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He who wants a rose must respect the thorn. Ancient Persian proverb.,
This review is from: The Geneveh Project (Paperback)
Such a precarious situation. Middle East volatility and American aggression, protecting their own interests.
Many of the events are based on fact and Cope has created a fast-moving, tense political thriller that exposes megalomania, corruption and greed on a damning scale with devastating results. No winners, just losers.
The stakes are high. This is about oil in the Gulf. Set towards the end of the war between Iraq and Iran in the 80s the Iraqis were preventing the Iranians from exporting oil and so the latter were being "strangled economically." They needed nothing short of a miracle to survive the war and this is where self-made British tycoon Declan Doyle comes into the picture, a rich successful entrepreneur motivated by greed to make 20 million $ out of a "hair-brained scheme" with "too many unknowns, too much risk" and of course, it is far too expensive. Depicted more as an anti-hero it is a challenge, a deadly game that he wants to win at any price to feed his ego, increase the power stakes and satisfy his greed to fund his already lavish lifestyle of private boats and planes, first class travel and all those trappings of wealth that most of us dream about but never achieve.
Paddy Doherty, ex Secret Intelligence Service like Doyle and retired Colonel acts as go-between/negotiator on behalf of the Head of the mercenary Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Mohsen Raza, the second most powerful man in Iran after the Ayatollah Khomeini, extremely dangerous and feared by all. Menacing and ruthless.
Doyle comes up with an innovative idea to export the oil in spite of the risks too great to consider and seems prepared to risk "committing commercial suicide." And so this risky game is on! Many lives are at stake. Many lives will be lost.
Soon we discover that there are "dark forces" working surreptitiously in the shadows ready to sabotage project 112/406, the Iraqis and the Americans with the Russians and British Secret Service watching from the sidelines and even the Israelis supplying top secret information to the Americans. No love lost. World Politics is a dangerous game.
"Whatever the Israelis know, the Americans know. Whatever the Americans know, the Iraqis know."
Failure to accomplish this daunting task would result in the execution of Doyle. This is the MURKY world of espionage and no-one is ever safe.
Suicide bombers indoctrinated with the prospect of being a Jihad and achieving Mujahid status, letter bombs, missiles and assassins, CIA or SIS, double-crossings. Trust no-one. In spite of the penalties and Doyle was well aware of them, he still went ahead and embarked on his "last ditch project" to get oil out of Iran at the mercy of Raza, the second most powerful man in Iran but the MOST dangerous.
Politically, it was a volatile situation and still is. The story is exciting and Doyle walks the tightrope more as a political pawn rather than an accomplished acrobat. He is out to succeed but he is unknowingly, competing against the superpowers who want to destroy the Geneveh Project and cripple the Iranians. They are too powerful and more determined to succeed.
For a man who was "hungry for a dollar" how was he going to survive in a "dog eat dog" world? Was he going to survive? Intriguing enough for you to discover yourselves. Enjoy.
Carol Naylor. Spain.