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C.C. Rising
The Camel and the Scorpion
C.C. Rising, author

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

"A nerve-racking, vibrantly dramatic tale . . ." —Kirkus Reviews

Nothing has prepared shy young college professor, Caroline Cavanaugh, for the international storm she is about to enter when she learns that her fiery student, Lydia, has been arrested. In Israel. For espionage.

Lydia's grandmother begs Caroline to rescue her granddaughter. Caroline risks her reputation and her dream career on the unshakable belief that Lydia is innocent. But is she? How well do any of us know another person?

It's the late 1970s. The country is reeling from the effects of the Vietnam War, the fall of President Nixon, civil rights movements, and hair-trigger tensions in the Middle East. 

The Camel and the Scorpion, inspired by actual events, reminds us how elusive the meanings of guilt and innocence can be.

By Mary G. Montgomery, author of "Greywolf" and "Awakening from Cancer"

If you are looking for a good escape, search no further. The author immediately sweeps you into The Camel and the Scorpion with such skill that you are right there, inside the main character, caught in a world of conflict and contradictions that makes you forget everything else.

C.C. Rising's characters are so real, so interesting, that if you have to put the book down--and believe me, you won't want to because the suspense builds with each chapter--you will find yourself half expecting to see them in your own world, driving past your car, sitting in a local cafe, or walking in the park.

Though set in the 1970s with skillful attention to detail, the challenges these characters face are universal, not restricted to time, local . . . or culture.

Long after you finish, their story will continue to haunt you. And serve as a reminder that nothing is ever as it seems.

By Shirley Carnahan, Ph.D., Senior Instructor, Humanities, University of Colorad

The Camel and the Scorpion takes the reader into the murky world of international politics through the eyes of an intelligent but naïve young teacher who gets drawn into more than she expected. I have little background in the Middle East, but I found The Camel and the Scorpion both an informative and a compelling read, starting with the anecdote at the beginning, which sets the tone for the entire novel.

By SWatkins, Manhattan Beach, California

Caroline Cavanaugh, a young college professor, finds herself inadvertently drawn into an international intrigue by a student she has befriended. But who, exactly, is Lydia Sheperd? Is she an innocent victim of circumstances and appearances? Or has she been engaging in espionage at the behest of her on-again, off-again Palestinian boyfriend? As Caroline stands up for this young woman, she learns lessons that her graduate studies never taught her. And she embarks on an unexpected journey of self-discovery, one that will upend and change her life forever. The Camel and the Scorpion is a fresh, on-the-ground look at Arab-Israeli politics, as well as a gentle exploration of personal identity.