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You'll swear you are standing beside Rik Bogart through every agonizing moment of uncertainty, fear and outright intimidation by Saddam's goons as the CIA station chief makes plans to go to Riyadh to escape almost certain death. But in the end, he stays in Baghdad to save the woman he loves, journalist Ingrid Johansson.
Problem is, she has gone to the Kuwaiti front with a news crew, leaving a bewildered Rik at the mercy of the sadistic Tariq Yuhana, head of the Iraqi State Police.
The price Rik pays for his devotion to his departed love is 19 months inside Abu Ghraib -- the prison of the dead.
The author's description of Rik's time in his dreadful, cramped cell is excruciating, watching his body shrivel and his mind slowly wither with it. Indeed, this is a grim highlight of the book as the author vividly illustrates what happens to political prisoners in places like Iraq. It's beyond brutal.
He has all but lost hope when word comes of the cease-fire. He is released in cast-off clothes with nothing but a plane ticket to New York in one hand and a bottle of expensive wine -- a whimsical parting gift from Yuhana -- in the other. He still hopes to find Ingrid and share a toast to his release.
The remainder of this fine psychological thriller details Rik's return to civilization and his new life as a nightclub owner in the Big Apple ten years later. Inevitably, Ingrid walks through the doors of Rik's place in 2001. The reunion does not go well, and they part company once again -- only for Ingrid to court a disastrous end when the World Trade Center collapses.
What ensues will prevent you from putting this book down -- even to sleep -- as Rik sets off on a new quest, as a favor to an old friend. The surprise ending is incredible.
This is a tense, methodical look at what went wrong for U.S. policy in Iraq, and the devastating effect it had on the men and women who were there just prior to the first Gulf War.
But it's also a study in dogged determination: one man persevering in the face of deprivation and long odds to finally build a new life for himself after his country turns its back on him.
It also speaks eloquently about such vital issues as patriotism, comradeship, and the lengths to which love will go.
Five stars for Rik's. This gritty read will ring true with any follower of America's foreign interventions -- and then deliver a stunning affirmation of life in the end.