A timely thriller about CIA dirty tricks! One that explores the most feared sentence in the English language: “hello I am from the U.S. government with democracy for you people”.
Diverting the Buddha is a timely thriller that describes how American elites treat emerging democracies as a form of social cancer. It is the Year of the Fire Horse, democracy is beleaguered, and only the Buddha can help a war weary people. This fast-paced adventure follows the struggles of four characters caught in a web of wartime intrigue. In the end, all four wander into harm’s way, during an all out explosion of murderous betrayal.
Diverting The Buddha is a driving, powerful, entertaining novel marking Bob Swartzel as a writer of considerable accomplishments. Midwest Book Review
A major theme of the novel is betrayal—of individuals, of the democratic aspirations of pro-democracy people, of Americans, and of betrayal of truth itself. Historian David Heiser