Book Description

The Reckoning by Tanya Parker Mills

The Indie Book of the Day for 17th of September, 2014!

Genre: Suspense, Romance

Forgiveness and redemption find their source in the unlikeliest of places, even in the torture cells of Saddam Hussein. In Tanya Parker Mills’ award-winning and gritty work, The Reckoning, one woman’s past comes back to haunt her as she struggles to survive political cruelty and injustice.

Journalist Theresa Fuller has epilepsy, but this hasn’t slowed her search for stories of injustice to broadcast to the world. When she and her cameraman, Peter Cranston, are captured inside Iraq in August 2002, she is cut off from her medication. Seizures resume, and dreams and visions of her American childhood in Baghdad begin to trouble her. Tormented by the relentless Colonel Badr, she is forced to focus on her own father’s death years before in a Baghdad prison. The strain of her own captivity is relieved only by her growing attraction to Tariq al-Awali, the Iraqi captain who took charge of her capture. The more she learns of him and his family, the clearer her haunting dreams become, and the more puzzling her past. Before American bombs begin to fall, and all of Iraq is thrown into even darker chaos, Theresa must find a way to escape the cruelty of Colonel Badr, and save those she cares for most.

Fast paced and uncompromising, THE RECKONING brings home the horrors of political injustice and the courage that it takes to resist despotism in all its forms. Winner of multiple awards, THE RECKONING is both thought provoking and deeply heartfelt as it explores the meaning of what is possible when people are called upon to find the best in themselves during the darkest of times.

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Book Insight

  • File Size: 442 KB
  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (September 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NPDNJ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled 
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled 
  • Lending: Not Enabled

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Tanya Parker Mills is the author of “The Reckoning,” the 2010 Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Award Winner for Mainstream/Literary Fiction, the 2009 Indie Book Award Winner for Multicultural Fiction, and a 2008 Whitney Finalist. Her latest release, “A Night on Moon Hill” was recently named a 2012 Whitney Finalist and is available on Kindle and in paperback.

Beginning from her birth on an American Air Force base in Tripoli, Libya, much of Tanya’s childhood was spent abroad in such countries as Greece, Turkey, Iraq, and Lebanon. In fact, she and her family lived through two revolutions involving Saddam Hussein’s Ba’ath Party. Her father’s work for an educational non-profit organization provided the family with the opportunity to travel widely and a rare glimpse into the Arab culture, in particular.

After graduating from the American Community School in Beirut, Tanya earned a degree from Brigham Young University, majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in Political Science.

She worked for a PBS affiliate for two years and then served as a missionary in Northern Italy, learning the language fluently. Upon her return to the United States, she worked at a Catholic womens college and then a non-profit organization in the Washington, D.C. area.

More than anything, she wanted to write, so she moved west and got a job as Assistant Editor for Trade Publications at Sunset Magazine in California. Tanya met her husband, Michael, in Los Angeles, and after they married, she quit her job to begin raising a family and finally write a novel that would draw on her exotic background.

After two children and a move to Washington State, she has now launched her second novel, “A Night on Moon Hill.” Traditionally published, the story involves a reclusive author and a boy with Asperger’s syndrome. The book is dedicated to her son, who was diagnosed with AS at age six.

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