AL SHABAH: An Assassin’s Story, is based on the true story of the author’s experiences growing up in Lebanon during that country’s bloody civil war, as well as his time as a counter-terrorist operative. The story follows “Paul” from his childhood in the Bekaa Valley to adulthood when he is recruited and trained as a killer by both Israel’s Mossad and the CIA.
A tale of obsession and revenge, in this first book of the Al Shabah Assassin Series, Paul ultimately finds himself on the trail of a childhood nemesis who had become the feared charismatic leader of a violent jihadist group. This fast-paced thriller takes Paul around the world in his personal search for truth and justice, and a final showdown with a yellow-eyed terrorist who one violent day ended Paul’s childhood and set him on the road to becoming an assassin.
“A haunting, harrowing story of civil war … written by someone who lived it.” – Raymond Khoury, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Templar
From The Book:
I’ve become the kind of man I hate. Without knowing why, perhaps just the scent of death that surrounds me, women pull their young ones closer to them when I walk by. Nobody sits beside me on a crowded bus, or asks to share my table in a busy food court. In fact, I am the kind of man people would spit on behind his back. Out of fear. Out of loathing. They don’t actually do it, but I feel and sense it. And I understand.
You see, I kill bad people. I am a freelancer, an independent assassin. I did not choose to be a killer. It just happened. But I don’t work for any government or agency. I pick my targets and only take on the assignment after careful consideration.
I am selective. I don’t kill rapists, serial killers, gangsters, or politicians, even if they deserve it. I don’t even murder lawyers. Maybe I should kill a few, but I don’t. I only kill terrorists, and I never play politics. If you are thinking that is too small of a niche market, and that business is slow, you will be wrong.
Who am I? That is a good question.
My given name is Paul. I was born in a small town in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon. The son of a mechanic, a real mechanic, unlike me. But that is about all I can tell you. And it was many years ago, a different life than the one that was thrust upon me when I was just ten.
Now I go by many names. Whatever suits my purpose at the moment. But those I hunt call me by an Arabic name Al Shabah. The ghost.
From The Author:
AL SHABAH is a work of fiction, not a memoir per se, but my characters are based on composites of real people, and the major events described in these pages are historically accurate. I should know, because I lived them.
Accolades for AL SHABAH:
“A haunting, harrowing story of civil war, a gut-wrenching account of how neighbour can turn on neighbour and how easily and brutally lives can be devastated, written by someone who actually lived it.” – Raymond Khoury, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Templar
“This is a book that gets under your skin, into your head, and won’t let go.” – Susanna J. Sturgis. Editor, Writer.
“Sawan’s real-life novel allows us to see with ironic humanity into a violent world that too few people really understand.” – Patricia Keeney, novelist and poet
“An action-packed morality tale set during the Lebanese Civil War. A breathless Bond-ish adventure torn from today’s headlines.” – Don Rubin, Professor, York University, Toronto
“I was curious to read Al Shabah, I wanted to know how close it is to the truth. The novel details the truth itself. But the descriptions are not normal, I felt like looking through camera movements that detailed and reflected the confrontation between Paul and Bassam, or the clash of cultures between terrorism and murder on the one hand, and the struggle for existence on the other.” – Georges Hayek, Journalist, Author.