The Anvil of the Craftsman
by Dale Amidei
The Anvil of the Craftsman
Thank you for the opportunity to highlight my new novel "The Anvil of the Craftsman", now available for e-readers at Amazon and Smashwords, with an Amazon paperback coming mid-December 2011. It is a moral defense of the efforts in Iraq, presented in the context of mainstream fiction. It is also a justification of faith as represented in my main narrative character, a young graduate student named Jon Anthony. Conservatives and traditionalists will enjoy my perspective. I hope you have a chance to check it out.
The standard description follows. More information is available on my website at http:www.daleamidei.com. I would be happy to answer any further questions.
Thank you! -Dale Amidei
"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.
Faced with the harsh realities that opposing worldviews bring to bear, all must decide how much they are willing to sacrifice for what each of them believes.
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."
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."