Ali Muhami, the American attorney, the trusted infidel, invited to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to manage the security of the oil pipeline and the industrial city, was bestowed with the highest government security clearances for which he was blackmailed by Colonel Abdullah leading the military coup d'etat to overthrow the King and the Royal family in order to hold democratic parliamentary elections and institute reforms of religious freedom and pluralism, thus transforming Saudi Arabia and Islam forever.
Blackmailed into betraying the leaders of the Islamic terrorist group, Al Jihad, so the Colonel could kill them all on Christmas day and foil their plot to sabotage the oil pipeline, incite a holy war and behead the King and the Royal family, Ali was tortured by the fear of losing his own head videoed at the edge of the Red Sea, a humiliating spectacle of his ear-to-ear decapitation shown to the whole world.
The guilt he felt, loathing himself while he deceived everyone...Jalal, Ali, Sahir, Bilal, Marwan, Aziz, Steve, Dave, and Jerry, the friends he would lose. And what of Diane, Alya, and Jennifer...and the love he would lose ? The day he was first told by the Colonel they knew from his own words his thoughts, his opinions and what he believed in, began the paranoia that crept deep into his mind. There was no escape from a country you couldn't leave without permission.
From the honest, trustworthy man of integrity they believed him to be, above reproach, to the fateful day when they began to suspect him and distrust him, the seeds of discontent began swirling like sand in a desert storm...plotting a tale of blackmail, betrayal, palace intrigue, Islamic terrorism, sabotage, and a coup to overthrow the King. How Ali was proclaimed a patriot, awarded the civilian Medal of Honor leaving the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia a hero, is a story you would not believe, except so much of what you'll read was true.
Anthony S. Petruccelli, Esq. was born in 1950 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He received his B.A. in political science from Fordham University and his J.D. (Juris Doctorate) from Gonzaga University School of Law.
Through the 1980s, he lived in Saudi Arabia as general manager of a Saudi Arabian establishment, administering the security contract for the trans-Arabian east-west oil pipeline and Yanbu industrial city. As managing attorney of a NY firm's Saudi legal consultancy, and as an associate attorney with Ismail Nazer, he served as legal counsel to multinational corporations in foreign affairs, joint venture, capital investment, industrial and commercial licensing, and advised the Ministries of Commerce and Finance, drafting Saudi Arabia's first commercial bankruptcy law. He also served as legal counsel to the U.S. Consulate Dhahran. After repatriating, Mr. Petruccelli served as special legal counsel and expert witness on Saudi Arabian law in litigation involving U.S. companies from their activities in the Kingdom.
He has lectured at seminars, colleges and universities on developing international business, foreign country risk analysis, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. In the interests of higher education, he organized and incorporated the International School, Lake Washington School District, serving on its executive board and as its legal counsel.