Presentation on theme: "From commanding Green Berets in wartime to serving in the White House and in the Immediate Office of the Secretary of Defense, John Fenzel’s qualifications."— Presentation transcript:
From commanding Green Berets in wartime to serving in the White House and in the Immediate Office of the Secretary of Defense, John Fenzel’s qualifications and experiences are unique and first hand. He has commanded three Special Forces companies in 5 th and 10 th Special Forces Groups, leading the first-ever deployments to Pakistan and the Baltic States. In the war-torn country of Bosnia, he commanded Special Operations Forces in the U.S. and British sectors, working closely with the United Nations to secure the indictments and convictions of those responsible for war crimes in Srebrenica. His inspiration for The Lazarus Covenant came while serving as Special Assistant to the Vice President and Staff Director for the Homeland Security Council. He wrote The Lazarus Covenant to tell the compelling story of how the war on terrorism is truly fought at all levels, in all dimensions — by ordinary people in extraordinary, often desperate, circumstances. The Author “If John le Carre were to visit the Balkans, this is the kind of thriller he would produce. Fenzel probes the dark secrets of one of Europe's most intriguing places--Bosnia--bringing its tortured history to life while crafting an even more disturbing story involving ruthless terrorists, loose nukes, and a team of secret operatives racing to prevent disaster. And this author is no armchair commando. Fenzel, a special operations officer in the U.S. Army, has generated fascinating prose that can only come from someone who has seen the intel, belly-crawled across unknown battlefields, and helped manage crises in the West Wing. The Lazarus Covenant explores a secretive world with rare verisimilitude, while deftly plumbing some questions of good and evil.” Rick Newman, Firefight: Inside the Battle to Save the Pentagon on 9-11, and correspondent, U.S.News & World Report
From commanding Green Berets in wartime to serving in the White House and in the Immediate Office of the Secretary of Defense, John Fenzel’s qualifications and experiences are both unique and first hand. He has commanded numerous Special Forces organizations, leading the first-ever deployments to Pakistan and the Baltic States. In the war-torn country of Bosnia, he commanded Special Operations Forces in the U.S. and British sectors, working closely with the United Nations to secure the indictments and convictions of those responsible for war crimes in Srebrenica. His inspiration for The Lazarus Covenant came while serving as Special Assistant to the Vice President and Staff Director for the Homeland Security Council. He wrote The Lazarus Covenant to tell the compelling story of how the war on terrorism is truly fought at all levels, in all dimensions— by ordinary people in extraordinary, often desperate, circumstances. John Fenzel remains on active duty as a senior Army Special Forces officer. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three children. The Author
At Stake: The greatest threat to world stability in history. The Story: One man's journey of profound personal transformation in the midst of extreme international crisis. The Title: T he Lazarus Covenant
“Riveting! Relentless, brilliantly nuanced, and vividly detailed. Told with an insider’s view of one of the world's flashpoints and the horrors of war, The Lazarus Covenant plunges us headlong into tomorrow's headlines.” Dick Couch, Chosen Soldier and The Sheriff of Ramadi John Fenzel's extensive knowledge of the Balkans together with his background as a Special Forces officer combine to produce a dynamic plot and absorbing story that will catapult The Lazarus Covenant to the top of the suspense genre. I found it so gripping and realistic, I had a hard time believing it was fiction! Frank Antenori, Roughneck Nine One (St. Martin’s Press)
February 23, 2009 NYT Editorial Bosnia Unraveling It has been a long time since the United States paid serious high-level attention to Bosnia. After the 1995 Dayton Accords ended the genocidal horrors, Washington moved on to other priorities and largely left oversight of the peace agreement to Europe. Now it's time to seriously re- engage before the deal unravels…. "Events in the Balkans will again pose the greatest threat of instability in Europe in 2009. The biggest challenge comes from … Bosnia-Herzegovina's continuing uneasy inter-ethnic condominium.“ --Dennis Blair, Director of National Intelligence (February 20, 2009) When Reality and Fiction Collide….
“The Lazarus Covenant weaves the haunting history of the Balkan wars with a contemporary tale of nuclear terrorists on the loose, all the while catapulting the reader through the hairpin turns of its suspenseful plot. Each of Covenant’s many unexpected revelations unveils another layer of intrigue and draws us closer to the intrepid Mark Lyons and the villains he must identify and stop before it’s too late. John Fenzel masterfully combines key elements—grisly Balkan history, the specter of nuclear terrorism, and a compelling level of operational detail—to give his story a gripping, even unsettling, realism. This novel will reward both veterans and newcomers to these issues with a page- turning adventure not to be missed. I'll look for it on the bestseller lists....” Max Boot,Foreign-Affairs Columnist for the Los Angeles Times, Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, Author of: War Made New (Gotham Books, 2006)
“No publisher will give me the column inches I need to comment on this novel. To say I enjoyed it and turned the pages furiously is an understatement. I was totally absorbed in this compelling and exciting work. John Fenzel’s military experiences, his sense of history and place, and the blend of characters and conflict make this a truly suspenseful, impressive and easy read.” Tom Ridge, Former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
In Bosnia the past is prologue for one man who must come to terms with a violent and tragic past in order to prevent a renewed war... and an unimaginable holocaust. For Mark Lyons, the key to unlocking the truth of the past lies in the answer to one elusive question... “Who is Lazarus?”
(TS-WNINTEL) In an effort to stabilize the resulting domestic volatility in Yugoslavia, Tito is now resorting to mass arrests of suspected spies, dissidents and intellectuals. CIA HUMINT sources (LAZARUS) confirm, through eye witness accounts, that these prisoners are being executed en masse, and buried in unmarked mass graves around the country. Tito’s purges have produced an illusion of peace and harmony within Yugoslavia, but a strong undercurrent of nationalistic strife remains. THE DIRECTOR OF CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE Washington, D.C. 20505 INFORMATION MEMO April 15, 1977, 12:00 PM FOR: THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES FROM: Stansfield Turner, Director of Central Intelligence
Marko turned to the man next to him, whose ashen white complexion, mixed with blood and dirt and eyes black as death, almost glowed in the moonlight. “Who are you?” The man appeared delirious, hardly human. His voice was choked and cracked. “Thanks to you, you can call me Lazarus, like in the Bible.” The name had no significance to him, except that it had a unique sound to it. Lazarus. “Well, I can’t help you anymore, Lazarus. My cousin is on top of the hill,” he whispered, then pointed at the officer. “And he’s going to kill him. If you can, get to the church just down the road. It’s not far, and there is a wood shack behind it. I’ll look for you there tomorrow.” The man nodded in a way that made him appear drunken. Before Marko could leave, he felt the man’s hand firmly take hold of his shirt, causing him to turn around, startled. Lazarus’ eyes suddenly appeared lucid, alive, but his voice was weak. He seemed to be scarcely breathing. “Hvala, Comchye—thank-you, neighbor. I am indebted to you.” From the Prologue…
So, Who is Lazarus? This fall, it’s the question everyone will be asking…
The audience for The Lazarus Covenant closely approximates the readership for other contemporary international suspense thrillers by Dan Fesperman, Steve Berry, Christopher Whitcomb, Daniel Silva and Gerald Seymour. Male and Female, 18 – 75. Middle to upper income. Broad-minded, curious, have a global perspective. Interests lie far beyond their hometown. Social, flexible, well-rounded, prefer to learn a little about a lot of things. Well-informed. Imaginative, visually driven. The Audience :
“The Lazarus Covenant races along the razor edge of a darkly dangerous precipice—a compelling story written by an author whose real life traced that same razor edge.” Robert Andrews, A Murder of Justice
Specs: Title: The Lazarus Covenant Author: John Fenzel ISBN: 978-0-9822379-0-8 Price: $24.95 Publication Date: Oct. 1, 2009 Publisher: BREATHE Press Binding: Case Bound w/ Dust Jacket Genre: International Suspense Audience: 18 – 75 Page Count: 488 Trim Size: 6 x 9 Available: Through Baker & Taylor or direct from www.breathepress.comwww.breathepress.com or fax: 202-318-7650 Summary : In Bosnia, the past is prologue for one man who must come to terms with a violent and tragic past in order to prevent a renewed war... and an unimaginable holocaust. An explosive international thriller, The Lazarus Covenant explores the scourge of extremism, terrorism and war in a haunting tale of friendship, faith and forgiveness. Writing from his own experiences, John Fenzel relates this story authentically in dramatic settings that extend from the Oval Office to the Balkans, all in a time of extreme crisis.
“Colonel John Fenzel's experiences on the front lines of the global war on terror make The Lazarus Covenant an incredibly gripping and compelling read; that he is an equally masterful storyteller also makes this page-turner first-rate entertainment. While the current publishing field is crowded with wanna-be commandos, very few of them have ever been in the weeds, calling an air strike, surviving in a shifting world of intentions and misdirections, where survival is matter of smarts as well as brawn. If you want to know the news behind the news, and to see first- hand the drama of "the human heart in conflict with itself," read Fenzel. Period. His writing career is filled with nothing but promise. The Lazarus Covenant is just the beginning, and it is a superb one.” Doug Stanton, In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors (Owl Books)
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