4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
El Iskandryia or bust,
By A Customer
This review is from: Effendi: The Second Arabesk (Hardcover)
Having read pashazade I was pretty much convinced that I would enjoy effendi and I wasn't wrong. Grimwood's alternate present/future is a very believeable place and really draws you in. As is the mark of a good storyteller the characters feel real enough for you to care about them and want them to succeed ..or fail.
The only real fault with this book is that at times there's no real sense of danger. You know that despite the odds the hero will succeed. Now fair enough it'd be a pretty sorry state of affairs if the hero didn't win and the villain wasn't defeated, but it's still nice to have that doubt. Fortunately the times when the suspense is lacking are quite rare.
Grimwood has built on his El Iskandryia, a city at the crossroads of the major global cultures, and it seems much more alive than in Pashazade. It's very easy to imagine a city full of intigue and middle eastern style politics, a bit like a cross between Casablanca and Budapest.
There's still a lot of hi-tech gadgetry used throughout the book, but it doesn't get in the way of the story and is never too complicated or techy to understand.
Overall I though this was a brilliant book, The story is compelling, full of twists and turns and to be honest I couldn't put it down.
If you haven't read Pashazade, read it, then read this. If you've read Pashazade and enjoyed it, you won't regret buying Effendi.