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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: #1,827,962 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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