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Mumtaz!! (That's Arabic for "Excellent!"),
This review is from: Effendi: The Second Arabesk (Hardcover)
If you have any background in study of 20th Century World history, particularly of the Middle-East, then this book is a treat. Action packed cyberpunk of the best kind, not too cynical, with a wonderful alternative history's Alexandria to explore. The plot twists and turns; I was very close to the end before I got an inkling of what might really be going on and all kinds of threads from the previous novel start to come together.
You'll eventually like many of the characters despite them doing some bad things when you first meet them; as the story unfolds you start to understand the forces that made them what they are.
The parallels with current actual history and world terrorism in some scenes is very interesting. The well-developed background and settings,the fashion, dance clubs, remixes, pirate radio, vehicles, media, etc make for a very satisfying read.
When's the next one coming out? I want it!!!