Chapter I

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The call on his mobile phone the previous evening had come up as ‘number withheld.’ He hadn’t answered – he didn’t like surprises – and had let it ring out. Minutes later, his phone had registered a message. The caller hadn’t left his name. There was no need; although this was a voice he hadn’t heard in over six years, there was no mistaking the thick Glaswegian accent. ‘Mason,’ it said, ‘I need to see you tomorrow. Come to my office first thing. Fifty-One Belgrave Square. It’s urgent.’

Belgrave Square, London, May 5, 2007.

His finger had hovered above the delete button. And, on any other night, annoyed at the intrusion, he would have pressed it. But, for some reason – maybe only curiosity – he didn’t delete it. He’d known this man all his adult life, but couldn’t guess what ‘urgent’ might mean. He’s up to something.

Mason had been on his own for years – got used to his own company. Was he feeling lonely now? Craving his past life? What was it about this message that intrigued him? It would have been so easy to let it go – as easy as sleeping in when you could hear the rain lashing against the window – as easy as dodging the early morning run you’d promised yourself. In the end, he decided to leave it to fate. ‘First thing?’ Well, if I wake up in time, that’s the sign, he said, as he pulled the covers over.

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Mason has lost his family, his friends and his reputation, but can he find his redemption? Mason s journey takes him down the Damascus Road, where he follows in the footsteps of a twelfth-century crusader knight. As the fates of these two warriors become entwined, can Mason unravel the secrets of the past in time to save the present?
It’s a parallel story that uses the backdrop of Iraq, 2007 and the Third Crusade in 1191, and contains what some might regard as contentious issues regarding early Christianity. However, I’ve never been one to toe the party line, my recalcitrance and willingness to question dogma hopefully evident for the reader in the way I also tackle events surrounding the aftermath of the Iraq invasion of 2003.

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An Excellent book. Exciting and fast paced . up there with Bravo two zero. Recommended reading. Look forward to sequel.

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Wow… what a great story. I was hooked from the start, couldn’t put it down. Loved the way the Crusader's story was interwoven into the modern time using Mason, the disgraced soldier, his vulnerability so refreshing, avoiding so many of the cliches associated with the SAS. LOVED IT!!

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If you’ve ever read and enjoyed, say, a Chris Ryan, Andy McNab novel, or even the likes of Dan Brown, I can highly recommend Richard Pendry as a welcome addition to those lofty ranks. Overall, a fantastic story from beginning to end, with an absolute cracker of a conclusion.

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Amid the drama and military and political tensions following the Gulf Wars, and the efforts of the oil companies and the security companies they employ to restore Iraqi oil production, intertwined is a completely different story being told…

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From the author

I didn’t choose to write Damascus Redemption, the story picked me. It sounds bizarre but its true. The storyline fusing into my mind when I was visiting Palmyra – the ancient city in Syria recently ravaged by Islamic State.

Richard is an ex-member of the Parachute Regiment who became involved in the secretive world of the private security industry in post Gulf War II, Iraq. Since then, he has worked in Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and many other hostile environments, continually at the tip of the spear as the intelligence services fight the Global War on Terror.

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