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.
In Yemen, seven years ago, the Houthis, backed by Iran, began a protracted civil war from the Northern section of Yemen. When that happened Saudi Arabia waged war on the rebel group. Then the Houthis targeted Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities and facilities in the UAE.
Now the Houthis are saying Saudi and their allies have, in the last five years siphoned off $13 billion in oil that belonged to Yemen. UN special envoys have looked for a solution. The Houthis using Iranian drones have refused to agree to a settlement with the Yemeni government and Saudi Arabia. The fight goes on as the oil and gas wells keep producing.
Bob pointed to a road coming into the Empty Quarter from the west. “The only other way to bring contraband into Saudi is through North Yemen. That part of the world is controlled by the Shia Houthis. They began as a preaching group, and now with Iranian support, are a political and military power in North Yemen. The Saudis are fighting them, with few positive results.