NASHVILLE - With the publication of "The True Manchurian," first-time novelist Alphonso Ashworth contributes a new hero to the genre of espionage thrillers.
CIA agent Jericho Miles proves a super sleuth with a no-holds barred style of play as he dashes around the globe while serving his country in the midst of a presidential assassination. Along the way he encounters an evil plot in the hands of an international “order of eight” bent on controlling world leaders.
“I wondered what would happen if somebody suddenly assassinated the president in the White House, and the culprit was the least likely suspect. That set the stage for the idea of writing this story,” says Ashworth about The True Manchurian (Author’s Corner, $22.95).
The writer will appear at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Hastings Books in Murfreesboro to sign copies this political thriller as well as his new fiction novel Spin Cycle.
Always juggling titles and plots in his mind, one day Ashworth’s thought “I can write a book.” The notion overwhelmed him. He closed the piano he was playing and with pen in hand sketched an outline for the True Manchurian trilogy.
“I came up with the ending first. It took me 2 1/2 months to write,” says the owner of Custom Color, a photofinishing business in Lebanon, Tenn. “Now, all I want to do is write.”
Ashworth’s tone in the novel is not timid. There is a dedication in Miles’ life, a man obedient to the ancient law of an eye for an eye as he has no qualms in maiming the guilty and wreaking acts of violence against evil men.
“The Manchurian is the person who is controlled, not realizing they have been controlled,” Ashworth explains. “My concept is there are many Manchurians but only one who is pulling the string.”
The author believes his tale will find a healthy following in “conspiracy theorists, political junkies and those who don’t trust the government.”
Writer-historian James Leonard Delaney finds that "The True Manchurian" (Manchurian is a political paranoia label created by Richard Condon and George Axelrod) does double duty under Ashworth’s pen.
“Readers and historian will surely recognize characters based on no-nonsense leaders in recent wars and Mideast border fixations,” espouses Delaney.
“This presents a whodunit plot wrapped inside a global conspiracy, and the reader who likes a spy novel or whodunit will like it,” vows Ashworth, who recently completed his second book, Spin Cycle, before writing the second and third novels in The True Manchurian trilogy.
For more details, go online to www.thetruemanchurian.com.