Mother City: Mayhem in Paradise (Paperback)
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by Starner Jones
A multi billionaire's search for his missing son uncovers a jihadist kidnapping ring whose evil network spans the globe.
Nathan Goldwyn, the special needs son of multibillionaires Jack and Carmen, enjoys a life of comfort until he is abducted by a global jihadist kidnapping ring. An international standoff ensues when children of various faiths and nationalities are corralled into a cargo ship and sent to a geopolitically important choke point known as the Strait of Hormuz.
In a race against time, and with little help from Washington or Tel Aviv, the Goldwyns recruit a team of counterterrorism experts to thwart an evil plot spawned by antagonist Imam Faisel Rauf and his sinister protégé, Asram al-Munir.
Mother City leaves readers with a coldly objective impression of the postmodern world where danger lurks at every turn, even in unexpected places, and where unilateral actions beyond state control may indeed constitute the most effective way to protect the West.
“A fast-paced thriller, Mother City takes readers from Cape Town to Washington, Jerusalem, and the Persian Gulf in the fight against global terror. Well researched and provocative, readers will understand what policymakers and counterterrorism specialists already know: what newspaper headlines say and what the real world is are often two very different things.”
— Michael Rubin, PhD, Foreign Policy Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
“Human trafficking is the slavery and women’s issue of our time, and the great twenty-first century human rights issue. Defenders of the status quo who speak of ‘sex work’ are no different from people who spoke of ‘servants’ and ‘field hands’ when seeking to mask the evils of African chattel slavery. Starner Jones’ gripping debut novel rips the mask from our eyes, and helps move us towards a spirit of abolitionism that will rescue tens of millions of the world’s most oppressed humans.
If, as should be the case, the hallmark of the twenty-first century will be the emancipation and empowerment of women, authors like Jones will lead the way to that goal. Mother City offers its readers yet further value. It highlights the extent to which radical Islam poses a threat to the hopes and values of us all—Christians, Jews, Muslims, and atheists alike. Bravo, Starner Jones.”
— Michael J. Horowitz, LLB, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
“A deftly plotted thriller set in Cape Town’s Muslim quarter, Mother City focuses on how a chance kidnapping of a special needs son of an international Jewish multibillionaire unravels a jihadist plot to use children to extort Israeli recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state. Brutal realism, disdain for established political leaders, grievances long nurtured by those injured in past Israeli military actions, and skillful use of special forces recruited from around the world meld into a story that races to its satisfactory conclusion. But paradoxically, success leaves the victors convinced that unilateral actions outside state structures constitute the only way to protect the future of the West. This is Realpolitik thinking with an edge in a world where decisive action from governments is always problematic.”
—Samuel R. Williamson, Jr., PhD, Member, International Institute for Strategic Studies (London)
“Starner Jones has written an important and timely novel that illuminates the most pressing human rights issue of our day. Perhaps his greatest achievement in writing Mother City is to show readers how personal and dangerous the War on Terror has become in a world where global leaders are reluctant to fight radical Islam with the same force used by freedom’s most capable foe.”
—Paul A. Clarin, Publisher, Key West Citizen
“From the author of Purple Church comes an entirely different and more impressive yarn. Mother City is an espionage thriller and intense character study rolled into one. Tightly-woven prose and razor-sharp dialogue yield a novel as riveting as any I’ve read in recent years.”
—Paul Ruffin, PhD, Publisher, Texas Review Press
“Outstanding insight, hard to put down.”
—Major General Greg Gile, USA (Retired)About the Author
Starner Jones is an award-winning author and physician. His novella, Purple Church, won the 2011 George Garrett Fiction Prize.
Mother City is his debut novel.
- Paperback: 302 Pages
- Publisher: WND Books (October 17, 2017)
- Language: English
- Dimension: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
- ISBN-13: 978-1-946918-06-2