An Iranian-born physicist living the American dream, Dr. Ross Shaheen is at the top of his game. Between his internationally-recognized nuclear weapons research career at the prestigious Berkeley Lab and his picture-perfect family in the San Francisco suburbs, it's a good life that can only get better-until he is lured into lecturing before an elite group of scientists in his home country.
The 7,000-mile trip takes Shaheen back to the land of the lion and sun, yet it also delivers to Iran's very doorstep an important American citizen with Top Secret security clearance. Taken captive in a subterranean plant by Amir Meshkin, head of Iran's secret nuclear weapons program, will Shaheen be forced to provide him with the access needed to successfully advance the Iranian nuclear agenda?
The answer lies in a twisting plot of espionage and survival, putting to the test not only Shaheen's secret knowledge but also the very core of his allegiance. If he lives, he could walk away a hero for his country. The question is-which one?
Praise for Mushroom in the Sand
"Suspense at its best . . . playing brilliantly in the shadows between espionage, fact, and fiction."
"Mushroom in the Sand is smartly written, with reliable political and historical accuracy. It's a perfect balance of intrigue, suspense, and action." ~Pat McKay
"Engaging narrative, vivid descriptions . . . each page you read is almost like watching the story on a movie screen. I didn't want to put the book down." ~Roy Williams
"Brilliant! Ferdowsi has elegantly woven a time-relevant labyrinth of twists and turns determined to keep you guessing until the very last page." ~Kenny Kline