The Iranian Connection: A Novel of Geopolitics, Industrial Espionage, and Entrepreneurship
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By nearly every measure, Cameron Ash (nickname Cash) is a success. Handsome and charismatic, he developed Cameron Industries into a $400 million international powerhouse. His wife and children love him unconditionally and crave his companionship. His management team protects his life even if it endangers their own.
Inside, though, Cash is consumed by rage and hungry for revenge. As a teenager, the explosion of Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland took the lives of his parents. Twenty-five years later, his drive to find the man behind this act of terror is stronger than ever.
When Cash sells Cameron Industries to save his marriage and devote his life to philanthropy, he's blindsided by another tragedy that plunges him deeply into despair. His thirst for answers and his desire for revenge multiply. His attempt to turn his life around is complicated by an unexpected lover, a mysterious stalker, an assassination team, an Alabama restaurateur, and his devious father-in-law.
To pull him from his anguish, his management team rallies behind him as he steps in to save a failing technology company. Unknowingly, his efforts place him in the epicenter of an industrial espionage network. Two men and two civilizations are colliding: an Iranian spymaster and an American entrepreneur.
Searching for the man behind the Lockerbie bombing, Cash finds hints of explosive secrets about his family and government officials. He discovers secret negotiations that could reshape the Middle East and disrupt American politics. Cash will not back down, and he pushes forward knowing that finding the truth could lead to his death.
Bill Relf challenges his readers with novels interlaced with intrigue and inspiration. His roots are in the coal mines and steel mills of Western Pennsylvania and the arts of Chautauqua, New York.
Relf lived in Singapore as it began its economic miracle. He did research travels in Thailand, Indonesia, and Burma. He was in Laos when the communists were taking over. He gave a seminar in Teheran before the Shah abdicated. He met with Chinese party officials when China first opened to the West. He analyzed the industrial capacity of Zimbabwe shortly before President Mugabe destroyed the country.
He has university degrees in economics, business, theology, and international relations. He has taught at four universities. He has owned six businesses.
He believes that creating a good story is a work of art.
His fiction might be tomorrow's headlines.
He lives with his wife, Virginia, somewhere in California.