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A Land Without Morning

Bonnie Ridley Kraft

Pages: 296
ISBN: 978-145752-101-0
List Price: 15.95
Category: Fiction
Available: August 2013
Edition: Perfectbound

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Afghanistan is the largest producer of opium in the world. The World Designs Ltd. organization intends to break the back of the illicit business by removing the head man at the Kabul cartel, Faisal Ratebzad. But once in Kabul, the operatives become entangled in an Afghan family’s tragedy. Rashid Ahmadabadi has already lost one daughter, and now his second daughter has disappeared.

Soledad Garretson is a journalist who had worked in Afghanistan a few years earlier, and she has first-hand knowledge of the torture and murder of Ahmadabadi’s daughter.

Thus their mission changes, as they attempt to rescue one daughter even as they extract revenge for the murder of other.

Rashid was a conservative man, and devout. But one of his more strongly-held beliefs was somewhat outside of the norm. He believed that women were equal to men, and thus should be treated as such. And this meant that his two daughters would receive the same education as his sons.

Rashid and Faisal Ratebzad had been friends since childhood, but they disagreed vehemently on two fronts. Rashid could not abide Faisal’s leading rôle in the opium cartel, and Faisal could not approve of Rashid’s extreme views on women. And so, at some point, a collision of values was inevitable.

As the story unfolds, Rashid comes to understand the strength of Faisal’s opposition. And even though Faisal Ratebzad’s fortress was impregnable, the World Designs Ltd. operatives penetrated it.

Book number four in the World Designs Ltd. series takes brothers Salvadore and Raúl San Martín to Afghanistan, and the war-shattered city of Kabul. Accompanying them also as operatives are other officers with the Gendarmería Nacional of Argentina.

Bonnie Ridley Kraft was born and raised in the town of Buffalo, Wyoming in the United States. She left there at the age of eighteen, and has rarely looked back. She was imbued with her love of travel, cultures and languages by her two sons, Adam and Jess, and this is reflected in her writing. She has traveled to many places in the world, both for work and for pleasure. At the moment, she is living in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Bonnie was the fourth of seven children that were born to Jesse and Louise Ridley. At the age of nineteen, she was married to John Garretson and moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, where she worked for the Fairbanks Daily News Miner newspaper. When she was twenty, she was widowed as a result of a motorcycle crash.

She returned to university, this time in Portland, Oregon, where she met and married Mark Kraft. Two sons, Adam and Jess, came from this marriage, as did divorce. Currently, Adam lives in Chicago, and Jess lives in Bogotá, Colombia, with his wife, Narda Góngora.

For many years, Bonnie was a city manager in Oregon and other states. She was also president of a professional organization, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, and in that capacity traveled abroad to South Africa, Israel, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

As the delegation leader for the People to People International organization, in 1991, Bonnie traveled to Leningrad (the name changed back to St. Petersburg two weeks later) and Moscow in Russia, and to Prague, Czechoslovakia, for professional meetings. Again for the same organization, in 1992 she was delegation leader to Almaty, Kazakhstan; Kiev, Ukraine; and Budapest, Hungary.

Bonnie is the author of several professional articles and book reviews. She has been a frequent speaker at professional conferences in the United States and Canada as well as internationally.

Bonnie and her sons have traveled extensively. They were in Czechoslovakia in 1990, the time and setting coinciding with that of The Kámen, her first book in the World Designs Ltd. series.

Her second book, The Long Way Home, is set in Amsterdam and in Bruge, Belgium.

The third book of the World Design Ltd. series, To Hold a Rainbow, takes place in Argentina, the country that she now calls home.

And book number four, A Land Without Morning, takes the San Martín brothers to the war-torn and wintry city of Kabul, Afghanistan.