Fourth Novel in the Knight-Devlin Legal Thriller Series, DEADLY DIAMONDS, Out Today
DEADLY DIAMONDS by John F. Dobbyn releases in Hardcover (ISBN 978-1-60809-092-1, Thriller, 304 Pages, List $26.95) and all eBook/Digital platforms (ISBN 978-1-60809-093-8, List $14.95) nationwide today, September 3, 2013.
In DEADLY DIAMONDS, the protagonists, Michael Knight and Lex Devlin take on the Italian Mafia and Irish Mafia of Boston, remnants of the IRA in Ireland, and the deadly child army of Sierra Leone. Can they stop the enormously profitable trade of 'blood diamonds', the tainted stones mined by enslaved children, and smuggled into the mainstream for cash to buy weapons and drugs?
The author, John F. Dobbyn had this to say about 'blood diamonds' as a result of his research for DEADLY DIAMONDS:
"Say the word, 'diamond', and you conjure visions of brilliance, purity, and romance. Combine it with the word, 'blood', as in 'blood diamond', and it screams of acts so horrific that only Satan himself could originate them.
"Consider what the lust for diamonds has done to the little west African country of Sierra Leone. Just as liquid wealth gushes out of the ground in Dubai and into the living standards of its people, so too, Sierra Leone had the potential for one of the highest standards of living of any country in the world, courtesy of the abundantly rich deposits of rough diamonds on and under its soil. And yet, in a recent United Nations ranking of 170 countries in terms of levels of poverty, Sierra Leone hit the bottom rung. It was ranked 170th. Why the derailment of this glorious potential?
"Begin with a 'government', in the loosest usage of that term, whose sole claim to accomplishment is its commitment to graft and greed-fired corruption. That alone could short-circuit the flow of the land's flow of bountiful benefits to the people. But combine it with the following, and the result is inevitably the past and current state of the people of Sierra Leone.
"In 1991, a rebel band calling itself the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) took training from neighboring Liberian forces in the art of terroristic inhumanity and crossed into Sierra Leone, apparently as a revolt against the government's seizing of the diamond resources for its own benefit. The motive soon degenerated into its own addictive lust for those same diamonds.
"RUF tactics were straight from hell. Mobs of their renegade teen-agers, illiterate and drugged beyond the reach of conscience, would course through a jungle village in a topless pickup truck spraying death randomly out of the barrels of AK-47s. Men, women, and young children fell like stalks of wheat before a thresher. I'll not be more specific in terms of their signature brands of torture of those left alive. The RUF's personal nicknames, such as General Babykiller, and operation names, such as Operation No Living Thing, will bring you as close to the level of personal nightmares as you want to come.
"Young boys, from fifteen down to eight years old, would be taken, forced to kill with the ubiquitous AK-47, sometimes of their own families, and then claimed as part of the drugged up army of killers.