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Captives of a Middle East Terrorist and International Intrigue
By Terrence Crimmins
CAPTIVATING NEW THRILLER PROVIDES INSIDE LOOK AT AN EVERYDAY AMERICAN UNWITTINGLY EMBROILED IN A TERRORIST CONSPIRACY
In his compelling new thriller, Hostages: Captives of a Middle East Terrorist and International Intrigue, screenwriter, novelist, and teacher Terrence Crimmins provides readers with a fascinating look at a complicated terror plot, where nothing is what it seems.
When Tom O’Malley, a privileged student, agrees to do his boss a favor on the day of his college graduation, he finds himself forced into a building containing the hostages of a Muslim terrorist. On that fateful day, Tom becomes a celebrity in a most unusual way. As the terrorist mastermind escapes from the authorities and Tom embarks on a public relations tour to cash in on his newfound fame, his cross-country journey becomes fraught with peril.
Crimmins takes his readers on a visceral yet harrowing journey as Tom is pulled into a vortex of being a hostage and a celebrity, while danger lurks at every turn. Hostages tightly ties together the themes of terrorism, the war on drugs, and the American media into one fascinating story.
With unpredictable and compelling plotlines, Hostages also explores many themes including:
- The inherent conflict of radical Islamic terrorists with Western cultures
- Alliances between Radical Islamists and South American drug cartels
- How America serves as both the source and punisher of drug problems between South and Central America
- How people orchestrate elaborate publicity events just to draw media attention
- Problems with the American approach to the war on drugs
- Ways in which foreign nationals perceive America
Crimmins has worked with newspapers, published short stories, and has written online columns about literary history. His work has also appeared in the scholarly journal now called the Studies in Eastern European Thought. In 2009, he optioned a screenplay to Triboro Pictures in New York City for a biographical picture about Joseph Pulitzer. Currently, he is working on a historical novel titled Who was Joseph Pulitzer?.
He grew up in Pittsburgh, the youngest of nine in an Irish-Catholic family. He skipped his senior year in high school to enter Boston College. During and after college, he worked in restaurants and as a cab driver, where he met many foreign nationals who became the inspiration for Hostages. Crimmins returned to Boston College to obtain a Masters, and has been teaching History in Baltimore for a number of years.
A resident of Towson, Maryland, Crimmins enjoys rugby, theater, movies, cooking, hiking, camping, and fly-fishing.
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