Iranian Nuclear Threat Looms In Thrilling New Novel

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"Mushroom In The Sand" plays brilliantly in the shadows between espionage, fact and fiction.

"Mushroom In the Sand," an international spy thriller set against the backdrop of Iran's clandestine nuclear weapons program, hits bookshelves today.

Breakout author, Farsheed Ferdowsi, weaves a narrative rich in spy-craft, action and intrigue in his debut novel - Mushroom In The Sand. An Iranian-born physicist living the American dream, Dr. Ross Shaheen is at the top of his game. Between his internationally-recognized nuclear weapons research career at the prestigious Berkeley Lab and his picture-perfect family in the San Francisco suburbs, it’s a good life that can only get better—until he is lured into lecturing before an elite group of scientists in his home country.

The 7,000-mile trip takes Shaheen back to the land of the lion and sun, yet it also delivers to Iran’s very doorstep an important American citizen with Top Secret security clearance. Taken captive in a subterranean plant by Amir Meshkin, head of Iran’s secret nuclear weapons program, will Shaheen be forced to provide him with the access needed to successfully advance the Iranian nuclear agenda?

The answer lies in a twisting plot of espionage and survival, putting to the test not only Shaheen’s secret knowledge but also the very core of his allegiance. If he lives, he could walk away a hero for his country. The question is—which one?

Though a work of fiction, "Mushroom In The Sand" illuminates the very real and very serious global debate currently raging over Iran's nuclear intentions. At a time when secret uranium enrichment facilities and experimental warhead designs are grabbing the attention of world leaders and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Ferdowsi's vivid storytelling takes readers inside a clandestine world which lies just beyond the newspaper headlines and media spotlight. Suspense abounds in this timely geo-political thriller, sure to keep readers on the edge.

"Mushroom in the Sand" is published by Winsgspan Press and distributed through Ingram Book Group. The novel is available for purchase at,, and select bookstores throughout the country.

About the Author
Farsheed Ferdowsi was born in Tehran, Iran. He was educated as an engineer at Vanderbilt University and University of California, Berkley. He has been a successful entrepreneur, lecturer and business consultant. But his passion has always been in writing. He and his wife have two children and currently live in Brentwood, Tennessee.

"Mushroom In The Sand" by Farsheed Ferdowsi
Hardcover, 348 pages (softcover & eBook versions also available)
ISBN: 978-1595943446

For review copies or interview requests contact:
Jeremy Gossett
Tel: 615-584-9233

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