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The Zodiak Assassins-bookcover

By: Antony Sulayman

The Zodiak Assassins

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A high-flying executive and single mother of an autistic son leaves her career behind to embark on a transformative journey. Seeking a simpler life, she moves to a quaint village in Crete, where she joins the Animal Welfare movement, a cause close to her heart. Yet she soon finds that attitudes toward animals in her new home are more complex than she expected. European vets make periodic visits, attempting to control the burgeoning population of ownerless animals. As her son discovers a newfound passion for their cause, they adopt a dog once trained for fighting.

But life in Greece takes a darker turn when the far-right party, ‘The Golden Dawn,’ rises to power. The government harnesses an experimental ‘Superdog’ program, envisioning dogs not just as pets but as the new workforce, replacing human salaries. However, the unintended consequences of tampering with animal DNA pose a grave threat to the world at large. As the situation spirals out of control, it’s the mother and son who find themselves at the heart of this unfolding crisis, and it’s her autistic son who emerges as an unexpected beacon of hope.

For over 15 years, Antony Sulayman was employed by Bradford Council and then the National Health Service in Yorkshire to work in drama, speech and language with autistic people and those with learning difficulties. Antony toured with learning disabled actors to schools and national health properties as a way of educating the public about the problems facing those with the condition, as much as it being a tool to allow the individuals themselves to find their way of communicating, and building self-confidence. He met many parents who came up afterwards, having seen a performance, with thanks and the information that the work improved communication within the structure of the family. Following privatisation of the service, Antony came to Greece to focus on writing and to find his ‘own’ voice through novels. He has now been living and working in Crete for the last six years. Zodiak Assassins is his first novel and draws on his past experience and the rich history of the country he has adopted to live in.

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