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The Great Game Murders (Robbie Cutler Diplomatic Mysteries)

The Great Game Murders (Robbie Cutler Diplomatic Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

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This is the fifth book in the Robbie Cutler Diplomatic Mystery series. It follows "The Saladin Affair Murders."
The President has decided in view of Chinese threats over the region that American forces should be reconfigured from the Middle East, in a strategic “Tilt Towards Asia.” The Secretary of State, Ronald Adams, flies in Air Force Two on a mission reassuring allies throughout Southeast Asia. His staff assistant, Robbie Cutler, again helps plan the trip to Australia, Singapore, Hanoi, Manila, Bangkok and New Delhi.
Along the way, Al Qaeda hatches several assassination plots against the Secretary – with the help of Chinese covert resources in the region. And they display a deadly facility with cyberwarfare – turning America’s technology against us, as emails from Air Force Two are used in a murder plot against Secretary Adams.
The rivalry between China and the United States calls to mind the Great Game of the nineteenth century, as imperial Britain and Czarist Russia struggled over the approaches to India. The new Great Game concerns much of the same region, with far higher stakes, in the nuclear era. But is official China aware of the working alliance with Al Qaeda?
In Kabul, Robbie Cutler leaves the official party to begin his six month temporary duty assignment in beleaguered Kandahar Province. His adventures include tracking an overland smuggled shipment of ammonium sulfate, the raw material of IEDs (improvised explosive devices). But his greatest satisfaction as he leaves Kabul may be the well that was dug to provide healthy water for the people of remote Maruf District.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 477 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Seth B. Cutler Press (23 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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I was an American career diplomat, and once while on midnight duty at the Department of State it struck me that diplomacy would be a perfect career for an amateur sleuth! After all, diplomats are trained analysts, and have access to intelligence reports in addition to other restricted material. They look closely at two societies - the one that sent them, and the society where they live, and that is the original meaning of the word diplomacy, "having two eyes." Perhaps a diplomat who was an amateur sleuth would even have an advantage in detection over the sleuth who did not have such access.
With that in mind, I created Robbie Cutler, an American thirtysomething career diplomat, and a sleuth. There are now four novels in the series.
In "Vintage Murder," Cutler, Consul at the American Consulate General in Bordeaux, uncovers a blackmail plot by the extremist Basque ETA aimed at the great wine estates of Bordeaux. He meets and is aided by Sylvie Marceau, who has a keen sense of people and their motivations.
In "Murder On The Danube," Robbie is Political Officer at the Embassy in Budapest. His task is to unearth a current murderer who was a traitor during the Hungarian Revolution. The task is made more difficult by the fact that these files have been officially sealed.
In "Murder In Dordogne," Robbie and Sylvie, who became engaged in the previous book, now are on their honeymoon. But an old mystery comes their way -the remains of an SOE operative, the fiancee of Robbie's Uncle Seth, come to light. Solving that old mystery brings murder up to date, as Sylvie uncovers a plot to murder her husband.
In "The Saladin Affair," Robbie is now Special Assistant to the Secretary of State. He plans a trip to London, Dublin, Paris, Vienna, Riga and Vienna. But Al Qaeda joins the trip - as if Robbie didn't have enough to do, with the murder of the American Ambassador to Dublin in her official residence at Phoenix Park to solve.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Two books in one 14 Oct 2013
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The Great Game Murders is really two books in one - the first two-thirds focusing on adventures in the Asia-Pacific region and the last third on Afghanistan. I found it a more difficult read than the previous Robbie Cutler stories mainly because the information about diplomatic tactics and tangles is more dense than previous books. That's fine; yet again I have learned a lot, although I found the many acronyms of organisations and official job titles a bit distracting especially in the Asia section. However I know that government organisations seem to have acronyms for everything so it's certainly accurate!

As with all the Robbie Cutler books, this one will be of great interest to those fascinated by how diplomacy, especially American diplomacy, really works. This book also includes information on the inter-relationship between diplomacy and the military in international affairs. References are made to many recent political events which makes this book feel very up-to-date. I found the section on the latest sophisticated computer hacking methods eye-opening!!

Personally I found my interest was piqued most by Robbie's experiences in Kandahar - I suppose where the book featured more of Robbie's personal involvement; I only wish that I could have found out exactly how he escaped the... but I don't want to spoil it for other readers! Suffice to say that I wanted to read more about Kandahar and was disappointed when Robbie was whisked back to the US at the end of his short stint there. The history of US intervention in Afghanisthan was clearly and simply explained by the author and I felt that the relationship between Robbie and his Afghan hosts was designed to highlight common threads and thus encourage compassion and understanding between two different cultures.

After his language training, I'm looking forward to Robbie's next posting in Nicosia, Cyprus which puts him in the lovely Mediterranean (official visits to Bordeaux and Dordogne perhaps?) but also perilously close to the explosive Middle Eastern region - that should be a very rich story. I'd like to hear more about Sophie as a journalist and mother and hope that her personality will come out more strongly and that she'll feature more directly in Robbie's diplomatic adventures, as she has in the past. I love wise Uncle Seth who seems to have his finger on the pulse of everything and is a strong voice for the importance and far-reaching effects of a well-rounded education.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A different challenge for Robbie 9 Oct 2013
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I have been enjoying this series and look forward to the next adventure.

I felt that this book was more of a learning experience than anything else. A lot about Afghanistan in current times - the hell that both the locals and the US Army suffer and how human relationships can exist between very different people. The story was not as entertaining as the previous books but it does stay with you long after reading it.

Any of us who have travelled and lived in under developed countries can identify with the difficulties the villagers faced and the great difference that building a well made to their lives. Also the emphasis on locals doing the actual work and not the well meaning outsiders.

I love Uncle Seth. I hope he will be around for a long time.

I am looking forward to Robbie's next posting and to reading about our favorite Native American diplomat.
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