Allegory for U.S. Middle East Involvement in Georgiann Baldino’s Novel, "The Acts of Judas"

Georgiann Baldino’s novel portrays the United States’ presence in the Middle East by using the representative figure of American archeologist, Linda Rhodes. Linda’s personality is symbolic of America’s involvement in Arab countries. She focuses on her mission but does not fully appreciate the deteriorating conditions surrounding the expedition. She controls a dig site in Jordan, but nothing in her training or life experience prepares her for the global war on terror.

(PRWEB) February 5, 2005 -- Linda came to the Middle East with the best intentions. Relying on imagination and hard work, she discovers an ancient scroll, penned by Judas Iscariot. But the presence of an Israeli colleague, Professor Gold, incites ancient hatreds. The American students who are also part of the team represent lifestyles that local Arabs see as a heathen and an affront to their beliefs. Radicals reject Linda’s lofty goals, confiscate the relics and take her hostage. Her only chance to leave in one piece depends on the willingness of local people to take a stand against heavily armed terrorists.

Praise for "The Acts of Judas" — “This exhilarating archeological thriller occurs just before and after 9/11. Though the preliminary mischief seems childlike compared to the terrorists' activities and the world scene on 9/11 and afterward, the backdrop of growing distrust and disenchantment in the Middle East provides tension because readers know of the World Trade Center tragedy and the suicide bombings in Israel (and now Iraq). The contents of the Judas "translation" augments a fantastic archeological tale caught in the global war on terrorism.”
Harriet Klausner, Reviewer - 9 stars out of 10

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Treble Heart Books publishes quality fiction and nonfiction from Sierra Vista, AZ. Their Mountain View Publishing division specializes in inspirational works. The Sundowners division has been successful with popular Western publications. “The Acts of Judas,” ISBN 1-931742-84-7, is mainstream suspense from the WhoooDoo Mystery Division, which publishes crime, suspense and thrillers.

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