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Shadow on the Mountain: A Yazidi Memoir of Terror, Resistance and Hope (Film/TV Rights)
Feb. 13, 2020
Shaker Jeffrey and Katharine Holstein
Non-fiction: Memoir
When Shaker Jeffrey woke to the thunder of trucks tearing across the dark plains of Shingal, he knew that his chances of surviving daybreak were dismal. For weeks, as ISIS unleashed a savage campaign of terror across Iraq, his army friends back in the USA had begged him to leave. But Shaker, a former American combat interpreter, was determined to forge a defense
plan for his people. On August 3, 14, time was up. Shaker was Yazidi—an ancient religion whose members were sentenced by ISIS to mass extermination and slavery. Meanwhile, Shaker’s old army buddies, including high-ranking Special Operations officers, converged on Washington DC to plead for help and to set up a secure communications team. By nightfall, the number of massacred and missing reached the hundreds of thousands, while black-clad soldiers seized over nine thousand women as sex slaves.

In the pandemonium, a quarter of a million Yazidis fled across the desert for their only refuge—Mt. Shingal. Thousands were shot during the hard climb, others perished on the summit in the lethal 100-degree heat. As barefoot Shaker ran, his girlfriend, Dil-Mir, called him on a cell phone grabbed at the last second—she’d been taken. Shaker’s world shifted on its axis. After the war in Iraq, he thought the worst was over—he was wrong.

Back in 2003, 17-year-old Shaker had borrowed 50,000 Dinars from his brother and took a smuggler’s cab out of his poor farm boy life—all the way to terrorist infested Mosul. He figured his English was just good enough to work for the US military—and he was right. For 6 years, Shaker joined “extreme-risk” missions to dismantle terror cells and train Iraqi forces in the most volatile areas. By the end of his death-defying career, he’d been shot, worked under the command of the iconic General Petraeus, and made lifelong friends. Memories of that war haunted him—now the petrified voice of Dil-Mir would do the same.

Left to die with his people, Shaker had only one lifeline—his cell phone. Within hours, he was on a conference call with members of the US House Intelligence Committee, and his signal was tethered directly to CENTCOM, only to have his pleas for water drops and air strikes met with suspicion—many questioned if Shaker was a spy. Meanwhile, his people were dying at a rate of up to one hundred per hour. Then desperation mutated into countless acts of selfless bravery. Night after night, Shaker sneaked back down the mountain, through gunfire and enemy lines, relaying intelligence on ISIS positions and activities back to DC—all while foraging for food and water, and desperately trying to rescue the missing and imprisoned. Journalists from around the world, including CNN, the BBC, and the AP sought him out for reports. Finally, US airstrikes opened a critical evacuation route, but not before ISIS would come to know Shaker’s identity.

Over the next three years, as the Islamic State terrorized the world, Shaker crisscrossed the borders of the Middle East and Europe, documenting atrocities and mass graves with help of his American counterparts, while becoming the unwitting leader of a secret underground network that saved thousands of slaves—work that landed him at the top of ISIS’s execution list.

Through it all the voice of his girlfriend called out—the relentless pursuit of her freedom kept him going. He infiltrated the enemy ranks in the heart of their Caliphate to find her: forging ids, studying their religion, mimicking their lingo— but he would only come within a few feet of saving her.

Shadows On The Mountain offers a gripping cinematic account of one man’s extraordinary journey, set in one of the most ruthless regions of the world, during a global war of ideologies and the unbridled terror that has come to define our age. From a poor farmer’s son, to an intrepid combat interpreter, he would transform into a person who many describe as a modern-day “Schindler.” Repeated assassination attempts have forced him to stay on the move and galvanized his American brothers to find a way to save him, by finally bringing him to the United States.

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Scripted Film/TV
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Hachette/DaCapo pub date 2/18/2020
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Starred Booklist Review: * The Yazidi, an ancient religious community living near Mount Shingal in Iraq, consider themselves to be the children of Adam; pacifists by nature, they kept mostly to themselves. When ISIS conquered Mosul and the surrounding areas in 2014, the Yazidi fell victim to the most depraved and brutal pogrom in their history. The Islamic State slaughtered thousands and enslaved countless more as sex slaves, while survivors fled to their sacred mountain and were trapped there with no food or water. Jeffrey, a decorated Yazidi combat interpreter with the U.S. Army in Iraq, was one of those who lived. His story, powerfully told with coauthor Holstein, is an incredible saga of selfless and courageous service to his people and his adopted American brothers as he provided invaluable intelligence and coordination—often personally leading missions behind enemy lines—to help rescue Yazidis from the mountain and the clutches of ISIS. The details that Jeffrey shares about this genocide will bring the toughest reader to tears, and he also illuminates the little-known history and culture of his people. An invaluable look into a still-unfolding tragedy.*

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