The events of 9/11 have produced several stories about heroes who emerged on that day. In the midwest, two men, one an American and the other an ex-Patriot of Saudi Arabia, had no clue that the deaths of their loved ones from that treachery would years later intertwine their lives on a horse track in Kentucky.
All Dr. Rob Becker wanted was to fulfill a dream he and some college friends had to create another "Secretariat". His friends included a geneticist, a horse trainer and a large animal vet - who together provided the ingredients to fulfill this dream.
Admad (Ben) Slaughter, lost his identical twin brother, Omid, for simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Omid, who was with a group of Saudis buying thoroughbreds in Kentucky on 9/11, had overheard a chilling conversation and was murdered because of what he discovered.
From that day forward, Rob's tribute horse, Towers Above, and a Saudi horse, Nidalas, were destined to do battle on a Kentucky horse track just as Ben was excuting his revenge plan in two Midwestern states.
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Wonderul book, could hardly put it down. It was very trilling and well written. I recommend it 100%, you won't be disappointed. Can't wait for the next book of his to come out.
Towers Above has a great story line and easy to read. This book makes you want to continue onto the next chapters until you finally finish the story. People who like terrorist plots and drama will enjoy reading this book with a racing theme. Well worth your time. Looking forward to Buck's next book.
The second book can't get here fast enough... this is a must read..... story is told from the inside & takes you there as well.....
Cathy J. Roberts
You’re wondering, who is Buck Brannon? Like Samuel Clemens who wrote ‘Tom Sawyer’, Buck Brannon is a pen name. My legal name is too hard to pronounce and even more difficult to spell. Throughout my life, several friends would call me ‘Bucky’. So I shortened that nickname to ‘Buck’. The last name, ‘Brannon’, is borrowed from a country road close to home.
I’m often asked, what book inspired me to be a professional writer? My reply somewhat flips the answer a bit. It wasn’t a specific book or author but it was a specific college Professor that provided the eventual impetus for a novel. Over three decades ago, I had three different shoulder surgeries and was ultimately told that I needed an artificial shoulder. That meant my career in dentistry would be finished. I began taking Journalism courses at Northern Kentucky University. The Professor, that I now call an Angel’, honed my writing skills. Being the ‘Editor’ of an award winning urban News Magazine during the day and a Professor at night, more than matched my dentist by day, student at night lifestyle at that moment in time. At the end of the semester, she informed me that the ‘Profile’ piece that I had authored, was going to be published in ‘Cincinnati Magazine’. I received a check for my effort and instantly became a ‘Professional Writer’. And...writing a novel became my next goal.
I’ve been asked quite a few times, even though ‘Towers Above’ is fiction, just how realistic is the book? Each time I respond with, “most of what I write about has evolved from real life experiences, for me, or from some other person’s documented experiences.
Towers Above is the name I chose for the thoroughbred that’s the central character in my novel. 9/11 had a profound impact on me and the novel is a tribute to all those affected by that National tragedy.
I’ve always loved watching horses race and being from Southwestern Ohio, I was lucky enough to have vacationed with family in Central Kentucky, near the perfectly groomed Kentucky horse farms. The fact that the perpetrators of the 9/11 attack were from the Middle East, the birthplace of thoroughbreds, dovetailed easily with the racing venue concept. Working part time at an elite thoroughbred track, in the paddocks no less, also assisted with the development of the novel’s plot.
So sit back and enjoy a very topical thriller novel. Dr. Rob Becker is your dentist and guide, who will take you through the adventures of his longtime college friends and himself as they become entwined in a terrorist plot that threatens to prevent ‘Towers Above’ from running in the first leg of his Triple Crown quest.
Rob will also be your guide in the future sequel to ‘Towers Above". TOWERS' PROGENY - Book 2 of the Towers Trilogy is now available! Look for Book 3 in 2021.
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