Thursday, May 10, 2012
Dan Wooding bases Red Dagger on personal experiences
Pat Boone describes it as ‘a gripping novel about terror, betrayal and redemption’
By Jeremy Reynalds
Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
LAKE FOREST, CA (ANS) -- Dan Wooding’s career must rate as one of the most unusual in journalism. For he has gone from being a London correspondent for the National Enquirer and a staffer on the Sunday People and the Sunday Mirror, two of Britain's raciest tabloids, to an undercover reporter and campaigner for persecuted Christians in the restricted countries of the world.
The fast-moving book, much of which is based on his many years of traveling to some of the world’s hot-spots, features a Palestinian terrorist who belongs to the Red Dagger terror group from Gaza, a place that Wooding has visited several times, an Irish double agent, and a drunken American journalist who moves to London and spends too much time in a pub nicknamed “The Stab in the Back” because that is where tabloid journalist gathered to verbally stab each other in the back.
Wooding knows all about this journalists’ pub as it was there that he recommitted his life to Christ back in the late 1970s and went to Uganda to write “Uganda Holocaust” with Irish-Canadian, Ray Barnett, who later founded the African Children’s Choir.
Each one of the characters finally finds redemption in their twisted lives, but not before much mayhem has been committed and the world had stood on the edge of complete disaster.
“Red Dagger is the result of more than 20 years of loving work,” Wooding told me. “It began when a colleague told me that I should put together a novel that incorporated all the years of personal experiences I have had since I first entered journalism with The Christian in London back in 1968.”
“Although none of these experiences are used in the book as they actually occurred, they helped me to imagine many of the scenes included in the book,” said Wooding. “Also, my travels to Gaza were great background to writing up the many scenes there.”
They include veteran American entertainer, Pat Boone, who said, “Dan Wooding’s latest book, Red Dagger, is a gripping novel about terror, betrayal and redemption. Much of it is set in Gaza, but also features a Northern Ireland terrorist and an American journalist who, after moving to London, finds himself spending too much time in a bar called ‘The Stab in the Back’ with other drunken hacks. The conclusion of the book has a most dramatic twist that held my attention right to the very end. I enthusiastically endorse Red Dagger, which is written by one of the world’s most traveled journalists.”
Since Wooding released Red Dagger, his book with a foreword by Elton John, and called Caped Crusader: Rick Wakeman in the 1970s has been released, by the Gonzo Media Group in the UK. (To get a copy, just go to: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/175-3322713-8754804?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Caped+Crusader+Rick+Wakeman+in+the+1970s+by+Dan+Wooding
Finally, Dr. Ted Baehr, Founder and Publisher of Movieguide® and chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission®, said, “A brilliant writer, Dan Wooding, who has authored over 40 books, has written a wonderful, compelling, evangelistic novel about Middle East terrorism. I highly recommend it.”
So if you want to enter the dark and dangerous world of international terrorism and be inspired with its conclusion, this is the book for you, or even for a friend who loves good novels.
To purchase a copy of “Red Dagger” (Tanswell Books), go to: http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/red-dagger/11050174
If you live in the USA and would like an autographed copy of the book, just send a check for $20.00 (which includes postage) made out to Dan Wooding, and mail it to Dan Wooding, PO Box 609, Lake Forest, CA 92609. For overseas orders, please add a further $3.00 USD. Also, please put in the memo section of the check, “For Red Dagger.”
Note to the media: Dan Wooding is available for interviews about the book by e-mailing him at email@example.com.
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