Journalist Theresa Fuller has epilepsy, but this hasn’t slowed
her search for stories of injustice to broadcast to the world. When she and her
cameraman, Peter Cranston, are captured inside Iraq in August 2002, and
imprisoned by the Mukhabarat–Iraq’s
secret police–she is cut off from her medication. Seizures resume, and dreams
and visions of her childhood in Baghdad begin to haunt her. Tormented by the
relentless Colonel Badr, she is forced to focus on her own father’s death years
before in a Baghdad prison.
The strain of her own captivity and torture is relieved only by
her growing attraction to Tariq al-Awali, the Iraqi captain who took charge of
her capture. The more she learns of him and his family, the clearer her
troubling dreams become, and the more puzzling her past. Before American bombs
begin to fall, throwing Iraq into even darker chaos, Theresa must find a way to
escape the cruelty of Colonel Badr and save those she cares for most.
The 2010 Writer’s
Digest International Self Published Book Award Winner for
Fiction, the 2009 Indie Book Award Winner for Multicultural Fiction, and a 2008
Whitney Award Finalist, The
Reckoning brings home the horrors of political injustice and the
courage that it takes to resist despotism in all its forms. It shows what’s
possible when people are called upon to find the best in themselves during the
darkest of times.