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The Washington Stratagem (Yael Azoulay) by [LeBor, Adam]
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'Who knew the United Nations could be so exciting? Murder, intrigue and a beguiling protagonist make Adam LeBor's international thriller a gripping and enticing read' The Guardian US ('The Books We Enjoyed Most in 2014').

'[A] series of thought-provoking geopolitical thrillers ... Mr. LeBor writes with perception about the gray ethical area in which Azoulay must maneuver ... and succeeds in making us care about his two-fisted protagonist and her all-too-human vulnerability' Wall Street Journal.

'Gripping and atmospheric' Charles Cumming.

'I was hooked on the first page ... Yael Azoulay is a feisty, intrepid protagonist whom the reader cheers for every step of the way. I look forward to her adventures in the next of this series' Suspense magazine.

'An Israeli-born female James Bond... [a] strikingly well-informed, smartly plotted, thriller' Daily Mail.

'Yael, a former Israeli agent, is a well-crafted character ... LeBor certainly manages to build in a sense of the power of corruption in big business ... an interesting and thought-provoking novel' Bestsellingcrimethrillers.

'Highly recommended ... rich and fast-paced, but it is his very sure and experienced hand with international politics, dark-side politics, that makes this book as good as it is' Alan Furst, New York Times bestselling author.

'A smart heroine, unexpected twists, and an intriguing setting separate The Washington Stratagem from the pack of international thrillers' Alex Berenson, New York Times bestselling author of the John Wells series.

'A page-turning thriller with a meaty conspiracy theory rooted in historical fact and bristling with warnings' Irish Times.

About the Author

Adam LeBor lives in Budapest and writes for the Economist, Newsweek, New York Times, The Times and other publications. He is the author of a number of nonfiction books, including the Orwell Prize shortlisted Hitler's Secret Bankers.

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  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (21 May 2015)
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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Yael Azoulay is a UN covert negotiator working under the UN
Secretary General Fareed Hussain in Washington. When she is sent to put pressure on Clarence Clairborne (ex military black operations agent) who is head of The Prometheus group (asset management & security) to stop its' illegal dealings with Iran, Yael soon discovers duplicity within the upper echelons of the UN which lead to murder, political chaos and corruption.
LeBor writes with such conviction that we're left wondering just how much of the storyline could actually happen. His knowledge of the complexities of Middle East politics is outstanding and this shines through in his writing. He successfully transports us from the pomp and glitz of the UN corridors of power to the heat of The Middle east with all its' cultural and political differences.
His attention to detail and the richness of his descriptions create convincing dynamic settings as he delivers the all too believable storyline with flair.
LeBor does not pull his punches!
Yael Azoulay, is a wonderful protagonist with moral, compassion and heart as well as bravery and the courage to follow her convictions, but what really draws the reader to her is her vulnerability and the fact

that she is not a supermodel or James bond girl type character. If you like a good Geopolitical thriller with a strong female protagonist The Washington Stratagem is most definitely for you.
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The Secretary General of the United Nations sends his special agent Yael Azoulay to Washington DC to ‘talk’ to Clarence Clairborne. As the CEO of the Prometheus Group, a powerful lobbyist and asset management firm, Clairborne has involved the group in some illegal dealings with Iran and Yael is there to put some pressure on him.

What follows is a revelation of in-fighting, back-stabbing and subterfuge within the very innermost depths of the UN. This, coupled with global business profiting over the misery of others, provides us with an interesting, and at times compelling, thriller.

With an international summit due to take place in Istanbul, the knives are out in the upper echelons of the UN, and the partnership between Prometheus and the UN is firmly established. Prometheus is given the responsibility of providing the security in Istanbul and also at all UN buildings, thus supplementing the role of the UN security department.

Yael, a former Israeli agent, is a well-crafted character as are most of the additional players in this book. The plot is a little difficult to follow at times, but this may be perhaps because I have not read any of the other books in the series. Adam Lebor certainly manages to build a sense of the power of corruption in big business. “Chaos is profit.” “The greater the chaos, the greater the profit.”

Adam Lebor has written an interesting and thought-provoking novel. With the United States providing twenty-five per cent of the UN’s funding, the reader is left wondering if the quarter-funding results in a more than one-in-four ratio of influence in the overall global strategy of the UN. – Sméagol

Rating: Three Stars.

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Yael Azoulay works at the United Nations and is based in New York and is a covert UN negotiator reporting directly to the UN Secretary General Fareed Hussain. Other than the Secretary General and a few trusted aids the UN press corps know who she is but not exactly what she does.

She is sent to Washington DC to meet the head of The Prometheus Group which is a secretive organisation that publicly is an asset management & security company led by brash Clarence Clairborne, who has his own interesting back story. The Prometheus Group’s reach is far and deep in the intelligence and military communities and only those who need to know actually know what it does.

Yael Azoulay is sent to meet with Clarence Clairborne with a file of information that would be of interest to many groups outside of the UN. What Yael does not realise is that she is crossing a man who will go to any lengths required to keep the information buried and her with it if necessary.

The UN General Secretary is put on sick leave ahead of a major peace conference in Istanbul that he and Yael have been working very hard on, but an internal coup takes place sidelining them both. The Acting Secretary General Caroline Masters is an American who wants to see a greater role for private companies in the UN Security and she allows The Prometheus Group and its allies to take a greater role in the Istanbul Conference.

Yael has to get to Istanbul she is sure that the conference will be a target for terrorism, but her diplomatic immunity has been revoked and she is wanted in a number of countries to aid investigations in to suspicious deaths. Yael has to fight for her life as everyone is looking to get to her, some to kill her others to use her but can she evade them and save the conference.
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This is an absolute cracker! Fantastic! I couldn’t put it down!!! I liked so many aspects. The attention to detail, the psychological analysis of how a trained government killer / assassin’s mind works, is brilliant! A window showing the machinations of international politics. Finally, the labyrinth plot is so well written and technically accomplished; each interlocking conspiracy developing in to a clever well thought out resolution. This book is screaming to be made in to a Hollywood film immediately!
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