I live and write in the beautiful Texas Hill Country near San Antonio.  My fiction defines the inner spiritual processes that I believe occur naturally in all human beings.  It features faith-based themes set in the real world, which can be violent.  My characters sometimes use profanity. Each character is realistically portrayed as caught between heaven and earth, not always what they should be, nor what they used to be.  In this way they are like all of us. As I have said before:

“A novel begins with having something to say. Everything that comes next, developing the characters, the plot, the first draft, the editing, the polishing, all follow this. First have something to say, and then start writing.”

 

 

 

 

The Anvil of the Craftsman

A doctoral candidate in Theological Studies accepts recruitment by a friend in the U.S. State Department for an initiative to the most troublesome province in 2006 Iraq. Traveling overseas as a consultant, he knows nothing of the political and cultural difficulties that are to be faced. The many challenges of nation building expand the mission from diplomacy to a survival situation as local and international interests position themselves to oppose a State  Department initiative:  one vital to progress in an uncertain theater.

Terrorism and counter-terror operations threaten to keep the team from leaving the relative safety of Baghdad. Until, that is, a former USAF Special Tactics operative hunting the men who want to kill them draws duty as their protector. The simple questions posed during a tribal council threaten provincial and regional stability; the conclusions reached explode into a clash of faith, loyalty, schism and betrayal that will help shape the future of two nations.

The Anvil of the Craftsman, the debut novel by author Dale Amidei, will be appreciated by fans of a broad range of fiction; from aficionados of the haunting themes of Ernest Hemingway to readers of the tightly woven plots of Tom Clancy and popular titles of authors like Vince Flynn, David Baldacci, W.E.B. Griffin and Richard Marcinko.

 

Dale’s Causes:

A portion of my sales benefits the following causes:

-RBC Ministries
http://rbc.org/

-Wounded Warrior Project
http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

-United Service Organizations, Inc.  (USO)
http://www.uso.org/

-International Rescue Committee
http://www.rescue.org/

-DAV Charitable Service Trust
http://cst.dav.org/

-The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
http://www.aspca.org/

-American Diabetes Association
http://www.diabetes.org/

-American Heart Association
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/#

Author Links:

Home page:
http://www.daleamidei.com/

WordPress blog:
http://daleamidei.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/#!/DaleAmidei

The Anvil of the Craftsman on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006K9Q4W8

On Smashwords:
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/113403#longdescr

On Barnes and Noble:
http://t.co/1kBDdiXL

In CreateSpace paperback:
https://www.createspace.com/3733439

 

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