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The Geneva Option by [LeBor, Adam]
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"A gripping and atmospheric thriller from a great writer. Yael Azoulay is a character I'm looking forward to reading about again and again."--Charles Cumming, New York Times bestselling author of The Trinity Six

"A seditiously good read."--Mark Malloch-Brown, former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

A gripping and atmospheric thriller from a great writer. Yael Azoulay is a character I m looking forward to reading about again and again. --Charles Cumming, New York Times bestselling author of The Trinity Six"

A seditiously good read. --Mark Malloch-Brown, former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations"

British journalist Lebor introduces brilliant and beautiful Yael Azoulay, a behindthe-scenes negotiator for the United Nations, in his gripping debut thriller, the first in a trilogy [T]hose looking for a strong heroine in the mold of Lisbeth Salander will be satisfied. --Publishers Weekly"

This thriller s prologue is a small masterpiece in showing how the seemingly banal a worker taking a cigarette break on a balcony can be upended into terror. The rest of the book fulfills the prologue s promise . [with] scene after scene of heart-clutching suspense Must reading. --Booklist(starred review)"

Adam LeBor masterfully weaves an international espionage thriller Five Stars out of Five. --Examiner"

"British journalist Lebor...introduces brilliant and beautiful Yael Azoulay, a behindthe-scenes negotiator for the United Nations, in his gripping debut thriller, the first in a trilogy... [T]hose looking for a strong heroine in the mold of Lisbeth Salander will be satisfied."--Publishers Weekly

"This thriller's prologue is a small masterpiece in showing how the seemingly banal-a worker taking a cigarette break on a balcony-can be upended into terror. The rest of the book fulfills the prologue's promise.... [with] scene after scene of heart-clutching suspense...Must reading."--Booklist(starred review)

"Adam LeBor masterfully weaves an international espionage thriller... Five Stars out of Five."--Examiner

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Yael Azoulay does the United Nations' dirty work by cutting deals that most of us never hear about. Equally at home in the caves of Afghanistan, the slums of Gaza, or corporate boardrooms all across the world, Yael believes the ends justify the means...until she's pushed way beyond her breaking point.

When Yael is assigned to eastern Congo to negotiate with Jean-Pierre Hakizimani, a Hutu warlord wanted for genocide, she offers him a generous plea bargain. Thanks to Congo's abundance of a valuable mineral used in computer and cell phone production, her number one priority is maintaining regional stability. But when she discovers that Hakizimani is linked to the death of the person she loved the most--and that the UN is prepared to sanction mass murder--Yael soon realizes that salvation means not just saving others' lives but confronting her own inner demons.

Spanning New York City, Africa, and Switzerland, The Geneva Option is the first in a series of gripping conspiracy thrillers, a tour de force of international espionage and intrigue.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 681 KB
  • Print Length: 367 pages
  • Publisher: Telegram Books (1 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BBZJECI
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,086 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having thoroughly enjoyed Adam Lebor's `The Budapest Protocol', I was keen to read `The Geneva Option' - and wasn't disappointed. The novel opens with a woman being pushed to her death from a balcony at the UN headquarters in New York, and then introduces us to Yael Azoulay, a skilled negotiator, accustomed to dealing with disreputable and even dangerous figures. After it looks as though she has been leaking confidential information she is suspended from her UN post. However she then discovers clues to a frightening corporate conspiracy which could put hundreds of lives at risk, and goes undercover in an attempt to discover and expose the truth ...
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I must say I liked this one, which had me in from the outset.

There is a good plot within and a protagonist to align with pretty quickly. Yael is a U.N. negotiator who is suspended from duties early in the piece but still pursues what she was working on.

LeBor writes with style and does well in keeping tension levels high by closing many chapters when things are on a knife's edge. There is a lot of topical material and many readers will have their views of global politics and organisations like the U.N. reinforced on reading this fictional account. There was a fraction too much nonsense at the end for my liking and possibly a little too much coincidence holding things together too. Given the strength of the book otherwise, however, I don't want to over-play these late observations.

Only a couple of minor typos, so nothing to worry about on that front in the Kindle version.

This is a well-structured and well-written novel which, together with a strong lead character, should speak well for any sequels.

PS. I have exchanged a couple of tweets with the author (not about this book), but otherwise have no relationship with him.
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A gripping, high octane thriller about greed, corruption and skulduggery in a major international organisation with offices in Geneva....FIFA?
No, this is about dodgy, devilish and dastardly doings and dealings in the UN and the evil influence of global corporations, for which, regardless of the PR froth about commitment to social responsibility, the only real motivators are power and profit.
It is a tale of a Superwoman type character, supported by a Superman type character, out for revenge and an investigative journalist getting the scoops with help from a deep throat.
It gives good insights into the workings of the UN, the unsavoury and morally questionable comprises it makes "for the greater good" (eg: Srebrenica and Rwanda) and the tragedy of Eastern Congo.
I had some difficulty keeping track of who was who, as there are a lot of characters involved (but this is one area where Kindle comes into its own, with its Search facility); I did not understand Joe-Don's motivation in giving everything, including his retirement fund, up to assist Yael; I was left unsure as to whether Fareed was a good guy or, particularly having regard to Zeinab's involvement, a bad guy and I felt there were quite a few loose ends but I still enjoyed it immensely.
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Adam Lebor penetrates deep into the workings of the United Nations in a way rarely tackled in a commercial thriller. He spotlights the horrific mineral war around the African Great Lakes which has killed millions in recent years, while supplying metals such as gold, tin and coltan to our cell phones and lap tops. Lebor achieves this with real characters in real situations. At times the blood boils because of reality of what he decsribes. A great achievement.
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This was almost a very good book, on a par with Lebor's previous novel, 'The Budapest Protocol' (to which this occasionally makes oblique reference). Its protagonist, Yael Azoulay, is a heady mixture of Madeleine Albright and Wonder Woman with a pinch of Mata Hari thrown in for good measure. Unfortuantely the resultant melange in not as alluring as it should be one might expect, and the initial appeal soon starts to wear off. The roving deal-broker, working directly at the behest of the Secretary General, is transformed into house-breaker, would-be escort and ninja assassin.

Having started well, with early chapters illuminating possible scandal with the higher reaches of the United nation (sadly, all too plausible), it veered off into all too fanciful lines. I am generally happy to collude with the writer and suspend my disbelief, but there are limits, and this book transgressed them.

I understand that this is the first of a series but, although I enjoyed this sufficiently to complete the book, I don't think I will be bothering with any of its successors.
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It was intriguing in many ways and very thought provoking. I am now working my way through Adam Lebor's non fiction writing which is equally enthralling and very detailed. I would like to download his other short story The Istanbul Exchange but Amazon don't appear to be allowing us to get that product.
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Fast paced thriller.very plausible and interesting material.great read if you like political intrigue and mystery.would certainly recommend this book to anybody
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The story grips you from the beginning. The author seems to know just what goes on in the UN. A book you cannot put down. It ex[plains a lot of what you read in the news. Or it could just be some reverse propogander
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