Someone Has to Die by Jim Baton

Someone Has to Die

About the Book

In the midst of a global clash between international terrorism and an American congressman’s peacemaking effort, a poor Muslim-majority neighborhood in Indonesia holds the keys to victory. While some in the neighborhood are making efforts to understand the truth behind the Muslim-Christian divide and build new bridges across it, others are determined to perpetuate and intensify the hatred that has plagued the region for years.

When a tragedy reveals an unexpected villain, it will be up to two unlikely heroes to set aside their differences and save the day. What will it take to keep hope alive? And who will be willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of peace?
This intense thriller will encourage you to reexamine your understanding of love and forgiveness, and reconsider what it means to be a true peacemaker.

Book Excerpt

Excerpt from SOMEONE HAS TO DIE

 

Umar wiped his mouth on his sleeve and met Saifullah’s eyes. “It’s time.”

“It’s time for what?” Saifullah asked cautiously.

“It’s time for redemption.”

Could it really be? After over a year of hiding in Moro, hiding from his failure, could his day of redemption finally be here? No one at the camp but Umar knew. But he knew.

“Talk to me.”

“In four months’ time there will be an event in Jakarta. An American Congressman, a Christian, will be meeting with that swine traitor Ramadani. Other foreign diplomats are likely to be present. And hear this—the event will be held in the very building of your previous…disappointment.”

Failure. Just say it, Umar. My previous failure.

“Am I in charge of the operation?”

“Yes, we have a sleeper in place, and a safe house with all the…necessities. All you have to do is coordinate the mission and recruit the “bride.”

“This isn’t much time.”

“I know, but because of the location, this is too good a chance for you to miss. We just got word on this today, and I’ve already arranged a pump boat to standby for you in South Mindanao. Fifteen hours to Sangihe, on to North Sulawesi, and by the end of this week you’ll be recruiting a “bride” already. My suggestion is you recruit in Sulawesi—Java is too hot right now. Densus 88 has spies everywhere. Bring in someone from outside Java and they’ll attract less suspicion. Of course all this I’ve arranged assuming you’ll say yes.”

“Thanks, Umar. I’ve waited a long time for this.”

“Redemption, my friend.”

“Redemption.”

“Al-jihad sabiluna.”

“Al-jihad sabiluna.”

About the Author

Jim Baton (pen name) has spent the last 20 years living in the Muslim world, where he’s been involved in a variety of peace and reconciliation activities including interfaith dialogue, training elementary through university students in peace principles, and bringing Christians and Muslims together to pray.  His real name and photo can’t be displayed on this site to protect his identity from the extremist groups where he lives out his faith. Learn more at his website.

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