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The Somali Doctrine [Kindle Edition]

James Grenton
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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A lone man lies disfigured and dying by the roadside in the arid plains of northern Somalia...

Thousands of refugees are found massacred in a camp next to the Ethiopian border...

A convoy vanishes on its way to distribute food aid...

Rumours circulate that Somali militia are responsible, but Interpol agent Jim Galespi suspects the truth is even more sinister. Sent undercover to Somalia to investigate, he soon finds himself pitted against the two madmen who have taken control of Universal Action, the world's largest NGO.

Galespi's quest to uncover the truth about Universal Action and the unfolding tragedy in Somalia throws him into the centre of an international conspiracy that threatens to engulf Africa and the Western world.

From the deserts of Somaliland, the slums of Nairobi and the ruins of Mogadishu to the plush hotels of Cape Town all the way to the UK government in London, the race is on to stop disaster from striking again.

And again.

And again.

Intricate and fast paced, The Somali Doctrine is an intelligent action adventure in the vein of Michael Crichton.

WARNING: THIS BOOK CONTAINS SCENES OF VIOLENCE THAT MAY UPSET SOME READERS.


About the author: After spending 15 years in the international development sector, James Grenton burst onto the writing scene with his debut novel, The Somali Doctrine. His three other novels are also available on Kindle.

About the Author

James Grenton graduated from Oxford University with a BA in History and Economics and then obtained an MSC in Business Studies. He started his career in financial journalism before moving to the international development sector, where he worked for 15 years and travelled extensively across Africa, Asia and Latin America. He was also the CEO of a fast-growing NGO and has an MA in Journalism and a PhD in Sociology. His passions are social issues and writing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 431 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 146621757X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: ITP (16 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052U9LXA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #215,505 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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James Grenton graduated from Oxford University with a BA in History and Economics and then obtained an MSC in Business Studies. He started his career in financial journalism before moving to the international development sector, where he worked for 15 years and travelled extensively across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

He was also the founding CEO of a fast-growing NGO and has an MA in Journalism and a PhD in Sociology. His passion is social issues and writing - hence why he focuses on writing what are known as 'intelligent thrillers'.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A haunting and relevant thriller 20 Jun. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The Somali Doctrine, James Grenton's debut, is the story of an Interpol agent making it his mission to stop the remorseless madmen at the helm of the world's largest NGO. The Somali Doctrine is all fiction, however, James Grenton has been witness to most situations and aspects touched upon in this haunting thriller, that takes us from real life disasters in Somaliland to Nairobi slums, plush South African hotels, and London. A terrific read and highly recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read - more please! 7 July 2011
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I have always been a fan of Robert Ludlum's earlier books; you could almost feel the pain suffered by his characters, making their inevitable brutal revenge all the more sweet. Grenton's characters are certainly made to suffer, but this is a more grown-up affair than Ludlum's Bourne trilogy - probably a reflection of the moral ambiguity of the modern world in contrast to the clear distinctions of the Cold War. There are no forgone conclusions here, and this is not a comfortable ride for the reader; there are some genuinely shocking moments, and it is hard not to feel tainted by the corruption and compromise of the main characters and events.
I hope there's more where this came from.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better 4 Jan. 2013
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There is a good thriller waiting to be written about NGOs and aid in Africa - unfortunately this isn't it. I was disappointed because the author has worked in this world, as is shown by some of the descriptions and the detail which are obviously from first hand experience. Shame he hasn't used that experience to write a better book. All of the characters are so badly drawn that you couldn't care less about them. And if in doubt for a plot device the author just has someone else brutally murdered. The body count is ridiculous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific thriller! 11 July 2011
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A terrific thriller! I simply couldn't put it down, the action keeps you hooked until the last scene.

But beyond the fiction, this book is a sad reminder of the dramatic situation in Somalia.

I look forward to James Grenton's next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The Somali Doctrine is a gripping novel which I highly recommend. From Mogadishu, Addis Ababa, to Paris, London, Johannesburg and Nairobi, the plot never slackens, as you are taken into the sinister plot involving Somali militias, mercenary forces and non governmental organizations.

This is also a novel with a message! James Grenton portrays the negative impact on Africa of organizations (militias, mercenary forces, but also NGOs) that are unaccountable to the societies they operate in, with their own agenda and serving their own interests.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Somali Doctrine 13 Mar. 2013
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I don't know whether I expect too much of books nowadays, but this didn't exactly grab me - a lot of very graphic description of violence. I read the book to the end, but it became a bit of a chore!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Finish It! 8 Dec. 2012
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An interesting plot, plenty of characters, some violent action, but so poorly written, and completely without subtlety. I will not be downloading any more work from this author.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner 17 Jun. 2011
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I enjoyed reading this book - a real page turner! Plenty of action and twists which kept me wanting to read more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
riveting
Published 4 months ago by Kevin O'Reilly
5.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking
This is not just a good story, but makes you question the roles of NGO's. Are we helping or causing the problems.
Published 6 months ago by JRJ
5.0 out of 5 stars violent but a fascinating portrayal
Seemed very well researched and had the me gripped from the beginning. Good characters and the story builds suspense well.
Published 9 months ago by picky from yorkshire
4.0 out of 5 stars WARNING - very violent
This book is not for the squeamish as it contains a lot of violence - rapes (though nothing too graphic);
massacres of innocent refugees; beheadings; beatings, murders, etc. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. Bruce
4.0 out of 5 stars The Somali Doctrine
A good read.Just lets you think what could go wrong with donated money.I enjoyed the way that agencies were linked together.A conspiracy theory persons dream.
Published on 13 Jan. 2013 by Steven Daly
4.0 out of 5 stars Brutal, fast paced thriller
The blurb tells you the outline of the story. Essentially the story is about the mad men who control a major (fictional) NGO and have motives far from helping the suffering people... Read more
Published on 2 Sept. 2012 by Vet with a mission
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, gripping thriller
A compelling and extremely well written thriller that grabs the reader from the first and simply refuses to let go. Read more
Published on 1 Aug. 2012 by Peter Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Somtimes a book comes along that puts you off reading. This one was it for me. I haven't finished reading it, nor will I. Hopefully I'll get the urge to read something else soon.
Published on 29 July 2012 by Keziwezi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great first novel, keep an eye on this author!
This is the first novel from James Grenton and I have to say I was very impressed. Just the kind of book I love, with intriguing characters, action-filled storylines, and some... Read more
Published on 12 Jun. 2012 by David Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly gripping
I bought this book - and so should you - because proceeds are donated to the Alkaptonuria Society (I had read a tweet about the book from its CEO).

But... Read more
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