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A fast-paced thriller that exposes the dark underworld of India and will take you on a nail-biting roller coaster ride.
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Thank you so much for visiting my project. I am grateful for your time and support. Supporting this novel will help me as an indie author to accomplish my dream of delivering a thrilling trilogy lead by a female protagonist.

WHY THIS BOOK?

Your want to know the truth: Having lived in 7 countries and travelled extensively through over 80 countries I have seen things that compel me to write and share with the world the truth hidden behind the thin veneer of our societies. Championed by the female protagonist, Sophie Kramer, this fictional tale reveals the truth about the unseen India. 

Your want to have your say: Although richly influenced by my foreign travels I find my inspiration from my life experiences. This has lead to a number of independently published novels that due to their unique point of view resonate with many readers. Readers like you continually engage in lively discussions to express your thoughts through social media.

You like to change the status quo: ‘Social Media Awareness’ is an innovative way to reach out and support the power of change. You and I are an integral part of this Kickstarter project and together we would shed light on the dark side of our societies to perhaps initiate a change for better.

You love a good thriller: 'Temple of Hope' is a fast-paced, thriller that will send shivers down your spine. I invite you on a journey of adventure, mystery and international intrigue and promise you that it's many twists and turns will have you turning the pages.

You would like to see more female protagonists: In male domineering societies it is refreshing to find female protagonists. ‘Temple of Hope’ is the debut novel in the trilogy of Sophie Kramer, an FBI Special Agent, who for personal and professional reasons is committed to fight the oppressed systems that harbour human rights abuses.

WHY NOT OTHER BOOKS?

Because my book is uniquely different.

Different because this book is supported by years of field research and interviews and starts with a compelling idea based on human rights issue. You would love this book for its powerful characters, intricate plots filled with adventure and mystery, and action-packed situations.

Different because there are very few books written by Indians about child prostitution in India. Having been born and raised in India I have conducted extensive field research for this book that I believe uniquely qualifies me to amplify the Indian perspective on the prevalent and unspoken subject.

Different because it is the debut novel in a trilogy introducing Sophie Kramer, an FBI female Special Agent, who is determined and committed to seek justice for those victimized by oppression, unjust societies, and unethical systems.

Different because while it addresses serious issues, it packs a lot of drama, mystery and action to give the story a fresh perspective.

THE STORY

In New Delhi, the mysterious disappearance of the US ambassador to India coincides with the kidnapping of a little American girl, Amy. Are the two incidences related? No immediate clues are uncovered to reveal the motive in either case. After a couple of days the ambassador returns unharmed but remains tightlipped about his disappearance. He raises hell for the FBI to find the missing girl.

Sophie Kramer, Special FBI Agent, arrives in India to investigate. She discovers a frightening clue in the disappearance of the little girl that is connected to the Dubai backed criminal underworld of India. What she discovers threatens to shake the very foundation of the Indian law enforcement system and expose corrupt senior Indian politicians.

Then an unexpected chain of events put her face to face with an aristocratic family of Rajasthan. With their support Sophie discovers the unsavoury truth about child prostitution in India that is controlled by the underworld and protected by both the police and politicians.

Sophie is now a target and there is an attempt on her life. She barely escapes with her life and discovers that it is a matter of days before Amy will permanently disappear into the deep and dark world of child prostitution. She is forced to take risks and expose those who are behind Amy’s abduction. But the odds are not in her favour.

She has no choice but to confront the leaders of the underworld. She knows she is walking into a death trap but there is no other alternative.

Will she and Amy perish due to her hastily put together plan? Would she survive the web weaved by both the criminal underworld and the corrupt law enforcement system and find the missing girl?

Answers to these questions are revealed by what Sophie does next.

REVIEWS OF MY PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED BOOKS

The following are some of the comments that my readers posted on Amazon about my published work:

Master story tellerSimone, whose descriptions can send shivers down your spine or just relax you, is a master storyteller who is on his way to a great career.

Amazing—The author is widely traveled and understands cultures and is able to use it well in his book. The scenes almost seemed like they were drawn right before me and it was extremely easy to step into them and it certainly gave me a feeling of the story coming alive.

A Well-Written Taut Piece that Will Keep You ReadingAs an author, Simone has a command of language, characterization, plotting and twisting the plot around that will keep you turning your pages just to see what happens next, you just won't be able to put this down.

Nail-biting thriller written with great style—Like his other novels, you are automatically drawn into Simone's novels due to his elaborate style of writing and rich use of the English language.

Startling—A startlingly wonderful read by Simone whose command of English, style, description and characterization is excellent.

Great storyteller—Having now read several of Simone's books -- Simone is really establishing an excellent reputation. Simone is a great storyteller.

Stunning and original—The strength of this novel is undoubtedly in the writing - it is extremely rich in language and quite original. I found the novel to be both absorbing and appealing, a measure of the writer's talent.

IS THE PROJECT VIABLE?

The short answer is yes. Why? Because I have already invested over $1,500 on comprehensive research, critiquing and editing. Funds raised by this project will mainly go towards formatting, printing and shipping.

Risks and challenges

Virtually none. Because I have already made it through the hardest part of any book: it is already written. And having successfully published five novels and sold thousands of copies I have learnt a lot about book business.

For this project, the years of research has already been done and validated. The book concepts, the plot, the characters, all have already been developed. The book has been written, critiqued and revised many times. Industry-recognized professionals have edited it. What remains is selecting an appropriate style for the interior design and finalizing the design for the book cover. Restricting the availability of paperback copies to the US market has already mitigated the risk of high shipping charges.

I feel quite confident that with your help and my experience this project would be successful. Thank you for giving attention to this project and helping to make a difference.

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