A fascinating look into the politics of the Middle East's religious beliefs and oil wealth. An honest look at what has motivated the US and other countries, which is to say not always a flattering look, from insider Richard A. Clarke, who has worked in intelligence and counterterrorism for several US administrations. This is a fiction book, but one gets the sense that it is just barely fiction. Very timely.
Not a very good first fiction novel. It feels very rushed, like the publisher saw a market window and drove the process very, very quickly. The characters are cardboard cutouts and the plot isn't all that believable. Sadly, I'd give this one a pass.
This is a thriller from the Middle East.The author has worked through three decades for 4 presidents, the State Dept and Pentagon. He traveled through the Middle East, visiting palaces, Military bases, intelligence centers, meeting rulers, soldiers and spies. Much of what he experiences is in this book. The author Richard a. Clarke, makes the following statement," Fiction can often the truth better than non-Fiction. And there is a lot of truth that needs to be told".
It seems to me that the author is telling us that we need to read this book because we can not tell the truth of what is happening in the Middle East without a war. I believe that that is a warning to us. I also believe that we need to read this book and not necessarily discard it as fiction.