Abe F. March is an international
business consultant and author, living near Landau, Germany
with his wife Gisela. An active retiree, he enjoys hiking and exploring the local vineyards and can also be heard singing with a regional men’s choir. Mr. March’s career has taken him around the world to work in many areas from his birthplace in the USA to Canada, Europe and the Middle East
His first book, To Beirut and Back – An American in the Middle East,
was published in 2006 and is a memoir of his adventures that took him to Lebanon in the 1970s. Mr. March grew up in York County, Pennsylvania on the family farm, and he served in the USAF
from 1957-61. His business career got underway with the computing sciences division of IBM’s service bureau where he held positions as manager of administration and operations analyst. He later joined an international cosmetic company where he rapidly achieved top distributor status and was promoted to Vice President of Sales Development and Product Marketing Management, an opportunity which took him throughout the USA and into Canada, Greece, and Germany.
With international experience and an entrepreneurial spirit, Mr. March started his own importing business headquartered in Beirut, Lebanon
, for the distribution of cosmetics and toiletries to the Middle East markets. With an ease about him and a talent for developing business relationships, he also functioned as a locator of goods and services sought by Mid-Eastern clients before the civil war in Lebanon
destroyed his successful business enterprise. Mr. March returned to the United States
to start over, and was soon working on an international level once again. His subsequent work involved Swan Technologies, Inc., a personal computer manufacturer in West Germany, and back to the US to work with Stork NV
, supporting a fleet of 1200 Foker Aircraft. He officially retired in 2001.
An American attack on Baghdad leaves heartbroken and angry survivors. Two different families, one Muslim and one Christian, are wiped out in the 2003 raids and their young adult progeny are determined to avenge the loss of their loved ones. An Israeli Secret Service Agent with a grudge of his own, knows just how to tap into the vulnerabilities that grief leaves, and he organizes the training of select men and woment whose desire for vengeance is strong enouh to consider a deadly covert mission in America. Trainees will learn to blend in, disappear in the multicultural mix of the US and then infest the food and water supply
with a deadly flu virus capable of mutating and infecting the human population. The antidote – if it works – will only be revealed under strict demands.
As a part of their indoctrination, mission members must have a deep understanding of the causes of conflict in the Middle East. Peering through the darkness of their grief and hatred, some team members come to realize that they could ultimately be responsible for millions of innocent deaths. Their actions could break the stalemate between the Israelis and Palestinians – or bring unparalleled tragedy.
…Now she expected to endure the same fate at the hands of the security police, as she would have expected in Russia. She bit her lip. Her face took on a determined look. No, she would not give them what they want and they would not break her. Without her knowing it, someone had been sitting in the room observing her. She was startled when the person said,
“Who’s to say I know David Levy?”
“Are you denying it?”
“I simply want to know who is saying that I know him. And why was I abducted?
“I’m asking the questions. You will answer them.”
“I am not required to answer any of your questions. You have kidnapped me and brought me here by force. And why must I remain blindfolded? Are you afraid to show your face?”
“I ask you again, how do you know David Levy?”
“Why do you want to know?”
“You impertinent sow.” He slapped her across the face. Her head snapped back like whiplash. The stinging of the slap was nothing compared to the fury she felt. If only I could get my hands on that person, he would never slap me again, she thought…
Terrorism has always been a realistic threat, but ever since the 9/11 tragedy the American people have seen first hand what terrorism can do – something other countries have been dealing with for quite some time. I was very interested in reading Mr. March’s book and was not disappointed.
One of the most interesting things about this book (to me) is that it takes place in the US – not in some far away land that makes it seem less real (Iraq, Vietnam, etc.) This book focuses on the survivors of an attack on Baghdad by the US and how the survivors are trying to infiltrate the US and get revenge on the average Joe – not something I like to think about.
This book hit very close to home – really, how easy would it be for a group of terrorists to make their way into our society and contaminate the food and/or water with a deadly virus. We are battling cases of H1N1 – what if it was something much more dangerous and much more deadly, and we had no idea where to even begin?
To me, this is a terrorist. Not the militia you see plastered all over the television. The real threat are the people you don’t see, just like the people that we manning th planes during the 9/11 attack. That’s what makes this book so frightening. Just how easy would this be? And if it did happen, what would we be able to do to stop it?
I really enjoyed this book and found it thought provoking. Land of the free, home of the brave. That’s true, but we need to make sure to tread lightly when it comes to invading other countries – how much protection can really be provided to the general public. Are we truly safe? Hopefully this scenario will remain a work of fiction…I for one am counting on it!