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Love and violence in the desert
on 24 October 2014
After many unplanned interruptions I finally finished this excellent book. I resented every moment I had to leave the story. Based in the Middle East, it is very relevant to today's terrorist threats from that region. Chris, a much respected BBC broadcaster based in the Middle East, gets caught up in a terrorist plot to blow up a peace conference in an unbelievably awful way. I found myself wondering just how he was going to get out of the situation alive. Two love stories run through the tale, one with disastrous unforeseeable results and the other of unrequited love, just as tragic in it's way. Chris feels responsible for the death of a colleague and sets up a Foundation in the man's name. The dead man's daughter falls in love with the broadcaster, a love with a violent outcome. It is easy to imagine how gullible young men and women can be when fed with Jihadist idealism by plausible and in some cases charismatic preachers. I was swept along by the action and was sorry when I finished the story.