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349. Alternative PRESS RELEASE: Stinger ~ Diana R. Chambers

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Stinger
By Diana R. Chambers

“Something has gone alarmingly wrong in Afghanistan… (which) could start tumblingback toward the kind of anarchic chaos that once made (it) an attractive sanctuary for…Osama bin Laden…. Afghans have long been renowned for their hostility toward foreign troops on their territory, as the 20th-century Russians and the 19th-century British learned the hard way. Until now they have made a conspicuous exception for the 21st-century Americans….”

-New York Times, June 1, 2006

San Francisco, CA, Sept 16th, 2006 — Stinger, the latest suspense novel by Diana R.
Chambers, tells the story behind the story, the story of how this ancient Silk Road land became once again a crossroads of invaders and spies. Stinger is a political thriller whose subtext relates to the Great Game that the world powers play, sometimes directly, some- times through local proxies. The chaos following one such conflict between Russia and the US in Afghanistan led to the rise of the Taliban, who sheltered bin Laden and thus facilitated the events of 9/11.

Stinger was published by Aventine Press on July 1, 2006 (ISBN 1-59330-377-7,
Paperback: $13.95, 224 pages).

This novel takes us back to those earlier days and shows the roots of America’s current involvement in Afghanistan. In the 1980s, the heroic Afghan resistance to the Soviet invasion galvanized the world: David slinging rocks at Goliath, and somehow managing to survive. As supported by a US covert assistance program—which included shoulder-fired Stinger missiles—the mujahideen gained a stunning victory that led to the collapse of the USSR. Too late, the Russians learned that the tribal peoples of Afghanistan can not tolerate an invader and will always unite against the farangi (foreigner).

Stinger opens in the dusty border town of Peshawar, Pakistan, where we meet Nick Daley,the unorthodox CIA officer from Chambers’ The Company She Keeps. The intrigue
begins with the disappearance of the first shipment of American Stingers—the portable
missiles that threaten Soviet might—and then deepens with a mysterious graveyard mur-
der. The arrival of San Francisco journalist, Robin Reeves, stirs things up further.
Gradually an unusual love story will unfold, a triangle involving Nick, Robin and her former Berkeley lover, Jamal, now an elusive mujahideen chief in Afghanistan—a man with many enemies. These characters lead us into a world of danger, a world of spy versus spy, where no one is what he or she seems. Where hidden agendas provide their own kind of veil… until the mystery is resolved in a shattering climax.

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One comment

  1. I’d be very interested in reading Stinger…Tania PorterPO Box 1925Corvallis, OR 97339Thanks for all of the great reviews!

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