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.
I found all the abbreviations and acronyms a bit overwhelming and actually annoying after a while. Author tried too hard to impress reader with his knowledge of the inner circles of "security" in the various countries.
An exciting read. It kept me wondering about our future in the Mid East.
Gives readers an in-depth look at life during Operation Freedom!!
Great story of political intrigue in the Middle East. How close to the truth about starting a war in the gulf does it come? Given all the author's career in defence, I'd say its pretty accurate!
Brian Douglas,working for British intelligence,is in Bahrain'sfive-star Diplomat hotel when the bomb goes off.He's as used to carnage as one can be,after his years in Iraq.But much has changed since that war.The sheiks have been driven out of Saudi Arabia-now called Islamyah-and Iraq has become a virtual puppet of Iran,which is now packing nuclear heat.The coalition forces are long gone from Saddam's homeland,after pulling out their troops and leaving the mess behind.
But the mess is'nt going away,as this latest bombing suggests.And as Douglas and others try to sort out agendas and loyalties,motives and manipulations,the Middle East grows even hotter-and this time withdrawal may not be an option.....
Brian Douglas, working for Brithish intelligence, is in Bahrain's five star Diplomat Hotel when the bomb goes off. He's as used to carnage as one can be, after his years in Iraq. But much has changed since that war. The sheiks have been driven out of Saudi Arabia-now called Islamyah-and Iraq has become a virtual puppet of Iran, which is now packing nuclear heat. The coalition forces are long gone from Saddam's homeland, after pulling out their troops and leaving the mess behind.
But the mess isn't going away as this latest bombing suggests. And as Douglas and others try to sort out agendas and loyalties, motives and manipulations, the Middle East grows ever hotter-and this time withdrawal may not be an option...