Holy War

Holy War

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by Mike Bond
     
 

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The Battle of Beirut is worse than Hell, a maelstrom of implacable hatreds and frantic love affairs, of explosions, sniper battles and deadly ambushes. Neill, a journalist on a secret mission for Britain's MI6 intelligence agency, is trying to find Mohammed, a Hezbollah terrorist who could stop the slaughter.

André, a French commando, is also hunting

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The Battle of Beirut is worse than Hell, a maelstrom of implacable hatreds and frantic love affairs, of explosions, sniper battles and deadly ambushes. Neill, a journalist on a secret mission for Britain's MI6 intelligence agency, is trying to find Mohammed, a Hezbollah terrorist who could stop the slaughter.

André, a French commando, is also hunting Mohammed, to kill him for the death of his brother, blown up with over 400 US Marines and French paratroopers by Hezbollah. For Rosa, a remorseless and passionate Palestinian guerrilla, Mohammed is one of few hopes for her people, and she will die to protect him.

And for lovely Anne-Marie, André is the only one who can save her from Hell. Based on the author's own experiences in Lebanon, Syria and the Middle East, Holy War has been praised for its portrayal of civil war, and for its evocation of men and women caught in a deadly crossfire.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2014-10-01
In Bond's (House of Jaguar, 2013, etc.) latest thriller, two men—one seeking information, the other vengeance—enter war-torn Beirut to find a Muslim who may be behind the bombing of a Marine compound.Journalist Neill Dickson, an American who's made his life in England, heads to Beirut to interview Mohammed, a Hezbollah terrorist. Neill is writing a report for an organization, which he presumes is MI6, that believes Mohammed may have hatched an explosive attack on Marines and French paratroopers. This assault also brought French commando André to Beirut; one of the men killed in the blast was his younger brother, Yves. Just getting into Lebanon is a challenge for both men since the country is besieged by civil war and different religious and political groups are engaged in perpetual combat. Finding Mohammed, who has eluded various factions for years, seems nearly impossible. The suspense-laden novel has a never-ending sense of impending doom, as ambushes happen at a moment's notice, the skies rain shells, and mines are a constant threat. Even an injured Mohammed resting in a Christian hospital is in potential danger. The dual protagonists are laudable, not just for the missions they've undertaken, but for their emotional investments as well. But the book's most remarkable character is Rosa, a Palestinian guerilla fiercely loyal to Palestine—and by extension Mohammed, who she believes will help drive Israelis out of Lebanon. Rosa is an endlessly fascinating instrument of violence: Her faux pregnant belly hides a cache of grenades (she's delivering but not afraid to use them); she wears a nun's habit to bypass soldiers before and after blowing up part of a building; and her nude body can be a distraction or seduction. She represents the story's cogent theme of peace achieved through hostile means—summed up best when a nameless man, sifting through a structure's rubble, tells Neill, "Ten years of war, fifty of peace."An unyielding tension leaves a lasting impression, though Rosa could easily carry her own series.
- Evening News - A Review from
"Mike Bond does it again – A gripping tale of passion, hostage-taking and war, set against a war-ravaged Beirut."
- Peterborough Evening Telegraph - Another Review from
"A supercharged thriller set in the hell hole that was Beirut...Evokes the human tragedy behind headlines of killing, maiming, terrorism and political chicanery. A story to chill and haunt you."
- British Armed Forces Broadcasting - This Review from
"A profound tale of war, written with grace and understanding by a novelist who thoroughly knows the subject...Literally impossible to stop reading ..."
- London Broadcasting - Here's A Review From
"A marvelous book – impossible to put down. A sense of being where few people have survived. The type of book that people really want to read, by a very successful and prolific writer."
- Evening Herald - Another Reviewer
"Short sharp sentences that grip from the start ... A tale of fear, hatred, revenge, and desire, flicking between bloody Beirut and the lesser battles of London and Paris."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781627040143
Publisher:
Mandevilla Press
Publication date:
03/28/2014
Pages:
434
Sales rank:
374,240
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

"The master of the existential thriller" (BBC)

Best-selling novelist, war and human rights correspondent, environmental activist, award-winning poet and international energy expert, Mike Bond has lived and worked in many dangerous, remote and war-torn regions of the world.

His critically acclaimed novels depict the innate hunger of the human heart for good, the intense joys of love, the terror and fury of battle, the sinister vagaries of politics and multinational corporations, and the magical beauty of the vanishing natural world.

Bond has published hundreds of articles on human rights, the environment, international finance, the energy industry, and women's rights, and appears frequently on TV and radio to discuss these subjects.

www.MikeBondBooks.com

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