting for Tamara explores the horrific chaos of Baghdad, the soldiers who fight it, the innocents who suffer through it, and the opportunists who exploit it. The characters are chosen carefully to portray the effects of war on individuals with vastly different backgrounds. Their inner selves are exposed during the explosive climax of the tale.

Hunting for Tamara was published by Foremost Press. It can be ordered through local bookstores and at ForemostPress.com, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com.
ISBN 10: 0-9789704-5-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-9789704-5-1
256 pp, $14.97

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