Singapore-Israeli history inspires ex-journalist’s dark and edgy spy thriller, Smokescreen

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Singapore-Israeli history inspires ex-journalist’s dark and edgy spy thriller, Smokescreen

English: The Nile River as it flows through th...

English: The Nile River as it flows through the city of Cairo, Egypt. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Author from Singapore, Khaled Talib, has earned acclaim from genre greats, including NYT best-selling authors Keith Thomson and Ruth Harris

Khaled Talib’s upcoming novel, Smokescreen, is the launch title for Lightning Originals, a new publishing line from Hong Kong-based Typhoon Media. Smokescreen puts a bold spin on the genre of espionage noir, revealing an incisive yet sly tale of political deception to drive the story forward into a brutal truth.

About the book

Smokescreen draws a variety of inspiration, from the infamous Lavon Affair (“Operation Susannah”), a failed Israeli covert operation in Egypt, the Jewish state’s role in shaping Singapore’s army to the bombing of the island’s oil refinery by a Palestinian group, and the United States’ position on the question of Palestine.

About the publisher

Hong Kong-based Typhoon Media, which snapped Smokescreen, has slated January 2014 for the digital release of the novel, to be published under its Lightning Originals imprint. A print version is also expected to be available.

Smokescreen is a remarkable piece of fiction that thrums with originality and takes the espionage thriller genre to a unique level. The author’s work has bowled me over from the first chapter. I am tremendously excited to be publishing this novel under the Lightning Originals imprint,” said Marshall Moore, Typhoon Media’s founder.

In the novel, readers go on a riveting journey that begins in Cairo, Egypt, but soon darts into the hidden and unseen worlds of questionable agendas and sinister plans involving the political affairs of the Middle East. Meanwhile, in Singapore, a magazine journalist is framed for murder and he is drawn into a web of deception and intrigue involving officials from the Singaporean, Israeli, and American governments, each with a complex, competing, and potentially deadly agenda.

KhaledTlaibAuthorAbout the Author

Born and raised in Singapore, the 48-year-old Khaled Talib is a Public Relations Practitioner who began his writing career in journalism.

He has written for magazines, newspapers and news syndications.

His career also took him to Cairo, Egypt where he reported for Egypt Today before becoming editor of Cairo’s Community Times.

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