CHECKMATE; The King's Game in the Middle East

Copyright ©2020 Written by Gennaro Buonocore

Pub Date 11.23.20

PAPERBACK  EDITION ISBN: 978-1-7358535-0-5

E-BOOK EDITION ISBN 978-1-7358535-1-2

Library of Congress 2020947150
Non-Fiction / Political Science / Military Studies / Adult Education

“Checkmate” is a comprehensive look into the current Middle Eastern political and strategic reality which views the region as a giant chessboard to better understand the relationship between the players. However, in viewing the complexities of the Middle East it is important to understand that strategy is not everything. This is a region of the world where emotions, passions and cultural heritage have played the protagonists' roles. Considering historical implications, memories both physical and emotional, and the unfortunate consequences of cultural displacements, this essay explores the effects on social identities, which may result in prolonged strife and conflict.

This work does not attempt to be a sociology treatise nor a policy paper. Rather, it is a collection of personal observations and experiences placed in the context of historical events. It focuses on the Middle East, but the concept could be applied to any area of the world. With this book, the author suggests that conflict, in the greater Middle East, cannot be mitigated until Western expectations are modified to include an understanding of the effects that cultural heritage has on regional dynamics. If we wish to understand why we have lost so many lives (and caused the death of many more) with little to no progress towards lasting peace in the Middle East, we need to expand our understanding of cultural heritage to embrace a wider context that today's Western - and especially the American - culture does not easily provide. It is not necessarily the West's fault; it is just a natural consequence of beneficial economic development, and secularization.

About the Author

John Huddles is a screenwriter, film director, and novelist. His writing career began as editor-in-chief of Brown University’s student magazine, and as one of Brown's first-ever Undergraduate Writing Fellows. He is also a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Nitze School Of Advanced International Studies and the American Film Institute Conservatory. His debut novel, the kids’ sci-fi/adventure story, Boon On The Moon, extended his love of sci-fi/fantasy from storytelling for the screen to the page. With Asha Of The Air, John shifts into sci-fi/fantasy for an adult readership, in a novel that weaves together European chivalric legend and India’s sacred texts for a mythological diptych of past and future.

“The Middle East is indeed a complex environment. Military operations might still be pervasive in that part of the world, yet their efficacy is limited when dealing with ideology and identity. Gennaro has used real life experiences, and a Mediterranean grasp of history to create a very entertaining book.

Highly recommended”
Giuseppe Santomartino – Major General Italian Army (Ret.), former Defense Attache’ in Iraq, Jordan, and Italian Armed Forces Senior National Representative at USCENTCOM.
Author of “Understanding and Countering Jihadism – Interpretations, Ideologies, Doctrines, Strategies, and its Theorists” (Italian Version) ‘Panda Edizione’

About the Author

Gennaro Buonocore is a senior international banking and capital markets specialist and a professor of Comparative National Security Analysis. He is a graduate of the European Business School London, received his Masters of Finance from Webster University School of Business and Technology and a Dottorato in Economia e Mercati from the Universita' di Roma III. He has served as a military police officer in the Italian Polizia di Stato and as a reserve Civil Affairs officer in the Corpo Militare della Croce Rossa Italiana. He currently serves as a reserve Foreign Area Officer in the United States Navy. In his business and military capacity, he has worked extensively across the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Other works by John Huddles

"Huddles' literary debut is a brisk, delightful story … Exemplary characters enliven a comical lunar romp."

—Kirkus Reviews, reviewing Boon On The Moon

"Wonderful" ... "a terrific and memorable science fiction tale." —Foreword Reviews, starred review of Boon On The Moon, a Foreword INDIES 2020 Finalist for Book Of The Year, Juvenile Fiction

Huddles’ sci-fi thriller The Philosophers is an "adventure film of ideas" ... "sneakily beautiful" with "bravura fantasy sequences” —Filmmaker Magazine

"impressively written and directed by John Huddles" ... "unusually creative and ambitious" ... "packed with smart, provocative ideas" 

—Los Angeles Times, reviewing The Philosophers 

"Checkmate is a concise and thoughtful primer on the intricacies of Middle Eastern politics. With chess as its overarching metaphor, the book describes Middle Eastern affairs from the perspective of their major players, asserting that, "when it comes to the Middle East … there are no available short-cuts. Checkmate is a fascinating text … an excellent diagram of the political climate of the Middle East."

—Benjamin Welton, Clarion Foreword Reviews

ASHA of the AIR

Copyright ©2021 Written by John Huddles

Pub Date 2.22.2022

HARDCOVER  EDITION ISBN: 978-1-7358535-29


Library of Congress
FICTION/ Fantasy/Epic BISAC 1
FICTION/ Romance/Gothic BISAC 2

A fantasy novel for the Time’s Up era.

In a mythological future, Asha, the last daughter of an ancient house, breaks from the abusive prince that she married five years earlier at the age of seventeen (thinking he would save her from her troubles), then makes an epic trek of body and mind to gain self-knowledge and realize her destiny as a woman beyond the constraints of gender or wedlock. A fantasy novel for the Time’s Up era, Asha’s ambitions and the contours of her story differ sharply from those of the male archetype in a novel that draws from both the love-tragedies of European chivalric legend and India’s sacred texts.