Mercenaries, Political Intrigue Collide in Raj Nellooli’s New Novel

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Young man becomes a mercenary and seeks revenge for wrongdoings in Syria in ‘King Pawn.’

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Author Raj Nellooli spent three years in Syria. During that time he developed a deep understanding of the social fabric and people there. The Syrian conflict started dividing the country and its people and he lived through the initial year of the conflict.

Inspired by Syria’s culture and the people he knew on both sides of the conflict, Nellooli tells the story of a young man turned mercenary in his new action novel, “King Pawn” (published by Partridge India).

Robert Frost—a college dropout and the son of an American professor and a Syrian mother who fled her home country—has two enemies: the United States Army, for unfairly dismissing him, and the Syrian regime, which destroyed his mother’s family in 1982. Pushing him further to the brink, his wife recently left him, taking their two daughters with her.

“King Pawn” follows Robert, as he changes his name to Iftikar, becomes a mercenary and undertakes various missions with the intention of toppling the regime in Syria. While he is at first optimistic about winning back his family with the money he’s making, he soon realizes his employers are more devious than he thought. Is Iftikar working to save Syria, or condemning its people to a life of slavery beneath new masters?

“King Pawn”
By Raj Nellooli
Hardcover | 5 x 8 in | 428 pages | ISBN 9781482850307
Softcover | 5 x 8 in | 428 pages | ISBN 9781482850291
E-Book | 428 pages | ISBN 9781482850284
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Raj Nellooli has lived in and visited more than 50 countries during his international career of 40 years. He has served as a banker and as a director for multinational banks, oil and gas corporations and international non-governmental organizations. He has published several works of fiction and nonfiction in English and Malayalam. He currently manages his strategic consultancy business.

Partridge India, a Penguin Random House company, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing and bookselling services for authors in India, all priced appropriately for the Indian market. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, Partridge India assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Partridge India shares its headquarters with Penguin Books India in New Delhi. For more information or to publish a book, visit or call 000.800.10062.62. For the latest, follow @PartridgeIndia on Twitter.

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