In Thy Name

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Thirteen year old Betony is the daughter of an insurance man turned Evangelical preacher. Into her life comes a London-based Islamic terrorist cell that aims to explode a bomb in her midwestern town. The bombing is part of a larger plan to bomb one modest community in each of the fifty states on the same day in August, in order to create a current of deep anxiety throughout the nation.
 
Betony is a lonely but imaginative child coping with a series of disappointments and with a feeling of being unseen in the confusing world she inhabits.  Her father, Pastor Jerry, is a newly-ordained fundamentalist preacher thrilled about the newfound direction in his own life but he cannot understand or reach his daughter, who is increasingly adrift. The girl’s mother, Olivia, has left her with Pastor Jerry because she cannot abide her husband’s sudden religiosity, yet she has more faith in his ability to guide Betony than in her own.  Betony’s loneliness makes her vulnerable to a man named Sangar, who reaches out to her over the internet. Sangar is an Afghan, now living in London. He has been tasked with planning the bombing in Betony’s community. He is looking for a naive American with whom to associate the Palestinian terrorist he plans to plant within the community. The Palestinian will carry out the bombing operation on the ground.

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In Thy Name

Submitted: July 27, 2013

Thirteen year old Betony is the daughter of an insurance man turned preacher. Into her life comes a London-based Islamic terrorist cell that aims to explode a bomb in the family's midwestern town. The bombing is part of a larger plan to bomb one modest community in each of the fifty states on the same day in August, in order to create a current of deep anxiety throughout the nation.
 
Betony is a lonely but humorous and imaginative child coping with a series of disappointments and with a feeling of being unseen in the confusing world she inhabits.  Her father, Pastor Jerry, is a newly-ordained fundamentalist preacher thrilled about the newfound direction in his own life but he cannot understand or reach his daughter, who is increasingly adrift. The girl’s mother, Olivia, has left her with Pastor Jerry because she cannot abide her husband’s sudden religiosity, yet she has more faith in his ability to guide Betony than in her own.  Betony’s loneliness makes her vulnerable to a man named Sangar, who reaches out to her over the internet. Sangar is an Afghan, now living in London. He has been tasked with planning the bombing in Betony’s community. He is looking for a naive American with whom to associate the Palestinian terrorist he plans to plant within the community. The Palestinian will carry out the bombing operation on the ground.
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Chapter Two of IN THY NAME

Submitted: July 31, 2013

  Chapter Two   Betony spun three times, then launched herself onto her bed, making in her mind’s astonis... Read Chapter

Submitted: October 27, 2013

Chapter Three   Evenings, many gathered around the Chillam where most smoked the dark tobacco, though some abstained, fee... Read Chapter

Submitted: October 31, 2013

Chapter Four   Monday at school started out with Español and the study of reflexive verbs.  She got the concept, no... Read Chapter

Mujahedeen

Submitted: November 16, 2013

Chapter 5 takes the reader to Afghanistan, where Sangar receives training with other jihadi. Sangar's father had been a fighter, too, and had died in the war with the Soviets, leaving Sangar to find his way without a father. Read Chapter

Church

Submitted: November 24, 2013

  ChapterSix   She’d agreed to go to church and listen to her dad do his thing.  His speech was going to ... Read Chapter