The Bystander

an Amy Prowers book by Katherine Burlake

The Bystander is a mystery thriller set in Saudi Arabia where political power, religion, and oil money intersect.

The king is dying, and a successor must be chosen from the next generation, the grandsons of the Abdul Aziz, the founder of the kingdom. One prince, His Royal Highness Rashid Abdul Aziz, whose father was killed in an assassination before he took the throne, is determined to rule. He is financing terrorism to kill off his half-brothers and cousins. Royal blood is not enough. He needs to demonstrate he is worthy of the crown. If his wife can find the first Qur’an, used by the Prophet, Prince Rashid will be the next king.

Rashid needs someone he can trust, and asks an American friend, Amy Prowers, to assist his wife, Princess Hassa, on the excavation and to validate the finding. Amy is not an archaeologist, but through her aunt’s private international organization, the Committee, has access to experts who could validate the excavation at the ancient city of Ubar in the Empty Quarter. Eager to help her deceased husband’s friend, Prince Rashid, Amy arrives and discovers there is more at stake than ancient cultures.

The kingdom is a breeding ground for a new generation of terrorists. Prince Rashid, is believed to be the founder of a secret sect called the Black Princes. Amy’s life is at risk as she becomes a participant in her friends quest for the Saudi throne.

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