Devon sometimes wished he were back in the Carolina swamps puffing his grandpa's pipe instead of tromping the Iraqi deserts and mountains with the French woman. But his Grandma told him to follow the eagle and watch out for the crow, and the mountains of Iraq are where the hawk led. But why was the crow cawing so loud, Devon wondered, as the Iraqi sighted down the barrel of the AK?
US Army Major Nash Devon, a Carolinian claiming ancestry back to the Croatan Indians and Sir Walter Raleigh's Lost Colony, was a hero and a murderer in the Gulf War, but haunted over the years by his actions. Assigned back to Saudi in enroute to the UN weapons inspection team in Iraq after the first Gulf War, Devon is shanghaied by US military intelligence and sent to the Northern Iraq Sanctuary Zone for duty with the UN High Commission for Refugees.
Dispatched to Iraq before the launch of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, Devon's real mission is to locate a hidden Iraqi nuclear research facility. In his search Devon discovers more than he bargained for: a nuclear conspiracy and an opportunity to have the family he thought he had lost forever. What he really finds will make your faith soar as he follows Renee Granwin behind the green water and together they solve the mystery of the Image of Christ.
Like Brown's fictional Da Vince Code and Starbird's Lady with the Alabaster Jar, Desert Winds' secrets lead to a startling presumption about Christ and his family. Desert Winds is a military thriller, a story of a man's search for his soul, a romance and a story of survival. The curious reader can discover the biblical history of the fictitious tablet in "The Image of Christ," now included in both the print and eBook editions of Desert Winds.
This novel was set before the 2003 coalition invasion of Iraq and the overthrow of Saddam's regime, but the tragedy of the country and, more importantly, of its peoples, is being played out again in 2014. Persecution of the Kurdish, Yazidi, Jewish, Christian and Islamic religious minorities and sects, and the devastation of property by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in what was once called the Northern Iraq Sanctuary Zone across Irble (spelled Arble on many maps), Mosel and the Sinjar mountains as described in the novel is heartbreaking. The locations are familiar to many of our service members who served across Iraq, and can be traced on the Iraq maps. Too many of our men and women were, and may continue to be casualties in the conflict,
REVIEW: J. M. Taylor’s novel, Desert Winds may surprise you. Taylor’s rich imagery of desert battles will not only paint a vivid picture but will actually leave you tasting the sand and feeling the heat of the desert as you read and connect with the soldiers and people in this far away land.
The story of US Army soldier, Nash Devon, adds unique interest as you read about his Croatan Indians ancestry’s impact on his life. This is not just another war story. The author interlaces Devon’s, here-and-now days in the Middle East, with family, faith and duty.
Desert Winds is well-written, not just for men but for women to enjoy, too. This novel is filled with mystery, conspiracy, love, and action. Guaranteed to entertain you.
Chris Coad Taylor, author of Secrets of Havenridge (and not related to J.M. Taylor)
From a reader: "...In pursuit of their individual agendas they experience a belligerent military, aerial bombings, dangerous hidden land mines, and a nuclear explosion. The author has presented a narrative which the reader can identify with present day events. The portrayal of the plight of the people and the appalling conditions in which they live is vivid. The barren stark land is made very real. The plot is filled with action, treachery, suspense and conspiracy. There is enough adventure and daring-do to satisfy the most demanding reader. Devon could join the ranks of Dirk Pitt and Indiana Jones."
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Desert Winds is a significant revision of Behind the Green Water, originally published by Hard Shell Word Factory. Desert Winds is now available at Amazon.com in paper and Kindle editions.