Blood Upon The Sands

Can an American journalist and a Kuwaiti horse breeder unravel a sadistic mercenary’s conspiracy before he brings bloodshed and violence against a stateless, discriminated population?

Writer Evan Davis is back in Blood Upon the Sands a political thriller from bestselling author Sheldon Charles. This time, work takes him to Kuwait under the patronage of affluent horse breeder Hamad Al-Bourisli. Hired to write about modern culture in Kuwait, he finds his calling in the work, as well as kinship with Hamad and intimacy with his beautiful cultural liaison, Najila.

When anonymous reports are left in his quarters, Evan discovers disturbing truths about the stateless Bedoon population. Since the earliest days of the country’s independence, they’ve faced underlying long-term discrimination from the Kuwaiti government which has been largely hidden and ignored for decades. Meanwhile, Maksim Bondreovich, an ex-KGB agent turned mercenary, begins manipulating the political climate in Kuwait to influence public opinion further against the Bedoon. Under the codename Shaytan, he spreads terror and chaos across the country while framing Bedoon citizens for the atrocities.

Time is running out before Shaytan makes his biggest play yet – bombing the Hotel Sultana and placing the blame solely on the disenfranchised Bedoon population. As rising racism and public dissent become more obvious, will Evan go against his friend and employer to see the truth come to light?

As the narrative weaves real-world history and current events seamlessly into an action thriller, Blood Upon the Sands is a gripping story of good men fighting to reveal truth amid rising chaos and hate.

“…it is the caliber of Charles’ writing that makes this espionage thriller so involving. The book’s length is substantial, but once opened, the action and events and premises are so compelling that pausing the experience is not likely. Highly Recommended – Sheldon Charles is a superb weaver of stories! ★★★★★” Grady Harp, San Francisco Review of Books

“★★★★★- …wonderfully written and richly descriptive novel with brilliantly drawn characters. The author weaves a well-crafted political thriller with intriguing twists and turns that will captivate the reader from the first page to the last. Skillfully constructed and set ‘against the bloody backdrop of a country simmering with racial tension’, this book will have you on the edge of your seat!” Piaras Cíonnaoíth, Emerald Isle Reviews

"This thrilling and exotic adventure juxtaposes philosophical dilemmas with nail-biting moments. Charles has created an incredibly vivid world where his characters can play and struggle and learn. This is more than a basic novel of good guys taking down a bad guy; this novel shoots across the bow of systemic and perennial issues that deserve serious attention in the real world. Thanks to Charles’ unforgiving eye for seeking truth, fearless style of expressing hard ideas, and photographic heart that can seamlessly transport readers to far-flung locales, Blood Upon the Sands is a masterful international thriller." Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★★



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