German Businessman Trashes Raleigh Author's Novel

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A page-turning thriller proves a perilous possession for international travelers

Ebbo Schultz, an auto industry executive from Stuttgart, emailed author Richard Graham-Yooll on January 16 to announce that he had trashed his thriller, "A Foreign Policy," but wanted another copy.

“I have read your thriller which I liked because it makes interesting, exciting reading. Unfortunately I have not finished it. On my flight from Rome to Riyadh I panicked. I dropped it into a trash barrel in the airport men's room before going through Customs. Can you send me signed copy? I will pay postage packing.”

Author Graham-Yooll considers his novel more a comment on America’s oil-driven foreign policy and the greed of European business than a direct criticism of the government of Saudi Arabia. However, a scene describing the Saudi royal family seeking green cards in the US after dissidents take over the country might cause offense in some quarters, he concedes.

“I guess sales may not be high in Saudi Arabia,” he says. Stressing that his objective is only to entertain, he nonetheless believes that US Middle East policies are of concern to all Americans. “After all, with different policies 9/11 might never have occurred.”

Set in Boston, London and Dhahran, "A Foreign Policy" portrays international insurance being used to finance terrorism, an American businessman facing beheading after being framed for murder, and a US State Department blind to a burgeoning revolution in Saudi Arabia.

Novelist Ben Bova comments, "A Foreign Policy is a fresh, and frightening, look at international intrigue by a writer who is a rising star in the field.”

Published in the US by Medallion Press in September, 2005, "A Foreign Policy" (ISBN# 193281549X) is available from most US bookstores. It has attracted sales in more than half a dozen countries but, since it is not yet published overseas, the author sent his German reader a new copy at no charge. Now a resident of Raleigh, NC, Graham-Yooll previously undertook Middle East assignments for Lloyds of London which provide background to this story.

Richard Graham-Yooll has appeared on radio talks shows and is available for TV, radio, newspaper and other media interviews. Call Richard at 919-386-0272 or contact through web site, http://www.aforeignpolicy.com.

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