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Simon Conway
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28 Dec 2006

In a war of lies, the truth can kill.

Jonah Said is a loner and a troublemaker, shipped off by the British army to work with the UN in the buffer zone between Kuwait and Iraq, because they want him out of harm's way.

Big mistake.

From the minute he lands, Jonah becomes drawn into a deadly spiral of corruption and conspiracy involving Russians, Americans, Arabs and Brits - and none of them tells the truth.

And the truth is more dangerous than even Jonah can imagine.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New Ed edition (28 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340839651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340839652
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 520,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Conway is a former British Army officer and international aid worker who has cleared landmines and unexploded bombs in the aftermath of war in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. As Co-Chair of the Cluster Munition Coalition he successfully campaigned for an international ban on cluster bombs. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the mine clearance charity The HALO Trust and the weapons policy organisation Article 36. He travels regularly overseas to conflict-affected countries.
He is the author of five novels including the 2010 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger winner A Loyal Spy. For more information go to www.simonconwaybooks.com

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[Jonah Said is a] modern day Lawrence of Arabia, sorting out the nastiness of Middle East issues (Courier Mail, Australia)

Atmosphere, intrigue and one of the most impressive new political thrillers I've read in many a month (Shots Magazine)

A dizzying journey starring international terrorists, Uday Hussein, freelance salvage merchants and a container full of suffocated Kuwaiti businessman. Simon Conway's writing is authoritative and authentic. RAGE is a thriller that manages to balance adrenalin with intelligence. (Scotland on Sunday)

Excellent story set in the Zone...in a word: Great (The Herald Sun)

Conway writes with brutal immediacy, his mordant irony resonating uncomfortably even as it entertains...Grim, kinetic thriller set against an unconventional and inspired backdrop (Kirkus Reviews)

Debut of a roaring and prodigal talent ... Not so much a novel as a life experience. Don't miss it. (Literary Review on DAMAGED)

Good background, with an on-the-nail summary of Northern Ireland wheeling and dealing...and a wild Celtic streak that marks Conway as one to watch. (The Guardian on DAMAGED)

Imagine John le Carre on bad acid - edgy, twisted and very, very dark. (Howard Marks on DAMAGED)

A debut novel to rival The Beach. (Publishing News on DAMAGED)

Cruel, violent and lyrical, it's Iain Banks meeting Alan Warner in Tom Clancy's missile silo. Excellent. (Select on DAMAGED)

A powerhouse of a book, a thriller that sends off literary sparks in all directions. (Evening News on DAMAGED)

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APOCALYPSE NOW meets THE MALTESE FALCON in a wildly original thriller from CWA award-winning writer Simon Conway.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action Adventure at it's best 11 Feb 2007
From an author I'd never come across, this was a surprising discovery for me. Given to me as a birthday present, the little sticker on the front comparing it to Michael Ryan did not initially endear me to it.

However after reading the first chapter, I was immensly glad I stayed with it.

A combination of action adventure, mystery and thriller all rolled into one, this was a difficult book to put down. The fast moving plot, and a lead character that is gradually introduced as the story unfolds, draws you into the plot.

Set during the time of the second Gulf War, this is a different take on your typical wartime adventure. Obviously written by someone with more than a passing knowledge of modern warfare (the author is a former army officer), the plot line gradually draws you, the reader into a dark and at times graphic journey into the horrors of war- both for civilians and combatants alike.

An excellent effort for what is a fairly jam packed genre, and well worthy of your money. Forget the comparison to Michael Ryan et all, this stands head and shoulders above them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read... 4 Oct 2006
By M. Hill
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Rage ia about a soldier, Jonah Said. Hes not your average run of the mill brass collecting one either. He is trouble. Jonah is sent to the Zone, Kuwait and Iraq boarders. On arrival, trouble starts and continues for him right up to the last chapter. All around him, is corruption, deceit and death, yet somehow he keeps it together. Hes a crap spy, a crap soldier and always manages to get either beaten up, tortured, buried in sand, and stabbed...but hes like a bull dog, he keeps coming back for more.

Its a fast and vivid read. The basic story line, is that everything and anything is for sale, dealing with corruption, death, betrayal. Jonah is pushed from pillar to post to find what he is looking for, which just leads him into more trouble.

The only problem with this book is that it ended! Great read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rage is a slow burning fuse 27 Sep 2010
Although other reviewers have said this book hits the ground running, I'm not so sure. If it did, it stumbled several times during the first quarter of the book, leaving me wondering quite where we were going.

However, after that, the pace quickened, most things (but not all) became clearer as Major Jonah Said went about his business to the chagrin of just about everyone else in the book. It then became a fantastic read for me, as the poor old Major was dealt blow after blow both physical and emotional but somehow managed to struggle on to bring us a really taut and gripping finale. From about halfway on, I didn't want to put the book down. Conway's descriptions of the the Zone and, indeed, parts of Iraq leading up to the first days of the second Iraq War are excellent. He brings some of the horror of Saddam's regime to the fore, especially to include his horrendous sons and it's gratifying to know beforehand that those two characters met a timely death.

I gather the Major reappers in 'A Loyal Spy' so we can be sure, I hope, of another gripping read. Just where that will leave Jonah Said will remain a mystery for me until I've read the book. I look forward to it very much. Whatever else, Simon Conway knows how to tell a story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I thoroughly enjoyed this very unusual read.

I can sympathise with some of the reviewers who found the chaos and complexity of the book too much for them, but I felt it reflected the chaos of the world in which it is set, and enough fell into place in the closing chapters to make it totally gripping.

It is a very imaginative book, with a multitude of colourful characters, and the central character is an amazing creation. The mayhem of Iraq in those days comes across vividly, and it could not have been imagined by someone who did not have first hand experience of war zones.

The plot is complex, and unfolds slowly, so it is only late in the book that we get any certainty about the allegiances and motivations of the characters. If I had to find fault, I would say that I would have been gripped earlier if I had been given more clues about where the book was heading.

I strongly recommend it though, and I certainly plan to try his other books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seeking GZ5003004NR 4 Sep 2011
"There were so many things wrong with me I'd become frightened of drawing up a list of them, for fear of what I might learn." - Jonah Said

Born in California of a Black mother from Guyana and a Palestinian father and raised in the United Kingdom, Jonah Said found a home in the British Army, with which he served - losing an eye to a landmine - in the Bosnian peace-keeping force in the mid-1990s. But a divorce led to a personal scandal, and the Army, wishing to avoid embarrassment, banishes Major Said to the Demilitarized Zone between Kuwait and Iraq as a United Nations observer in 2003 on the eve of the Second Gulf War.

Arriving in Kuwait temporarily minus his glass eye after having lost it in an Edinburgh cab, Jonah is picked up at the airport by another U.N. observer, the Norwegian Odd Nordland, whose job is to make an accounting of the thousands of forty-foot cargo containers scattered about the landscape after the First Gulf War. Several hours later, Odd is dead, his throat cut, in the loo of a disreputable bar while Jonah lies passed out under a table. After Said recovers his senses, it becomes apparent over the next couple of days that everyone thinks Nordland revealed to him a great secret. Jonah's exile in the Zone becomes infinitely more complicated.

RAGE by Simon Conway is a first-rate yarn involving a multi-layered plot set in a pitiless landscape and populated by numerous, exquisitely rendered characters. And the weary, cynical Said, with his load of personal baggage, is perhaps one of the most interesting principal protagonists you'll ever come across in a pulp thriller.

Jonah returns in A Loyal Spy, and it's on my Must Get List.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear.
A plot that is let down by one dimensional characters performing on a one dimensional stage. badly Don't give up the day job.
Published 8 months ago by Tony Hip
4.0 out of 5 stars A good solid read
I enjoyed Rage, I liked the way the story moved back and forth and also the more psychological aspects of Jonah's character. Read more
Published 13 months ago by reading geek
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs a Hero
RAGE is a tautly written thriller with pretensions to being more than it actually is. The story concerns a British Army officer named Jonah Said who is in disgrace after colluding... Read more
Published on 18 July 2011 by Hereward
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Planning for a Third Book
Having read an Xmas present of Simon Conway's third book first I decided to read the first two. Rage started as a bit of a disapointment then rapidly developed into a well paced... Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2011 by Balun
3.0 out of 5 stars Work in progress
A good story but a little stop start in places. Simon Conway is producing a better read with each book
Published on 4 Feb 2011 by I. Small
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story but 49 pages were missing
Don't normally see eye to eye with one-eyed Arab kidnappers but this time was different! Unfortunately the publisher took their eye off the ball and scuppered the story at page 310... Read more
Published on 11 Nov 2010 by Bernie Gunther
1.0 out of 5 stars The strangest thing.....
I would love to offer another review, but that's just not possible. I was nearing the end of the tale, when having turned page 310, I was shocked to be looking at another text... Read more
Published on 8 Sep 2010 by Kevin Farrington
I bought this for my army officer boyfriend to send to him with,while he was away.Putting it into his box of usual goodies! Read more
Published on 31 May 2009 by S. Van Biene
1.0 out of 5 stars Far too many twists and turns to be an enjoyable read !!
I can truly say "I just didn't get this book at all!!" I found I had to force myself to finish it - so I could give my complete honest opinion of it. Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2007 by Ms. D. Goff
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