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Novel: The Man Who Fooled SAVAK

Based on actual events!

The Man Who Fooled SAVAK
by Douglas Robers
Published by Outerbanks Publishing, Inc.
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RALEIGH, NC - Douglas Roberts in his debut novel, The Man Who Fooled SAVAK, weaves an engaging tale of love, romance and suspense around true events that are even more relevant today as they were 40 years ago in Tehran.   When the ebook version was released, the Arab spring had not yet happened. 

World events demanded a print version of this exciting tale.   The release date is set for February 1st.

The Man Who Fooled SAVAK inspired by true events in the early 1970s, captures what it is like to live in a dictatorship with the Shah's secret police monitoring your every move - an atmosphere of fear that still pervades today in many countries in the Middle East.  

This is an activist novel, with a preface protesting the imprisonment of Jafar Panahi.

“The book is as relevant today with the current events in the Middle East as if it were written in the 1970s,” said Anthony S. Policastro, publisher of Outer Banks Publishing Group.

 “It is rare that a book comes along and reminds us of the some of the basic freedoms and human rights we take for granted living in a Democracy,” Mr. Policastro added.

The story is about a G.I. stationed in Tehran during the Vietnam War, who falls in love with an Iranian girl and who later launches an elaborate plan to get his finance and her mother out of the country. They hope to reunite with their father and husband who escaped death from the Shah’s secret police, SAVAK, ten years earlier.

What is amazing is that Douglas Roberts recalled many of the events in vivid detail with the help of a few of his friends, who were also stationed in Tehran at the time of his tour in the 1970s. And recent events in Iran have kindled his memories of his time in Tehran and his passion to write, The Man Who Fooled SAVAK.


Douglas Roberts
Douglas Roberts

If there were a way to tell the General,  "I'm sorry for all the gray hairs I must have given you,"  I would do it.  "General Ellis Williamson,  put up with a lot of headaches from me,"  I realized  after reading of his passing in 2007,  and a eulogy describing his own tribulations working with the Shah of Iran --  which sadly cut short his military career.   It made me reflect how he and I became allies of sorts in the end, as we both had our respective battles with SAVAK, Iran's dreaded secret police.   

My own problems with SAVAK began shortly after I arrived in Iran I met a woman named Fari, who quickly became my girl friend.  I learned her family was a victim of the Shah's secret police.   In a tearful revelation she told me her father, Hossein Khazaneh was a well known lawyer who represented political figures.   He had to flee the country hastily when SAVAK tried to kill him for uncovering the fact that SAVAK was using manufactured evidence against his most famous client, Bijan Jazani, -- founder of  Iran's first Fadayeen guerrilla movement.

With no higher motive other than to impress my new love I begin a search for Fari's father, whose fate is unknown.  The first clue we get that he is alive is a mysterious postcard which bears not one but two stamps commemorating the 10th anniversary of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights.   I eventually meet him in Lucerne, Switzerland on a Christmas  R&R with my family who has never met a practicing Muslim.   My eventual impossible task, -- given to me by Fari's father  --  is to implement his ingenious plan to get his daughter and wife out of Iran and past SAVAK's  intimidation and repression by a very clever ruse which almost doesn't work. 

This multicultural romance/suspense novel is about living in Tehran, Iran  from  March 1971 through May 7th 1972.    It's a novelized  first person story very loosely based on my actual experiences as a draftee in the  U.S. Army serving in the ARMISH/MAAG advisory unit, which advised the Shah of Iran.    SAVAK's role in the Shah's repressive regime is well researched and woven into my story line, as is Iranian history and its culture.  There are many parallels in the book with what is currently happening in Iran namely the repression of people who are becoming fed up with the government's leadership and starting to do something about it.

This debut novel has been professionally edited under the guidance of Author One Stop and is now completed at 153K words.  

Journalism/writing background:   I was the assistant editor of  the Rio Grande College student newspaper for two years.   I was the editor/writer and photographer for an arts newsletter called ArtReach for two years.  I did graduate work in journalism at Kent State from 1972 through 1974. My day job is working for, working online to help the company develop, and maintain their many health related websites. 

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