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8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

A gripping thriller with surprises at every turn of a page. The

A gripping thriller with surprises at every turn of a page. The narration follows different characters through different periods of time to allow readers to assemble the pieces of the puzzle in their minds. As the drama unfolds the whole world of post cold-war espionage...
A gripping thriller with surprises at every turn of a page. The narration follows different characters through different periods of time to allow readers to assemble the pieces of the puzzle in their minds. As the drama unfolds the whole world of post cold-war espionage is laid bare, with deception, betrayal and death in every corner. The characters are well-developed and believable. They resonate with the reader and create a high level of emotional involvement. The issues are all resolved by the end of the novel, but the questions and answers continue to provoke thought long after the book has been read. I highly recommend this book. It sustains interest and excitement through every page.

posted by jayfwms on March 18, 2014

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

very, very boring, loved the Authors books, up to this point. Ma

very, very boring, loved the Authors books, up to this point. Made it about 1/2 way, and gave up, wish i had the $12.99 back, wasted $.

posted by FY1 on March 22, 2014

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  • Posted March 18, 2014

    A gripping thriller with surprises at every turn of a page. The

    A gripping thriller with surprises at every turn of a page. The narration follows different characters through different periods of time to allow readers to assemble the pieces of the puzzle in their minds. As the drama unfolds the whole world of post cold-war espionage is laid bare, with deception, betrayal and death in every corner. The characters are well-developed and believable. They resonate with the reader and create a high level of emotional involvement. The issues are all resolved by the end of the novel, but the questions and answers continue to provoke thought long after the book has been read. I highly recommend this book. It sustains interest and excitement through every page.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    The author's best

    Simply superb. Subtle like the best spy thrillers. Wonderful dialog and fully developed characters, who are the subjects of the novel and not cardboard placeholders. Spy stories this good are all too few.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    Spy thriller re: the Arab Spring (Egypt, Libya), the CIA, foreig

    Spy thriller re: the Arab Spring (Egypt, Libya), the CIA, foreign intelligence, spies, opportunists, mercenaries. Really well written, not just in the plot which mirrors reality, but in the hows, whys, and who-is-who. Read carefully as there are many characters and the time moves around. But each encounter has a clue to the overall outcome. There are layers and layers and players and players. As the story comes together in the end, there are surprises and aha moments. This is so much better than most 'spy thrillers' what are just plot and action. This one makes you really think about how all this spy stuff really works. And how real spies actually survive. It's a scary world. 

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    Picked up The Tourist several years back at an airport bookstore

    Picked up The Tourist several years back at an airport bookstore, and ever since have been an Olen Steinhauer fan.  So much so that I have gone back and read all the books he has written to date.  His most recent, The Cairo Affair, didn't disappoint.  Can't wait for the next one! 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2015

    Wow. This is the most enjoyable, readable, though-provoking book

    Wow. This is the most enjoyable, readable, though-provoking book I've read in a long time. Highly recommend. I have read his three book series about Milo Weaver and the "tourists," but this book is far better. Yes, a very elaborate plot, full of twists and turns and moves around time. But beautifully written, never flags....espionage/spy novel at its best. He does indeed make one think of Le Carre. For a while I thought ridiculous conspiracy theory would conclude the plot; thankfully, that isn't so. The only minor quibble I have with this novel is that the author refers to CIA officers as "agents." Agents are the people they recruit, not the CIA case officer. FBI has agents, yes. Not CIA. Also, the top US diplomatic official in a capital city Is the Ambassador, not the Consul. Consul Generals run consulates in secondary cities, not the capital.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2014

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    Life in the espionage world is never what it seems to be. And t

    Life in the espionage world is never what it seems to be. And that is certainly the case in this superb spy novel which follows the excellent Milo Weaver trilogy which ended with “The Tourist.” This story begins in Virginia, at CIA headquarters, where a Libyan-American analyst convinces himself that an old plan, called Stumbler, which he had devised years before, but was shelved, to overthrow the dictator, Muammar Gadhafi, was apparently being implemented.

    However, the main thrust of the plot involves the machinations of the various intelligence services: the CIA, Egyptian and, of course, Libyan. The main characters include an American diplomatic couple, various agents of the intelligence services, and of course, the analyst who travels to Egypt to enter Libya and contact his underground network to boost the plan.

    The author has created a magnificently intriguing plot, filled with an inside look on how intelligence is gathered and disseminated. His portrayal of the various characters leaves the reader with substantial insight into the motivations, including both patriotism and greed, of those involved in spy craft. In his examination of why the various participants act as they do, he not only delves deeply into their psyches, but looks profoundly at the moral issues. Don’t let the length of the novel put you off. It reads swiftly and enjoyably, and is highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2014

    Spy thrillers

    The spy thriller is back. Excellent book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2014

    One of the best!

    What an outstanding and intriguing book. I loved it and sat with my huge National Geographic Atlas open to page 66 so that I could fully comprehend the travels and exploits of each character. The twists and turns of each character's deceptions and motives were so cleverly developed and intertwined. I will now go and read Steinhauer's earlier books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    From Sonny, to everyone

    If you have ever bought a book, you have made a big mistake! Don't buy books! No book is worth your $0 or more! DO NOT EVER BUY BOOKS! e-books and free books included! They are worse than TV and video games!

    1 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2015

    excellent

    First book i have read by this author. So many twists and turns.
    Thoroughly enjoyed it. Already ordered another of his books

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    Posted December 25, 2014

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