Entrusted with the well being of his late best friend's daughter, Laura, former C.I.A. operative Jim Marshall had kept his promise well beyond what was expected of him. Now an accomplished young woman, Lt. Laura Armitage is the unlikely candidate to an elite US Navy unit. A tragedy shadowing her days, she reports for duty to face discrimination and the cover-ups of the Iran-contras scandal. Struggling to assess her allegiance to the flag, she stands her ground through every mission aware her tenacity may t be eugh to earn her respect, including that of her jaded commanding officer, Lt. T.J. Wilkins. Beyond Those Hills: an Officer and a Lady is a multifaceted self-discovery journey amidst the power struggle against then USSR and the rise of terrorism on the world scene. It depicts three lives intertwined by love, death, lust and a sense of duty that rises above politicians' corruption. It is a compelling tale of redemption woven into the private battles of a female warrior. 'Beyond Those Hills' was shortlisted for the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards and is the recipient of a 2011 MWSA Book Award for Historical Event Fiction (U.S.) . Now in its 2nd edition.
African-born M.H.A. Menondji migrated to the United States more than a decade ago from France and Benin. A graduate from the French Universities of Orleans and La Sorbonne (International Law), she also holds a B.A. in Political Science from Whittier College. She writes in two languages, including English she learned as a third. Beyond Those Hills: an Officer and a Lady is her first full-length novel.