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New Post-WW1 Thriller Reflects on the Igniting Conflict Between the U.S. and Iran

Inspired by actual events in 1924 Persia, "In the Shadow of the Kingmakers" brings voice to the human sufferings of the political lust for domination.

New Post-WW1 Thriller Reflects on the Igniting Conflict Between the U.S. and Iran
Santa Barbara, CA, February 12, 2019 --( Amid growing conflicts between the U.S. and Iran, a new historical fiction novel titled, "In the Shadow of the Kingmakers," explores the igniting conflict between the two countries a year before a new Persian king was installed. Author Vahid Imani introduces a new lens to the nature of the Western powers’ interference in Iran during 1924.

The suffering caused by this meddling is front and center in Imani’s new novel. Humanity’s cross-cultural love for one another is thwarted by societies’ lust for power as Imani details the stories of American, British and Russian intelligentsia’s efforts interweaving with the daily lives of people in Persia.

“'In the Shadow of the Kingmakers' is a rich and captivating read,” says Gerald DiPego, novelist and screenwriter of feature films such as Phenomenon. “Imani shows a great depth of research as he describes the warring plots of the American, British and Russian spies who fight a hidden war in 1920s Persia, bringing these men alive and making our hearts pound at their scheming.”

In June 1924, Major Robert Imbrie arrives in Tehran undercover as U.S. Vice-Consul. His mission is to covertly establish a listening post along the northwestern borders of Iran to spy on the Soviet Union. Upon his arrival in Tehran, he is marked by British intelligentsia to be an instrument of the United States’ failure to access Iran’s lucrative oil business. The secret struggle to control the region’s oil fields and other strategical advantages is heating up among the super powers.

“Often overlooked in any espionage are the stories of the ordinary people – caught in between duty, honor, and survival – who frequently pay with the ultimate cost,” Imani explains. “'In the Shadow of the Kingmakers' explores this human cost of campaigns for control by ambitious western powers.”

Major Imbrie’s fate pulls civilians and spies alike into the whirlpool of this international uproar. The people involved – all dutiful to their beliefs – form a colorful group of characters that takes the reader to a journey deep into their diverse culture and way of life.

"In the Shadow of the Kingmakers" is published by Stormtop Publishing and is available on Amazon globally and anywhere books are sold. More information is available at

About the Author:
Vahid Imani was born in Tehran, Iran, and made the United States his home in 1979. A year and a half later, he earned his master’s degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. As an enthusiast of the arts, history and international politics, his opinions and insights have been shared via articles, public lectures, and mass media. In 2014, he debuted as an author with the publication of his award-winning middle-grade novel Naji and the Mystery of the Dig.

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