Albert Ashforth Wins Award for THE RENDITION
The Military Writers Society of America has awarded Albert Ashforth the bronze medal award for his thriller, The Rendition. Ashforth joined the army and served overseas after graduating high school. When he returned, he earned a B.A. from Brooklyn College and a M.A. and a Ph.D. from New York University. He worked for two New York newspapers before returning to Europe as an instructor for the University of Maryland's Overseas Program. He also served at the German Military Academy training NATO officers and as an instructor at the 10th Group Special Forces headquarters in Bad Tolz. As a military contractor, he has done tours in Bosnia, Macedonia, Germany, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. Dr. Ashforth is now on the faculty at the State University of New York and lives in New York City.
In his novel, The Rendition, Ashforth clearly defines an extraordinary rendition-In the U.S: The practice of covertly sending a foreign criminal or terrorist suspect to be interrogated in a country with less rigorous regulations of the humane treatment of prisoners.
The brutal secret war to win Kosovo's freedom from Serbia is in full swing when The Rendition takes readers behind the headlines for an inside look at the United States' involvement. Alex Klear, a veteran intelligence officer, is sent to the Balkans on a hastily planned rendition which goes terribly bad. Alex decides it's time to retire. However, when he is persuaded to go to Germany as part of an operation connected to the rendition, he finds himself caught between two dynamic women, an old girlfriend and the female colonel running the 'op.' While there, he becomes a target of the Kosovo Liberation Army, a murder suspect to the German police, and for his superiors the perfect fall guy to take the heat for a badly botched secret operation. With Kosovo's independence declaration coming closer by the day, the secret war heats up and Alex comes to realize that he is at the center of a murky conspiracy aimed at making the United States an international pariah.
Oceanview congratulates Albert Ashforth on receiving this prestigious honor.