While vacationing with his family in Europe, businessman Benjamin Sager is assaulted and abducted, awakening in a small cell occupied only by another captive American. Ben’s senses send him reeling into his own past; to a place both exhilarating and terrifying. As Sager struggles to determine where he is and why he and his cellmate are being held, Christopher Falen, a covert agent of the CIA offshoot, Unit 1, uncovers a disturbing pattern of unexplained American tourist disappearances, seemingly vanishing without a trace.
Two paths cross as Falen’s investigation and Sager’s desperate will to survive draw them both into the deadly web of the Shield of Darius. A timely and relevant thriller, The Shield of Darius takes the reader on a journey through the maze of international espionage and politics between the United States and the Middle East and poses the question: Who can be trusted?
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Allen Kent was born in Washington DC, but has lived west of the Mississippi since his family moved to California when he was less than a year old. Four years of his life were spent living in Iran and England, and he has traveled and worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia – experiences that are reflected in his writing. His career includes five years as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, employment with one of the nation’s leading semi-conductor industries, presidency of a community college, and a university professorship. He and his wife Holly are avid travelers, gardeners, and conservationists, and live in an eco-friendly home in rural southwest Missouri.