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Reads fast, story somewhat contrived
on 10 September 2011
This is a pretty good book but I could only give it three stars because the story is somewhat contrived. I suppose, in some alternative universe, it could be possible but it was just a bit far-fetched, in my opinion. That said, it's written well and it flows. If you've got a long flight, train or bus journey this will fill in the time nicely and you'll probably have it finished before you've reached your destination - if it takes more than four hours.
It is an interesting take to have the main character, a Western conglomarte CIA,FBI,NSA,MI6 action man a Muslim but since he's not all that observant you have to wonder why? Aside from obviously being fluent in Arabic and able to pass for an Arab or Middle Eastern guy - since he slots in so easily in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia - the whole faith thing sort of lies dead in the water. Also, I realize that America is the super-power but to have the bad guys be so totally inept and the hero (John Wells) and his side-kick be so great in all things just pushes the boundary of belief over into pure fantasy.
But, at the end of the day, the story still flows and certainly doesn't strain your intellect, so, for a fast-paced, easy read you probably can't do better than this.