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The Guardian
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on 22 August 2012
Having enjoyed David Hosp's previous books, I was eager to read this new publication. The research about, and scene setting, in Afghanistan were convincing to one who has little knowledge or experience of the country. However, the characters in the USA seemed less convincing to me (but I am British!);the 'heroine' was just too capable; the agents a little too formulaeic, and the "twist" was unfortunately predictable. The main theme was interesting and unusual, this did keep me reading but there were just too many violent deaths.In my opinion it's worth a read for those who like fast paced, interesting plots with a background of well researched information and who can cope with lots of violence. Just not right for me.
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on 22 July 2013
I have read all of the Scott Finn books, so can count myself as someone who generally enjoys the work of David Hosp.

This is by far the worst book by Hosp I have read.

The 'Islamic' aspect of the book is laughable. The references to Allah, Muhammad and Muslims in general are generally, if not exclusively, very negative. The worst possible image of Islam is being portrayed when the author describes a relic that is linked to Muhammad going into battle or when a character beseeches Allah just before or after committing a heinous act. I cannot recall any positive comment being made about Islam or Muslims.

I also did not realise that Farsi was a language widely spoken in Afghanistan, as spoken by the main bad guy. Pashto or Dari are the languages that are most commonly spoken in Afghanistan. Perhaps it is the non-existent research on Islam, Muslims and Afghanistan that led to this childish error?

Good news for American readers: the book is full of American exceptionalism. The USA is the good guy. The horrors of Abu Ghraib are virtually excused/dismissed in one paragraph. Strangely there is no mention of drone attacks, Sgt Robert Bales or that the USA invaded Afghanistan despite the Afghans willingness to hand Bin Laden to a neutral country, an offer the US refused as they were cleearly hellbent on invading.

Putting aside the above, the book is easy to read but does not contain much of a story. The book is entirely predictable. A disappointing read. Perhaps the author should stay away from Islam/Muslims (another of his books opens with a terrorist attack by Muslims - if I recall correctly another gratuitous example of linking Muslims to acts of violence) and stick to writing legal thrillers.
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on 29 May 2013
I found this a captivating read. The challenges facing Jack Saunders and Cianna Phelan are taken head first. The scenes in Afghanistan give a real sense of location. The conspiracies and pitfalls they have to overcome keep the pulse racing. The dangers are soon realised in a cabal that has the potential to change the future of the country. Cianna's brother goes missing and adds another dimension to their race against the clock. The U.S. Government security is threatened. Inevitably, violence erupts and fanatics appear who have reputations for extreme cruelty and execution. Fasil was one of them a thoroughly dislikeable man.Eruptions of gunfire and warfare were commonplace. Nowhere to run, nowhere to go, nobody to trust. Cianna, the once disgraced war hero becomes a heroine.

I really enjoyed this book. It was written at a pace I could follow and the introduction of the characters, even with complicated names, was eased into the narrative in a comprehensible way. Recommended.
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on 2 November 2012
I really liked this book. It was fast moving with interesting players; yes, if you looked too carefully they had everything off pat but what heroes nowadays do not. I would have liked a little more vulnerability with the heroine, sometimes you can be too good to be true. Once again it is a nagging concern of mine that I continually include in a review, why do authors not think their endings through better. The villain here was ruthless but succumbed in the end very tamely which was very disappointing. Liked it enough to buy all the other David Hosp books.
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I've enjoyed all David Hosp's stories including this one. However I must admit to being a little disappointed that the story wasn't a Scott Finn adventure. Notwithstanding that The Guardian is a fast paced exciting thriller concerning an ancient Islamic artifact stolen from unhappy Afghanistan. The players are, as you would expect, highly trained and ruthless. As I remarked earlier, I enjoyed this, but I still hope his next book is about Scott Finn.
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on 22 April 2015
As soon as I started to read this book, I realised I had made a mistake. It is very superficial, with all characters possessing almost super-human abilities; hand-to-hand fighting, weapons, languages, historical knowledge etc. Even the bar owner was someone to be reckoned with. A few more normal characters sprinkled about would have made the story more believable, and more interesting. I will not read any more novels by this author.
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on 27 February 2013
Wow. That was an ordeal. This book is the very definition of thriller cliche: with protagonists spouting off endlessly about their exhaustive "training", terrorist baddies, inane twists, mind-numbing dialogue and "hardass" main characters. Avoid.
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on 1 March 2015
Very plausible storyline with interesting characters and a nail biting finish. There could be scope for developing the Cianna character in a sequel.
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on 14 February 2014
fast pace kept me reading until late into the night. A book which I could not put down and was sorry when I reached the last page.
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on 25 December 2012
the guerdian by david hosp kept me gripped from the beginning to the end. have now read all his books can,t wait for the nextone.
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