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Lebanon native to debut novel at Oktoberfest

Sara McManamy-Johnson • Updated Oct 16, 2013 at 9:15 PM

A Lebanon native will release his second novel at the upcoming Oktoberfest.

With his first novel, “The True Manchurian: Infinity,” Lebanon writer Alphonso Ashworth left readers wondering if protagonist Jericho Miles was a good guy or a bad guy.

The plot thickens, unwinds and thickens again in “The True Manchurian: Prodigal Son,” which debuts Saturday at Oktoberfest on the grounds of Wilson Bank and Trust’s main office, where Ashworth will sell and sign the second novel of his political-thriller trilogy.

“I just wanted to make it something more exciting for my readers,” said Ashworth.

With unlimited resources the keen-witted Miles, a double agent, seeks revenge as he begins the journey to find out what happened to his wife.

“The first book of the trilogy ended with the assassination of a sitting president. It was carried out by the First Lady, and on the same day, Rachel, Jericho’s wife, is also assassinated,” said Ashworth. “This leaves Jericho in a tailspin and puzzled about how he unknowingly could have left his wife vulnerable.”

The next book in the trilogy picks up where the first left off.

“In ‘Prodigal Son,’ Jericho’s grandfather is introduced as the plot continues to lead readers to the true Manchurian and to the power behind the organization, including the secret Organization of Eight,” said Ashworth, who will unveil the third and final part of the trilogy, “The True Manchurian: Awakening,” next spring.

Ashworth said he can write just about anywhere, but his favorite writing spot lately is Walterhill Dam in Rutherford County.

“All I need is a big yellow pad and a pen, and I write away,” he said. “I’ll handwrite about 25 pages, and then I’ll type it in my computer and go back and try to clean up some typos, and then I’ll start writing again.”

Ashworth is a 980 graduate of Lebanon High School and longtime photofinishing business owner in Lebanon.

For more details, visit thetruemanchurian.com.

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