A Time to Love in Tehran

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A Time to Love in Tehran


Before there was a revolution, there was a time to love in Tehran.


''The lever had no design flaws. The eight prisoners dropped instantly. Several of the men writhed and kicked and gagged. The black flag had been raised and it now flapped inside a breeze. I watched until the limbs stopped twisting and fighting and the silence returned to hover over the living and the dead. I can assure you, there was no reverence in any of it.''


A Time to Love in Tehran is in the spirit of The Spies of Warsaw and The Foreign Correspondent by Alan Furst, The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis, and The Quiet American and Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene.


“C.G. Fewston has penned an extraordinary love story and expertly woven it into a gripping tale of espionage, deprivation, and revolution. A TIME TO LOVE IN TEHRAN takes you on a remarkable journey into pre-Revolution Iran which escalates into a finale that will leave you breathless and wanting more.” Kelly Stone Gamble, author of They Call Me Crazy


“This novel gives us the excitement of Le Carré and Fleming, but its soul is found next to Márquez and Hemingway. You will be drawn in by the espionage and intrigue. You will stay because of the humanity.” Darren R. Leo, author of The Trees Beneath Us


John Lockwood is a spy who witnesses an execution in Cairo in 1966 and seeks to unlock the mystery of such devotion to faith and punishment in an anti-American world he has yet to understand. He is thrust into the Vietnam War and later works as an undercover CIA officer in Iran when he meets and falls in love with Leila Bakr, the daughter of a wealthy exporter and dissenter, only to find that her family is caught in a deadly maelstrom of death and deceit.


Lockwood and his partner Tom Bremer are then caught in a power struggle between Leila's father, Farrokh, and Colonel Vaziri, head of Evin Prison, home to hundreds of political prisoners. When Bremer is killed and Farrokh is imprisoned, Lockwood must join forces with the French Secret Service and Jean-Luc Marcel, a man who clings to a profound secret, and attempt to save the father of the woman Lockwood has grown to love before the man is executed.


‘A Middle Eastern romantic adventure that takes your breath away with every page.’ Michelle Berthiaume, author of The X X Club


‘A fantastic cloak-and-dagger novel with realistic, breath-taking visages of pre-revolution Iran.’ Emily McNamee is a substitute school teacher, Hospice volunteer, and a strong member of the community of mankind. She is the neighbor who helps you carry in your groceries or watches your kids when you have to run out at the last minute. The quiet woman at a table in the corner of a crowded restaurant, eating alone, taking notes, and creating fictional relationships when she gets home.


‘A heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you up all night.’ Fyrecurl at Fyrecurl.wordpress.com


A Time to Love in Tehran is an anti-heroic tale of finding a way to survive and to love in a world filled with lies and corruption.

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A Time to Love in Tehran

Submitted: November 10, 2014

A Time to Love in Tehran

Before there was a revolution, there was a time to love in Tehran.

''The lever had no design flaws. The eight prisoners dropped instantly. Several of the men writhed and kicked and gagged. The black flag had been raised and it now flapped inside a breeze. I watched until the limbs stopped twisting and fighting and the silence returned to hover over the living and the dead. I can assure you, there was no reverence in any of it.''

A Time to Love in Tehran is in the spirit of The Spies of Warsaw and The Foreign Correspondent by Alan Furst, The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis, and The Quiet American and Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene.

“C.G. Fewston has penned an extraordinary love story and expertly woven it into a gripping tale of espionage, deprivation, and revolution. A TIME TO LOVE IN TEHRAN takes you on a remarkable journey into pre-Revolution Iran which escalates into a finale that will leave you breathless and wanting more.” Kelly Stone Gamble, author of They Call Me Crazy

“This novel gives us the excitement of Le Carré and Fleming, but its soul is found next to Márquez and Hemingway. You will be drawn in by the espionage and intrigue. You will stay because of the humanity.” Darren R. Leo, author of The Trees Beneath Us

John Lockwood is a spy who witnesses an execution in Cairo in 1966 and seeks to unlock the mystery of such devotion to faith and punishment in an anti-American world he has yet to understand. He is thrust into the Vietnam War and later works as an undercover CIA officer in Iran when he meets and falls in love with Leila Bakr, the daughter of a wealthy exporter and dissenter, only to find that her family is caught in a deadly maelstrom of death and deceit.

Lockwood and his partner Tom Bremer are then caught in a power struggle between Leila's father, Farrokh, and Colonel Vaziri, head of Evin Prison, home to hundreds of political prisoners. When Bremer is killed and Farrokh is imprisoned, Lockwood must join forces with the French Secret Service and Jean-Luc Marcel, a man who clings to a profound secret, and attempt to save the father of the woman Lockwood has grown to love before the man is executed.

‘A Middle Eastern romantic adventure that takes your breath away with every page.’ Michelle Berthiaume, author of The X X Club

‘A fantastic cloak-and-dagger novel with realistic, breath-taking visages of pre-revolution Iran.’ Emily McNamee is a substitute school teacher, Hospice volunteer, and a strong member of the community of mankind. She is the neighbor who helps you carry in your groceries or watches your kids when you have to run out at the last minute. The quiet woman at a table in the corner of a crowded restaurant, eating alone, taking notes, and creating fictional relationships when she gets home.

‘A heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you up all night.’ Fyrecurl at Fyrecurl.wordpress.com

A Time to Love in Tehran is an anti-heroic tale of finding a way to survive and to love in a world filled with lies and corruption. Read Chapter


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