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Damascus Redemption

Unable to cope with the loss of his family, Mason turns his back on the SAS. Years later, he is enticed into the security industry in Iraq. He soon finds himself under fire. His team is attacked – most are killed and two are taken hostage. He escapes with the help of a tribe, who are the custodians of an ancient secret kept in the Basrah Marshes.

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Mason has lost his family, his friends and his reputation – but can he find his redemption?

Unable to cope with the loss of his family, Mason turns his back on his life in the SAS. Years later, he is enticed into the cut-throat security industry in Iraq by an old comrade. He soon finds himself under fire. His team is attacked – most are killed and two are taken hostage. Mason takes the fall. He escapes with the help of a mysterious Arab tribe,who are the custodians of an ancient secret kept deep within the Basrah Marshes.

Mason’s journey takes him down the Damascus Road, where he follows in the footsteps of a twelfth-century crusader knight. As the fates of these two warriors become entwined, can Mason unravel the secrets of the past in time to save the present?

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Wordcatcher Publishing


FICTION / War & Military




9781912056736, 9781912056712


Wordcatcher Modern Fiction

16 reviews for Damascus Redemption

  1. David Pugsleyon 5 October 2016

    An Excellent book. Exciting and fast paced . up there with Bravo two zero. Recommended reading. Look forward to sequel.

  2. ByIAINon 3 June 2017

    Always a pleasure to be taken on a journey by an author who knows of that which they write: and it is in the detail underpinning the dramatic trajectory that this story really shines. Highly recommended.

  3. Chris Williamson 4 June 2017

    Solid action packed story line, with strong easily accessible characters. Damascus Redemption opens up the area (Iraq and Syria) with avid descriptions of the landscape, references to the historical past and the current conflicts.

  4. Amazon Customer

    I couldn’t put the book down. it’s amazing. I loved it. It was gripping. I loved the fact that I was thrilled and enthralled plus learnt about history too. I was excited and addicted from start to finish.

  5. ARK

    A real page-turner. Fast-paced, well-researched; it engaged the thriller fan and the history geek in me at the same time. Loved this book, and look forward to more from this author.

  6. Peter Moore

    This is an excellent read. Damascus Redemption manages to link a story set in the Crusades to a story set in Iraq during the serge of 2007. The characters portrayed in the book are easy to follow combined with an emotional roller coaster. Has an excellent ending. Definitely worth getting.

  7. Amazon Customer

    My Book Club has just finished reading “Damascus Redemption”, although we are all women, we all found the book, very enjoyable.
    It was fast- paced and exciting, The characters, are all well drawn, I personally liked Mason and want to find out what happens to him next!
    Always a good sign in a book. I find stories about Iraq fascinating, and this was no exception, I am told it is the first part of a trilogy, so can’t wait for the next instalment! Excellent read.

  8. Gina Cucciniello

    Really enjoyed this book. Bought it in a bookshop in Wales and not the usual type of book I buy but it was actually pretty gripping.

  9. David Pugsley

    Exciting and fast paced . up there with Bravo two zero. Recommended reading. Look forward to sequel.

  10. Brian Crabbe

    Thoroughly enjoyed the book, I think it would make a brilliant film .The story line was fascinating made you think could it be really feasible, I would encourage anyone to read it, first class cant wait for the next one about Mason

  11. Barrie Howell

    An exciting story about a private security company working in Iraq
    today but linked to the time of the Crusades in a fascinating way. The book is written with the authority and knowledge that only someone that has served in the military can do.
    Damascus Redemption is up there with Andy McNabb and Chris Ryan

  12. Christopher Owens

    I give it 5star because it was well written and researched it took a bit of time getting into it but it’s worth it

  13. E E Ferner

    If you’re looking for action, if you’re looking for an insight into the world of terrorism, if you’re looking for the murky twists and turns of politics, the parallels with the Middle East today and in the time of the crusaders, as well as a damaged hero and a bit of romance too…………
    well, Richard C Pendry’s book is a must read. A really BIG must read. I’ve just finished it and WOW!

  14. Amazon Customer

    Having worked in the area I was able to relate to where this was taking place and appreciated its accuracy. Enjoyable read that did not always go where you thought it would, so kept your interest the whole way through. looking forward to his next book

  15. Alasdair Mackie

    An instant classic of the genre, Richard C. Pendry’s debut novel, ‘Damascus Redemption’, immediately establishes him as a master storyteller.
    It speaks of hard fought, hard won, knowledge and experience, informed by an exceptional degree of emotional intelligence.
    His authentic and evocative narrative style draws you inextricably in to the intricate twists and turns of his intriguing plotline.
    Whether describing Alpha-Males, Arabs, or Academics, Pendry’s observational skills, appeal to the senses, and profound understanding of human nature can only take him to the top of his new, yet clearly pre-ordained vocation.

  16. Neil M C Sinclair from Cardiff

    Richard C Pendry’s Damascus Redemption is a well-written tale of intrigue, treachery, betrayal and adventure. Though personally I am not an avid fan of fiction or a reader of warfare bravado I found this story an interesting and captivating read. Agilely intertwining modern day warfare and its Special Forces with that of the Middle Ages and its Crusaders, this intriguing account takes the eager reader not only through the dry and arid desert landscape of Syria, Iraq and other places in the Levant but also into the corporate corridors and offices of the West’s outsourced and privatized military defence operations, with particular emphasis on one located in Belgravia Square where its reluctant protagonist, a retired SAS combatant, is persuaded to undertake yet another mercenary mission that reintroduces him to the Marsh Arab region of a war torn and thoroughly devastated Iraq. In a welcome break from the monotony of its testosterone macho action filled opening pages, a poignant moment occurs when, despondent at the tragic accidental loss of his wife and child, the voice of Katie, his deceased wife, intervenes to prevent his suicide as he places a gun to his head. With smatterings of humour, like the time when one character sprays his smelly shirt with body spray, and camaraderie between the boys whose quest for manhood draws them out there into these dangerous feats of daring do, the unspoken subtext of this subject matter however is the long range Western strategic interest in the region. Though it is daily fare on television it is rather sad to see up close the despoiling of the East as fictionally but believably portrayed in the pages of this gripping yarn. The crux of this tale however is the interspersion of a secret, a treasure that, if it were ever to be revealed, would devastate Christian faith, undermining one of the church’s fundamental tenets. Indeed the treasure in question happens to be located in an ossuary found in Palmyra that allegedly contains the remains of the body of Christ. Though this work is fiction, as previously stated, oddly enough alternative historical researcher Ralph Ellis uncovers evidence in his 2008 book King Jesus that actually locates the family of Jesus to the ancient rulers of Palmyra. Thus, it would appear that in Pendry’s fiction insightful coincidence apparently collides with potential historical fact. Although one would like to think that bloodshed in the name of Christ was long a thing of the past, the imperial lust for other people’s resources, however disguised in the cloak of Western Christianity, a mask indeed for the Western elite’s current neo-liberal economic ideology, is an ongoing existential threat to the peace of the peoples of the world that ferociously contradicts what Jesus had intended. Such weighty concerns and ponderous seriousness to the side however, for those who love a good fiction read Pendry’s Damascus Redemption is an enjoyable rollicking rollercoaster of a ride.

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