With Saddam Hussein deposed and an entire country in need of rebuilding, former Royal Marine John Pierce hears the siren call of adventure and opportunity. His fledgling UK business is struggling to support his young family and he has connections in the Iraqi capital – fate seems to point one way.
In early 2004, Pierce rolls the dice when he jumps into a taxi in Jordan and heads for the turmoil of postwar Baghdad to grab a share of the reconstruction gold rush. But when Iraq spirals into the hell of a full-blown insurgency, he must rely on his wits and his local friends if he’s to evade the rampant bloodshed.
As the action rolls across the blood-stained Iraqi landscape and embraces London’s seedy underbelly, Pierce tangles with the authorities at home and finds himself thrust into the heart of British and American covert operations against Al-Qaeda in Iraq.
Having set out with little more than ambitious goals and an appetite for risk, can a determined ex-bootneck survive the mounting chaos unscathed and succeed in hitting the jackpot?
Jack Leavers is a former Royal Marine with over thirty-years’ experience working in the military, private security, corporate investigations, maritime counter-piracy, and risk management. His varied career has included numerous deployments to conflict zones around the world such as Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, trouble spots in Africa, and the Somali pirate-infested waters of the Indian Ocean. He continues to work in challenging environments and has now begun to pen novels inspired by some of the more enterprising projects that got the green light and other audacious plans that didn’t. When knuckling down to write, he is normally based in London, UK.
Sometimes fiction precedes reality. That is the case with ISIS Begins. A politico-religious thriller first written in 2010, and updated in recent months after Ken’s most recent trips to northern Iraq, it gives readers a ringside seat to a tragedy that never should have happened. Everybody with any involvement on the ground in Iraq, from U.S. government officials to Christian aid organizations to journalists like Ken, knew what would happen once the U.S. pulled out of Iraq.
ISIS Begins takes you on a journey of the heart, bringing alive the sufferings of Iraqi Christians persecuted for their faith by jihadi Muslims. It also unveils the deep corruption and utter cynicism of some career U.S. government officials, who used their power to enrich themselves at the expense of their fellow citizens – while decimating a Christian community that still uses the language of Jesus at home and in church.
“I have spent my life tracking the murderers of yesterday. Ken Timmerman is tracking the murderers of tomorrow.”
“Timmerman names names… We’re going to have to get this book in the hands of a lot of people... Your book is fabulous!
– Rush Limbaugh, on Shadow Warriors
The OTM's contact has been murdered, and John and his teammates become the focus of a manhunt that forces them deep underground.
OTM Director Eric Wise suspects the hacking collective Digital Freedom Alliance might be behind it, but why would a group of hackers be so desperate to out a covert American military group? Unfortunately, Eric has more on his hands. Nancy Smith is determined to find her mother, even if it means killing and torturing Russian spies. And, if that's not enough, Senator Barbara Novak is hell bent on holding the OTM accountable.
Will the OTM find out who's really pulling the strings, or will an old threat plunge the world into all-out nuclear war?