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Jezira [Kindle Edition]

Iain Manson
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Book Description

Nineteen eighty-seven. The Iran–Iraq War is raging, and the West is just beginning to comprehend the threat posed by Islamic fundamentalism.

Poised perilously between the warring nations, the Gulf island sultanate of Jezira is a troubled land. Sunnis and Shias are at each other’s throats, and Ayatollah Khomeini is just itching to bring it home to God. Paul Morden is sorry he ever heard of the place.

In London he might have been depressed, unemployed, penniless and alone; but at least he had been safe. From the moment he arrives in Jezira to begin a teaching job, danger is everywhere.

Paul believes that the authorities have something to hide about the Rakab Ripper, a psychopathic killer who is terrorising Western women in Jezira's capital. When he begins asking questions, he attracts the interest of some of the most professional hit men in the world. His life will end the moment they consider him more dangerous alive than dead.

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About the Author

Having spent many years abroad teaching English as a foreign language, Iain Manson now lives in west London. His work has appeared in newspapers and magazines on both sides of the Atlantic, and he is the author of three novels and one nonfiction book

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1440 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Black Fountain; 1 edition (28 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #337,095 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Iain Manson's first book, The Lion and the Eagle, tells the story of the 1860 prize fight between British champion Tom Sayers and his American counterpart John Heenan. Published in 2008, it was well received by the critics.

Manson's journalism, mostly written under the pen name of Simon Craig, has appeared in many national publications on both sides of the Atlantic.

Having worked abroad for many years, he now lives in west London.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A cautionary tale 12 Sept. 2013
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This book should be required reading for all those planning to go to any Arabian country to work . There are many lessons to be gained from its pages !

The book starts off as a story full of humour but gradually turns darker . The main character is not particularly likeable but serves a particular role in the story - not exactly an innocent abroad but more a bruised alcoholic who is drifting through life .

It is a good read although I did get tired of the moaning of the main character about his drinking . Although the identity of the Ripper is revealed its not that important in the great scheme of things as the story is more to do with what happens when people do or do not act in a certain way .

A book to be enjoyed ..
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4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD EASY BOOK TO READ 15 July 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great but sometimes disconcerting read. 18 Dec. 2014
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This was a great read. While the suspense builds, it is a character driven novel, not a run-of-the-mill thriller. Though it was written a few yeas ago, and takes place even earlier, given everything that is always going on in the Middle East, it still feels relevant even now.

I put off writing a review for a while as I wasn't sure how I felt about the ending. No spoilers here, but this is bleak. Yet, having sat with it a while, I feel it was an honest ending for the character. We'd all like to believe that if put in a certain situation we'd know what to do and would act heroically. Life is rarely that simple.

If you read Jezira, don't read it for "escape." Don't get me wrong, I found it entertaining, even riveting. But read it because it's thoughtful and well-written, and while its main character is no hero, it's one of those books that forces each of us to ask the question -- Would I have done any better?

You might not be comfortable with your answer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 15 Nov. 2012
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Good read and good plot. The main character was really flawed, a real scumbag at times. No happy ending here.
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