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The Reykjavik Assignment (Yael Azoulay) Paperback – 3 Nov 2016

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus; UK Airports edition (3 Nov. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1784970301
  • ISBN-13: 978-1784970307
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 3.6 x 14.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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'Imaginative take on geopolitics ... the action never flags' Sunday Times Crime Club.

'A fast-moving international conspiracy theory thriller ... Lebor's thrillers are grounded in realpolitik and he is particularly knowledgeable here on the situation in the Middle East' Shots Magazine.

'Sharp, evocative, rhythmic, visual, terrifying' Frost Magazine.

'With this book, UK journalist Adam LeBor's electrifying Yael Azoulay trilogy comes to an end. His sharp, gripping narrative delves into the intricacies of geopolitics' Monocle magazine.

'A thriller with a difference' Booktrail.

'This fast-moving, refreshingly intelligent story is packed with insider knowledge' Daily Mail.

'Hooked me from the prologue ... I found myself totally engrossed ... chillingly prescient' Nudge Books.

'A real page turner. It also makes you think what kind of world we live in and what we mere mortals may not know about what is being done in our name' Tripfiction.

'An entertaining and at times gripping journey full of murder and intrigue through the corridors of global power' The Jewish Chronicle.

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Yael Azoulay, covert negotiator for the UN secretary-general, has made a powerful enemy in Clarence Clairborne. Head of the Prometheus Group, a Washington, D.C., lobbying and security firm, he's as corrupt as they come, and fixated on revenge. Yael knows she's being followed, but Clairborne's operatives are not the only ones tracking her every move. Unexpected visitors from her past have arrived, and she won't be able to evade them for long.

Driven by exceptional plotting and electrifying prose, The Reykjavik Assignment follows Yael as she fights the pull of her old life while brokering the triumph of her career: a summit in Reykjavik, Iceland, between the United States and Iran. But when events in Reykjavik take a terrifying turn, the only thing that Yael cares about is preventing a desperate man from taking desperate measures to avenge his own past.

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This is my first introduction to this author even although this is the third novel featuring the heroine Yael Azoulay a UN covert investigator. Yael is in her mid-thirties and has spent most of her life becoming involved in the corridors of power and sorting out confrontations between various high powered situations in high profile countries such as Iraq, Syria and Iran.

Unfortunately, as I have not read the previous two books it is difficult to fully follow the past incidents that have made her the person she is but this book gives the impression that Yael is beginning to regret forgoing a family life and children to pursue her career. However, she is motivated by the horrendous death of her brother David in a hostage situation that went wrong and is determined to finally get the truth from the Secretary General of the UN Fareed Hussain who was responsible for the past events.

The action is non-stop and very well written, the main subject matter of this book is the President of the United States, Renee Freshwater (a female president, how topical!) meeting up with the Iranian president Kermanzade (another female) to affect a reconciliation between the two nations. Officially they are both present for an environmental summit but there are so many organisations both covert and open for whom peace with Iran is not wanted. War between the two nations means untold financial gains for arms companies and they will stop at nothing to stall any negotiations.

Yael becomes involved again when both presidents are held hostage and she becomes the only person able to defuse the situation in more ways than one.

I enjoyed this book but felt reading the first two would have helped me fully understand all the action as there is quite a lot of references to previous events.
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Format: Hardcover
The Reykjavik Assignment is, despite the clue in its title, a thriller set largely in New York (to be precise for 332 out of 448 pages in the edition I read…). Not that this in any way detracts from a quite excellent, very well written, and exciting read – but it did leave me feeling a little short changed – given that TripFiction is all about location and I am our Iceland expert!

Yael, mid 30s and ex Israeli Secret Service (but that is not generally known), has risen through the ranks of the UN to become a covert negotiator and special assistant to the Secretary General, Fareed Hussein. Pretty much everything she does is deniable… The UN is full of spies, half truths, and downright deception. What you see in public is not what you get in private. The intrigue extends to the international press corps – who on occasion work with, and on occasion work against, their alleged colleagues. Al Jazeera, The Times of London, and the New York Times make strange bed-fellows… It all sounds pretty far-fetched until you remember that Adam LeBor is a very respected foreign correspondent who has covered many stories that intimately involve the UN. There is something of a ring of truth and authenticity about the way he writes… Fareed Hussein’s UN past is murky, and one of the drivers of the murkiness is his and the UN’s role in the 1995 massacre of Srebrenica towards the end of the bloody Balkans conflict. Adam was a correspondent on the ground covering the war. Similarly he puts forward a strong theory that implicates the UN in the 1994 massacre of 800,000 members of the Tutsi tribe in Rwanda. Realpolitik sometimes seems to rule the day… The Reykjavik Assignment (and the stories woven into the book) are, of course, fiction – but it does make you think.
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Format: Hardcover
The Reykjavik Assignment - Adam Lebor
(The third book in the Yael Azoulay series of political thrillers).

Yael Azoulay works for the United Nations as a senior covert negotiator for Secretary General, Fareed Hussein. Azoulay is tasked with brokering a secret meeting between American President Freshwater and her Iranian counterpart at the upcoming Reykjavik Summit. However, there are several vested interests who want to see those private talks fail and will go to any length to achieve that. Azoulay's life, those of the participants in the summit and possibly even the future peace of the Middle East and the wider world are threatened. Yet this is only one aspect of a much more complex conspiracy tale.

There are some books that just grab you from the first few pages and 'The Reykjavik Assignment' hooked me from the prologue. The book opens with a couple of set pieces that establish the pacey tone for the novel and I was ready for an exciting thriller but I soon realised that this would be a more complex and involved read. The early chapters offer a wealth of information that sets up the story and many key characters come into play. It all comes thick and fast and I worried about keeping up, it certainly would have been easier to read this novel with a knowledge of the previous two and the story so far. Still I persevered, it all made sense and as the narrative settled I found myself totally engrossed. It was a nice surprise to find that this novel is not a straightforward thriller but a hard edged intelligent story, with a fictional set of characters in an almost allegorical tale of the modern world- all chillingly prescient.

The novel has a number of interesting angles, and although not unique it is rare to have such a strong female protagonist/hero.
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