Author: D.W.SmithPosted: September 16, 2012
Since time immemorial, Christianity and Islam have been finding ways to end their enduring conflict. Last 2007, a document titled “A Common Word Between Us And You” is an extraordinary communication from the Muslim world that pleads to Christians to recognize their “common ground.” However, in the light of recent global events, it seems reasonable to question whether these two groups have indeed resolved their conflict. Author D.W. Smith’s new fiction novel, ASIM: Servant of Two Masters, explores the possibility of serving both religions without offending the other.
This tale begins in 1453 Turkey, when Mehmed the Conqueror has just defeated the Byzantine Empire and a new era called the Ottoman Empire is ushered in. Sending an envoy to open trade routes to Spain and Portugal, Mehmed sends his most trusted bodyguard Asim to look after the members of the envoy. The mission is turned on its head when one of the Islamic members is murdered in her bed chamber by unknown hands.
Asim is given permission by way of a secret letter from Pope Nicholas to investigate the crime but no allowance of arresting authority of any Christian that may be involved but his instructions from Mehmed were simple; bring the cowards to justice. How can a man serve Christianity and Islam without offending either? Readers will learn the answer in ASIM: Servant of Two Masters.
Daniel W. Smith is a U.S. Army veteran who served as a paratrooper with the storied 82nd Airborne Division and also served a short stent at the JFK Special Warfare Center in Ft. Bragg N.C. After 15 years of military service, he took on a job as a civilian contractor doing a tour in the Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq and the Helmand Province in Afghanistan to support the war or terrorism. He is a native of New Jersey but makes his home in New York and still has family in south Jersey. Smith is currently working in what is known as the Victory Base Complex in Iraq along side U.S. and Coalition forces.
The book attempts to give homage to a largely forgotten or even unknown chapter in American History; the African-American Law Man in the old west. There are plenty of true stories about these Americans but mostly on obscure web pages and the untouched books in the local library. The Main Character is a fictional collection of several law man that our history has over looked like Bass Reeves from the Oklahoma Territory and before him Willie Kennard from Colorado. As dedicated as Bat Masterson or Wyatt Earp and as quick on the draw as William Butler Hickock but never caught the eye of the dime store novelist; until now.
D.W. Smith started his life as an adult in the U.S. Army and stayed for 15 years as a Combat Engineer for the most part with the 82nd Airborne Division. He grew up in the 1960’s glued to the television waiting for a John Wayne western to come on Saturday afternoon. He lived on a diet of “Bonanza”, “Wanted: Dead or Alive”, “Cheyenne”, “Have Gun-Will Travel” and “Bat Masterson”. He is currently serving as a civilian support contractor to the Department of Defense located in Baghdad, Iraq for 4 years and now in Afghanistan in the volatile Helmand Province. He is now working on a literary vision of his days supporting the modern U.S. Army War Fighter as a civilian living in a war zone.