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Verbatim: George Lindamood

George Lindamood - Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash
George Lindamood
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Sequim author George Lindamood recently discovered his book “The Accidental Peacemaker” has become much more topical.

For one part, his story based in Klamath Falls, Ore., about Walter, a divorced airline pilot, focuses on some recent national headlines about Abu Hamza al-Masri, who is facing federal trial for his connection to training terrorists.

In my story, Walter meets a man named Mac after moving to a cabin. Mac is telling him the lay of the land and that nearby there was this man, James Ujaama, a Muslim convert from Tacoma, who wanted to setup a Jihad training center at a ranch in Bly, Ore., in 1999. This is all pre-9/11.

Ujaama wanted some notoriety so he contacted the biggest name he could find; Abu Hamza who sent two people to investigate it and found it incredibly disappointing. He didn’t have very many eager recruits for combat and making bombs. But al-Masri’s people thought Ujaama was trying to scam Abu in retrospect.

Ujaama said this even in court. I used that bit in my story because I wanted to put some suspense in. There’s a new encampment of ostensibly Middle-Eastern people in my story at this same camp and my characters have some connection to them.

I started writing this in the spring of 2010 and had my first draft January 2011. Abu was extradited in 2012. I picked it up all online five years ago and released my book Dec, 1, 2012, but that’s the crazy part of it; I’m the local expert on Abu because I’m the only one whose heard of him.

The funny thing is that there’s only one page that talks about him. I created a fictional timeline for the book of April 29-Dec. 2014, and the conversation between Mac and Walter is May 20. Ujaama was arrested in 2002 and convicted in 2007.

 

“The Accidental Peacemaker” continues with Walter encountering much more mystery and a psychic duck and is available and local and online retailers and in electronic e-books.

Everyone has a story and now they have a place to tell it. Verbatim is a first-person column that introduces you to your neighbors as they relate in their own words some of the difficult, humorous, moving or just plain fun moments in their lives. It’s all part of the Gazette’s commitment as your community newspaper. If you have a story for Verbatim, contact editor Michael Dashiell at editor@sequimgazette.com.

 

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