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Posted April 25, 2013
Preston Fleming gives his readers a view of what life was like during the Lebanese Civil War. I question whether it can be called a civil war with the Syrians, Palestinians, Israelis, and maybe others firing shots as a large portion of Beirut’s population simply hunker down and try to go on with life the best they can. I found the book to be interesting in the way the story it told as a CIA agent travels throughout the city contacting agents and trying to track down what faction is causing the violence and who and what may be the next target of the violence. Of course in writing his reports to the higher ups he must be careful and not accuse one group or the other without hard evidence and sometimes that may only come after the act. Did any one group have a specific goal in mind or were they like the dynamite fisherman and taking any fish that come to the surface.
A well written book and it should grab any reader’s attention. A good look at what goes on in an agents life as he works the assets in the field trying to figure out where the next strike will come from and from what group.
Posted February 24, 2013
That was my second Fleming and it was as gorgeous as the first one (Bride of a Bygone War). It takes place in Beirut in the 80s. It's a fabulous espionage thriller, fast-paced and kept me gripped until the very last page. I was already familiar with some of the main protagonists and therefore it was very interesting what they were doing in the earlier time. Also this time I was impressed about the hard and difficult life in Beirut during the civil war. Unfortunately the ongoing war in this region now will be nearly the same for the residents than 30 years ago.
I can strongly recommend both stories.
(4 1/2 stars)