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Here's the premise: Theresa Fuller, an American journalist, is arrested by the dreaded Mukhabarat, Saddam Hussein's secret police, while chasing a story in Kurdish Iraq with her photographer friend Peter Cranston. It's August 2002, seven months before the invasion of Iraq. She has entered the country illegally and has dyed her blond hair dark so that she will not stand out. She is in her forties, unmarried. A sadistic Colonel Badr takes a special interest in her interrogation apparently because of something her father did or did not do some forty years earlier when he was a professor at a university in Baghdad and she was nine years old.
Enter a handsome unmarried Mukhabarat Captain named Tariq al-Awali--or actually, he is the one who arrests her and begins the questioning. He is gentle and attentive, perhaps he is the good cop and the monster Badr is the bad cop. And perhaps this will end well and perhaps it will not. And can it really be the case that a man trained in the techniques of torture is to be the hero?Read more ›
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The author is obviously very familiar with the culture, geography, langauage, factions, and customs of this part of the world. She interspersed a great deal of information easily throughout the storyline; for example, when Theresa was stung by a sandfly, the reader learns about this insect, the boil it can produce, and the remedies available for treatment, all without interfering with the storyline. The author provides this education unobstrusively about many subjects throughout the book.
On a personal note, I took great pleasure in the portrayal of the American military, and their role in interrupting an evil government and the strangle-hold they had over their people. I felt gratified that our leaders invaded Iraq in 2002, WMD or not. After reading this book, I believe that doing so saved many more lives than it took, and improved the quality of life for millions. And, it is nice to see our military portrayed as the heroes that they are.
So, five stars for a compelling read with wonderful twists, a powerfully transformative theme, and a satisfying ending.
Teresa Fuller, her cameraman, Peter Cranston, had planned to slip across the Boarder of Iraq long enough to get the details of a story she had been following. As soon as she had what she needed, they would quietly slip out of Iraq without being seen. That didn't happen and what they encountered was , , , well, I'll not go into anymore detail because You have to read the book to get the rest of the story. I promise you that you won't be disappointed.