The Ottoman Excursion

“A masterpiece.” —Readers’ Favorite

“An absolute stunner.” —Prairies Book Review

“Delightful . . . an author whose work should not be missed.” —US Review

“A captivating dance . . . highly recommended.” —Midwest Book Review


An American doctor travels to Izmir as part of a disaster relief team.

A Russian major oversees extraction of plutonium from aging nuclear warheads.

A Turkish researcher is asked to cure the incurable.

A young jihadist works to restore the caliphate.

In 1938, after a Turkish colonel hears a baby’s cry and rushes into a burning mosque, four present-day storylines become entwined. Parts political thriller and medical mystery, The Ottoman Excursion tells the stories of four men who are swept up in a conspiracy that extends throughout the Middle East and back in time to the most elite practitioners of the art of war—the Janissaries.





“★★★★★ . . . A masterpiece.”

–Readers’ Favorite

“A highly intricate and strikingly original plot elevates award-winning Pelkey’s suspenseful latest Middle East conspiracy thriller . . . the whole situation feels like something that might actually happen . . . Pelkey’s crisp pacing and expert handling of the medical jargon add sizzle to the tale . . . This is an absolute stunner.”                   

–The Prairies Book Review

“Pelkey’s interweaving of interesting historical facts enlightens the reader in the most delightful way. With his mastery of dialogue and description, the author weaves a tale that leaves the reader enthralled from beginning to end . . . He is an author whose work should not be missed.”

–U.S. Review of Books

“A captivating dance through danger and mystery that ‘s highly recommended for readers of intrigue, international affairs, political thrillers, and conspiracy stories . . . Pelkey keeps readers engrossed and guessing throughout the action-packed adventure.

–Midwest Book Review