Could this be Cyrus?

Well, it’s happened, I’ve fallen in love with one of my hero characters, Cyrus Hassani. Cyrus is the “you-gotta-love him” hero of the book I’ve just finished writing, No Way Out of Iran (working title).

Who would have thunk, that I would become infatuated with a deep-cover, MOSSAD mole, with an Iranian name? He’s a sexy, alpha male with Nile green eyes, and black hair. A cigarette smoking, nuclear physicist;  Cyrus is the classic anti-hero, dedicated to his mission with no interest in love or relationships. Why you might ask, is he so appealing? Cyrus has this one attribute; he is dedicated to preventing Iran from becoming nuclear. He risks his life on a day-to-day basis for the safety of mankind. Cold, calculating, and unlovable, he needs nothing and no one. He’s a MOSSAD trained, a lethal killer, who would have remained undercover in the shadow world of espionage were not for a Jewish Harvard student who manages to get herself kidnapped in Dubai by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Now Cyrus has been activated and assigned a new mission. He must rescue Layla Rose Wallace and escape from Iran, or he must eliminate her before her nuclear physicist father can become a target of blackmail. The complication: Cyrus and Layla are dangerously attracted to one another. Fighting that attraction is a battle that both are determined to win. But, who knows in love and war, what the outcome will be?

The hunt is on, with Cyrus’s boss, Jalal Rahimi, the Deputy Director of Oghab2 (Eagle2), Iran’s covert nuclear watchdog, promising to find and kill Cyrus for his treason, and take the beautiful Layla as his concubine and tool for power and domination over Israel. This is an epic battle of wills, and a battle to survive. Can Layla and Cyrus escape Iran? Can they ever find their happily-ever-after?

An international thriller that exposes the fanatical regime in Tehran, Iran, life in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the opulent world of Dubai, and the struggle to survive of Israel. You won’t be able to resist this thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Everything in this book is a real possibility and well researched. Iran stands poised to continue its path to nuclear proliferation. Let’s hope there is a real Cyrus Hassani out there behind the scenes.


  1. Wow! Can I play Layla? No wonder you’ve fallen for him-he has it all: looks, bravery, passion, dedication and honor, everything a hero is made of.

    I love reading your blog posts. With every entry I find myself swept away. Please write more often. We’d love to hear more from you.

  2. Hmm…I love the idea driving this latest book, Tema, and I’m anxious to see the final version when it comes to print. In the end it will all come down to plot…and it appears from your blurb/synopsis here that you have given that great thought, and nailed it.
    Keep me posted, please!

  3. Tema…..you never cease to amaze me. The title and content of this book is so appealing. Cyrus Hassani is utterly delicious and the plot so compelling. I think I shall read your book. Impossible to resist and since you and I are political kindred souls, I know it will edify me further along my path. Thanks sincerely for your talent and camaraderie.

  4. Oh Tema. Where did you find him? You are so talented, beautiful, and full of surprises. And to think that you’re just the sweet damsel in my spin class. Hurry up and finish the book!

    Love you lots!

  5. Hmm., sorry late in looking. Tantalizing..Great font here BTW..Love how music inspires you. I couldn’t live without it… the song you reference ” Don’t give up” is from one of my fav records of all time; ” So”, by Peter Gabriel..So many great cuts there. I find “Sledgehammer” somehow to be a sexy song, but maybe I’m off on that. We’d love to see you guys again soon.

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