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The Messenger has arrived!

Atlanta, GA—K. M. Deal launches her new book The Messenger, a novel of intrigue. Aberdeen Bay Publishers released the book on January 31, 2012.

In The Messenger, K. M. Deal creates a riveting thriller that follows a nightmare scenario for an Arab American neurologist approached by terrorists. Mirroring the conflicts erupting across the Middle East today, the story depicts the struggle of a man who is loyal to his country but values his heritage. When everything Dr. Sami Nasser loves is threatened, he must find a way to triumph over the evil that suddenly lies coiled on his doorstep.    

The prologue of The Messenger begins with a funeral in Decatur, Georgia. A man observes from a distant hilltop. He is known throughout terrorist networks as Al Ustadh, the Teacher. Born in Egypt and educated at Oxford, he is as comfortable in London and New York as in Cairo.

The story begins one month prior to the funeral. Dr. Sami Nasser, a Palestinian born neurologist practicing at Emory University Hospital, is passionately involved in his work and married to a beautiful American woman. The Teacher is his nemesis, a man who craves violence as much as Sami abhors it.

As the plot unfolds, the beliefs and experiences of both men reveal a radically divergent interpretation of Islam. The Teacher dispatches three acolytes to extract information from Sami—at any cost. Khalid ibn Ali is the messenger. Haunted by self doubt and past shame, he is determined to prove himself worthy of command. Mahmoud, rescued from the squalor of Beirut, pledges allegiance to his benefactors in Hezbollah. Abdullah, bred in the mountains of Yemen, vows to avenge the destruction of his tribe.

The ensuing action takes place in Decatur, GA, historic Savannah, and the exclusive enclave of Haig Point on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina. A brutal murder triggers a frantic chase up I-95 and culminates in an explosive climax in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.


About the Author

The Messenger is Kathleen’s (K. M. Deal) first novel. Thrillers abound with Arab terrorists, but she wanted a new twist for The Messenger and settled on a Palestinian protagonist who has allegiance to the West but values his heritage. Her experience living and traveling in the Middle East gives her perspective on the culture and the people.

A graduate of Oglethorpe University, Kathleen spent thirty years in the corporate world as a business analyst. Writing fiction on the side was a hobby with the dream of eventually completing a novel. She has been published in literary journals, local newspapers, and Southern Living Magazine.

After falling in love with the beaches of the Gulf Coast and the mountains, wetlands, and coastal islands of Georgia, she considers herself a Southerner. Nature is a constant source of inspiration and she is happiest combing an isolated beach or hiking along a mountain trail.      

Kathleen is a frequent speaker at luncheons, book clubs, and women’s groups where she discusses the importance of sharing our stories and seeking to understand other cultures. A full time writer, mother, and grandmother, she divides her time between Destin, FL and the foothills of the Appalachians.  


Fact Sheet

Book Information

Title: The Messenger

Publisher: Aberdeen Bay

Author: K. M. Deal

ISBN-10: 1608300706

ISBN-13: 978-1608300709

Page Count: 284

Publish Release Date: January 31, 2012

Publisher Contact:

Aberdeen Bay – Virginia Office
9301 Maple Street
Manassas, Virginia 20110

Book Order Phone: 703-473-1392 (for book orders only)


Author Contact Information




 The Messenger is now available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and in select bookstores. for Kindle






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