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Posted September 18, 2011
Yes, late to catch this still timely, and still terrific, thriller from Dan Fesperman. His telling of the tale is admirable, yet I wonder if he didn't paint himself into too big of a corner as his ending seemed a bit of a copout. And for the record, Revere Falk, the main character, is an FBI agent in the book, as well as an interrogator.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 2, 2009
timely topic - on target thriller
Baltimore Sun Reporter Dan Fesperman is not only a terrific newsman but a first-rate novelist as well (The Small Boat of Great Sorrows, The Warlord¿s Son). His stories are as current as this morning¿s news and while sometimes troubling also thoroughly entertaining. Our setting is the Guantanamo base or Gitmo, the military originated slang name for this outpost. Gitmo,, as the world knows, is where suspected terrorists are incarcerated and interrogated. Life here doesn¿t amount to much as the suicide rate makes clear. ¿There had been five attempts inside the wire in the last two weeks, none successful and more than thirty since the prisoners first arrived.¿ Revere Falk is a former FBI agent now an interrogator at Gitmo. He qualified for this posting because of his fluency in Arabic, and his desire to keep some secrets in his past. For company he has found a career military woman who shares his assignment. Routine changes when the body of an American soldier, a reservist who was assigned to Guantanamo, is found on a Cuban beach. It¿s not long into Falk¿s investigation of this death before he realizes that what he had hoped to keep secret may be revealed. There a lot of action, much political maneuvering, and a wrenching picture of what can happen during the war on terror to be found in The Prisoner of Guantanamo plus, in this case, a riveting reading delivered by actor David Colacci. Highly recommended. - Gail CookeWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
A terrific thriller
The FBI sends Agent Revere Falk to Guantomino Bay as an Arabic translator since he is proficient in communicating in that language. His specific assignment involves a Yemeni prisoner Adnan with questionable ties to al-Qaeda. However, his efforts to break Adnan halts at least for now when the corpse of an American NCO washes onto beach on the Cuban side of the barrier.--------------- Falk is assigned to investigate the death of the reservist sergeant. He quickly learns the victim had been a Michigan banker in his civilian life, but was recently receiving letters from his family involving Cayman Island financial institutions. Pressure mounts on Falk to finish immediately as the military wants this incident to go away. Other demands also rise from a surprising local source that knows of Falk¿s indiscretions as a young marine years ago. Though he keeps digging, hints of culpability are tossed at him like Improvised Explosive Devices as someone like him must take the fall rank has its privileges nor will it be those connected.------------------- This is a terrific thriller that provides readers with an insightful look at Gitmo from what seems an insider¿s perspective. The descriptions are so detailed and powerful Cheney will probably accuse Dan Fesperman of abetting the enemy. However that depth also at times overwhelms the prime investigation plot as the fascination with the prison is the star draw. Fans will appreciate this deep look at Guantomino Bay inside a fine whodunit or perhaps better said is a fine whodunit inside a deep prison tour.------------- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.