The Bystander is a mystery thriller set in Saudi Arabia where rivalries in the Saudi royal family, religion, and oil money intersect. In a kingdom built on sand, an ambitious and devious prince uses terrorism to disrupt the succession and become the next king.
At the Department of State spent twenty-one years inspecting embassy operations around the world. Traveled to over 130 countries including Iraq and Afghanistan with over 200 total trips. Overseas living included Peru, Thailand, England, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and the Cote d’Ivoire. Served four years in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia at the U.S. Embassy. Worked as a management analyst at the VA for nine years. One of first 20 women accepted in Air Force Intelligence School, and the first female Air Force Intelligence Officer to serve in the Vietnam War. Born Milwaukee, Wisconsin, lives in Colorado, BS University of Oregon, MHA Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas.
The Saudi government has taken steps to stop funds being
sent from Saudi charities to terrorist groups.
Private web sites to collect for charitable work, a disguise for terrorists, have been banned and stiff fines up to a million dollars
have been assessed.
Policies across the banking and
financial sectors have been updated to stem funds going from these entities to terrorists.
He set up the Black Princes to use smugglers to move weapons around the kingdom. And if they made some money off the smuggled weapons or booze, who was to care? Saudi government officials were always ready for a handout.