Guest Post

#GuestPost The Primary Objective By Martin Venning

Hello Book Dragons! IT SNOWED!!! Yes, I do love snow and I missed it dearly. It hardly ever snows in London. 😦 Snow does cause a chaos around here, all day I was watching videos about drivers bumping everything while turning, and it is sad and hilarious at the same time. Summer tires are not suitable for these weather conditions, and in most countries with cold temperatures drivers are required by law to change their tires into winter ones. People are being people, I guess… Ok, enough of my ramblings, lets get down to business. 😀 Today on the blog I have a guest post to share with you all, written by Martin Venning. I hope you will like it. 🙂

Publisher: Matador
ISBN13:  978-1800461109
Genre: Thriller
Release date: 08 12 2020
Price*: Kindle £3.99 (GBP)/  Paperback £8.99 (GBP)
Kindle $5.46 (USD)/ Paperback $17.40 (USD)
Pages: ~ 496
You can get this book here:
Amazon UK
Bookshop.org

Description of the book: For some, the primary objective is to stop a conflict, for others, the primary objective is to exercise power, but for most, the primary objective is to make money.

Peace International is a New York based global reconciliation and mediation charity that seeks to prevent wars, regional disputes and rebuild civil societies. When a tip comes in that Iran is building a chemical and biological weapons research and production centre, it soon becomes clear that where they re considering building – close to the border with Azerbaijan – could destabilise the Gulf region and beyond.

Selecting a small team of volunteers, they form a task force to collect evidence, entering through a dangerous semi-lawless area in southern Azerbaijan. What they discover is a far more complicated web of challenges than a weapons facility. For PI Operations Director, Edwin Wilson, the mission is his most perilous yet, threatening the lives of his team and the international reputation of his organisation. But for two Iranian men, Fawaz and Jamshid, the stakes are even higher.

Driven by contrasting personal circumstances and life chances, they face difficult choices as they seek different paths to prosperity in a controlling, repressive society that takes no prisoners alive.

Guest Post: It’s a Mad World… by Martin Venning

We all knew that anyway but in these COVID conscious times it seems to be getting more surreal.

For the curious who may not have already seen my website at mvenning.net I have to confess the motivation to write my first novel, The Primary Objective came courtesy of an unexpected, enforced hospital stay as a result of an accident which shattered the bones in one of legs.

I wrote it because frankly I couldn`t do anything else.

Many years ago, I visited some of the locations described in the book and the overall impression I formed was it was a wild inaccessible land, potentially ungovernable in a conventional sense, where most people had no interest in politics but every concern about survival.

In the world of The Primary Objective, tribal loyalties matter more than political borders and what I have tried to do is to construct a story, which focusses on how people manage to live their everyday lives in spite of political and social repression, and embrace entrepreneurialism, if only in a limited way, just to get by.

From beggars to big business, everybody has their price and their pitch.

The Primary Objective flirts with death and violence but in reality, misses most of it. Instead it parodies how people live in an upside down world where many flout convention that dictates for example, when women can wear make-up, drink alcohol, get married (perhaps only for a night) or even have sex.

It paints a picture of a fragile society, where a distinct and engaging culture is the glue which holds the dysfunctional elements together.

But first and foremost, The Primary Objective is designed as a bit of escapism, an engaging entertainment, a story to transport the reader from the stresses of lockdown to an alternative world, if only for a few minutes…

About the author: West Yorkshire-based Martin Venning is a project communications and strategic investment adviser working in the property and construction sector with 20 years’ experience engaging with businesses in the UK, continental Europe and Asia. He trained as a journalist as part of his undergraduate studies and writes for pleasure.
Website: https://www.mvenning.net/ / Twitter: @MartinVenning_

*-the price was taken from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com on the current date. The price might change at the time of your purchase. The links used in this post for book purchases are affiliates.

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