Historical Thriller The Persian Project, Published by Outskirts Press, Bares US/Iran Breach

Arvada, CO, July 02, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Dual winner of the Colorado Authors’ League Top Hand Award, Mark Irving today announced the release of his latest historical fiction work, The Persian Project, published by Outskirts Press. Set in Tehran in 1978 at the height of the Cold War, Irving’s newest thriller takes Special Ops veteran Clint Jagger on his greatest challenge since Viet Nam as he investigates the failure of a secret U.S. underwater detection device monitoring Soviet activity in the Caspian Sea.

A prequel to Irving’s successful series of international thrillers, Deadly Passage and Sakura’s Stratagem, The Persian Project provides an insightful and timely look into the origins of the longstanding conflict between Iran and the U.S. 2011 is the thirtieth anniversary of the release of the 52 American embassy workers who were held hostage in Iran for 444 days.

As the story opens in 1978, the U.S. and the Soviet Union are suspicious of each other’s efforts to reduce their inventory of ICBM’s; and Tehran is near turmoil with a new coalition of political, religious and social forces threatening the reign of the Shah and the interests of the U.S. in the region. Into this nuclear tinderbox enters the indefatigable Clint Jagger as an undercover telecommunications consultant who soon finds himself under the oppressive thumb of the sadistic commander of the infamous Evin Prison.

The Shah is forced to depart, the Ayatollah arrives, and Jagger is asked by the National Security Agency to remain in Iran on a mission that takes him from the Elborz Mountains to the steps of ancient Persepolis and beyond as he follows the suspenseful trail of events that foreshadow the current complicated political scene in Iran and the Middle East.

The author’s ability to draw from his own experiences in Iran in the late seventies and his career as bureau chief and political columnist are evident in this realistic portrayal of the region and the back story insights Irving provides his readers in this fast paced adventure.

The Persian Project is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at www.outskirtspress.com/buybooks for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.

ISBN: 978-1-4327-5394-8 Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback cream SRP: $24.95
Format: 6 x 9 hardback w/jacket SRP: $32.95
Genre: Fiction/action and adventure

About the author:

Mark Irving is the pen name for Irv Sternberg, Denver Post bestselling author of five award winning novels. A former journalist and speechwriter, he and his wife live in Colorado.

For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/thepersianproject or www.irvsternberg.com.

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