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4.0 out of 5 stars `Now the only truth: you never know.', 8 Dec 2009
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Jennifer Cameron-Smith "Expect the Unexpected" (ACT, Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Banquo's Ghosts (Hardcover)
A rogue special operation is initiated by CIA spymaster Stewart Banquo after he learns that an Iranian scientist is in the process of developing nuclear weapons on Iranian soil. Peter Johnson, a dissolute liberal news journalist is recruited as a most unlikely hero where he poses as a sympathetic reporter writing a piece about Iran's nuclear facilities. His mission is to kill the scientist.

Unfortunately, the best laid plans (and even those that are not) frequently fail. The consequences are that Johnson is captured and tortured by the Iranians. With the assistance of the CIA operatives who trained him initially, Johnson escapes from Iran and returns to the USA.
Back in the USA, Johnson is involved in tracking down a group of suspected Iranian terrorists who are planning to commit nuclear terrorism in New York. The stakes are high: both New York City and Johnson's kidnapped daughter are at risk.

There is plenty of action in this novel, and some very interesting characters. This is a work of fiction, but the actions described are disturbingly plausible. Are the actions of Banquo and his ghosts justified? You can read this novel for the page-turning action, and you can question political correctness, decision-making processes and consequences. In some ways, the novel left me unsatisfied: there is too much plausibility in this (although it may involve different players) for me to just finish the novel and walk away. I didn't like some of the characters or their actions. Overall the novel made me think about causes and motivations, about events, effects and outcomes.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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