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The Reckoning by [Tanya Parker Mills]
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About the Author

Tanya Parker Mills grew up overseas in Greece, Turkey, Iraq, and Lebanon. She lived through two revolutions in Iraq involving Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath Party. With a degree in Journalism from Brigham Young University, she has worked for a PBS affiliate and has published numerous newspaper articles. She currently lives in Washington with her husband and their two children. This, her first novel, was a finalist in two categories for the 2008 Whitney Award, won the 2009 Indie Book Award for Multicultural Fiction (while being named a finalist in two other categories), and won the 2010 Writer's Digest International Self-Published Book Award for Mainstream/Literary Fiction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 630 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (17 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NPDNJ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,716,485 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Part of the power of this first novel comes from Mills' skill in creating interesting characters, and part comes from the veracious atmosphere she creates, and part from a masterful command of narrative. Like all successful novelists, Mills allows the reader to know exactly what the reader needs to know, but no more. Or perhaps I should say there are enough plot twists en route to an edge-of-your-seat ending to please the most demanding of Hollywood thriller directors. Or maybe I could even say that when it comes to violence in the name of literature Cormac McCarthy has nothing on Tanya Parker Mills!

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?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transformative 14 Oct. 2008
By Diane J - Published on Amazon.com
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This story was much more graphically intense than my typical fare. It is not for the faint of heart or tender of spirit; however, the reader will be well compensated for the journey. The story is set just prior to the 2002 invasion of Iraq, and explains in excruciating detail the torture and horror used by Saddam Hussein's regime to control his people. The protagonist, Theresa Fuller, is an American journalist who finds herself at the mercy of this brutal regime. The author does an incredible job describing the gradual transformation of this woman, and somehow in doing so she takes the reader on a similar journey. One cannot help but be stunned into seeing everyday life through different eyes after reading this book.

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.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Reckoning 19 Sept. 2012
By Joann H. Arnold - Published on Amazon.com
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When I sat down to read "The Reckoning" I wasn't prepared for what was in store for me. I was immediately drawn in to an emotional, intense story that I had difficulty putting down. Tanya Mills has taken her characters, as well as her readers, on an exotic, dangerous, intriguing journey.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is a very moving story with history woven through ... 7 Jun. 2016
By Kerry Quigley - Published on Amazon.com
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It is a very moving story with history woven through it. We used this book for our book club then had the author come & tell her journey of why she wrote it. Fascinating!!
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED THIS BOOKI! 12 Jan. 2017
By Mildred - Published on Amazon.com
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Had an opportunity to have the author meet with our Book Club. We all had questions regarding her history, the book and any other books she's written. The book was wonderful and meeting with her made it even better.
4.0 out of 5 stars Prison love 8 Feb. 2014
By J. Lowery - Published on Amazon.com
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In an unrealistic story about a imprisoned journalist captive falls in love with captor. Yet the drama pulls through a pretty good tale. Yet once again a female writer finds a need for her heroin to love her oppressor and find some odd dignity in it. Which brings us upon a rather disturbing modern day woman secret desire the seems to keep rearing its head in American female writers.
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