Monday, September 3, 2012
International journalist, Dan Wooding, releases ‘Red Dagger,’ his 44th book, but his first novel
Says the idea for the book originally came to him some 42 years ago while he was standing outside a London police station where Palestinian hijacker, Leila Khaled, was being held
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LAKE FOREST, CA (ANS) -- International journalist, Dan Wooding, 71, founder of the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net), has released his 44th book -- and his first novel.
Wooding has now revealed that the germ of the idea for the novel came to him back in 1970 when, while working for the Middlesex County Times newspaper, he was sent by Bert Munday, his editor, to the Ealing police station where Leila Khaled, a Palestinian hijacker, was being held.
Khaled, he said, who was later called the “poster girl of Palestinian militancy” came to public attention for her role in a 1969 hijacking and one of four simultaneous hijackings the following year as part of the Black September timeline.
On September 6, 1970, Khaled and Patrick Argüello, a Nicaraguan American, attempted the hijack of El Al Flight 219 from Amsterdam to New York City as part of the Dawson's Field hijackings, a series of almost simultaneous hijackings carried out by the PFLP. The attack was foiled, when Israeli sky marshals killed Argüello before eventually overpowering Khaled.
“The pilot diverted the aircraft to Heathrow airport in London, where Khaled was delivered to the Ealing police station,” said Wooding.
He said that he spent that first night outside the police station, after she had been taken there, with scores of other journalists, including veteran BBC newsman, John Simpson, wondering what had turned Khaled into a hijacker.
On October 1, 1970, the British government released her as part of a prisoner exchange. The next year, the PFLP abandoned the tactic of hijacking, although splinter movements would continue to hijack airplanes.
Wooding said that some years ago, a fellow journalist told him that he should write a novel based on many of his experiences while visiting some of the world’s hotspots, and the germ of “Red Dagger” began to emerge as he thought back to that time outside the Ealing police station.
“Although none of these experiences are used in the book as they 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.”
Wooding also based some of the action in “The Stab in the Back” pub just off Fleet Street, the then center of British journalism. Wooding knows all about this journalists’ pub as it was there that he recommitted his life to Christ back in the early 1970s and went to Uganda to write “Uganda Holocaust” with Irish-Canadian, Ray Barnett.
Each one of the characters in “Red Dagger” 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” has already received praise from various celebrities who have read it.
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.”
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.”
Wooding said that already there has been “interest from several movie producers who are considering it being made into a major feature film.”
To purchase a copy of “Red Dagger,” go to: www.lulu.com/shop/dan-wooding/red-dagger/paperback/product-11050174.html;jsessionid=9B886E8DA3745ECD44CF6A7170AA307C
It also is available at: www.amazon.com/Red-Dagger-Dan-Wooding/dp/0578056534
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. 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. Just e-mail your request with your contact information to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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