The Good Son

The Good Son

by Michael Gruber
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The Good Son by Michael Gruber

New York Times bestselling author Michael Gruber, a member of "the elite ranks of those who can both chill the blood and challenge the mind" (The Denver Post), delivers a taut, multilayered, riveting novel of suspense

Somewhere in Pakistan, Sonia Laghari and eight fellow members of a symposium on peace are being held captive by armed terrorists. Sonia, a deeply religious woman as well as a Jungian psychologist, has become the de facto leader of the kidnapped group. While her son Theo, an ex-Delta soldier, uses his military connections to find and free the victims, Sonia tries to keep them all alive by working her way into the kidnappers' psyches and interpreting their dreams. With her knowledge of their language, her familiarity with their religion, and her Jungian training, Sonia confounds her captors with her insights and beliefs. Meanwhile, when the kidnappers decide to kill their captives, one by one, in retaliation for perceived crimes against their country, Theo races against the clock to try and save their lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410431189
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 10/15/2010
Edition description: Large Print Edition
Pages: 617
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Michael Gruber, author of New York Times bestseller The Book of Air and Shadows, The Forgery of Venus, Night of the Jaguar, Tropic of Night, and Valley of Bones, has a Ph.D. in marine sciences and began freelance writing while working in Washington, D.C. as a policy analyst and speech writer. Since 1990, he has been a full-time writer. He is married and lives in Seattle, Washington.

Hometown:

Seattle, Washington

Date of Birth:

October 1, 1940

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

B.A., Columbia University, 1961; Ph.D., University of Miami, 1973

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The Good Son 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
silverpencil More than 1 year ago
The book captrured me from page one. If Gruber's grasp of Muslim culture, particularly that found in Afghanistan is as solid as his observations about current American culture -- I learned a lot. While hardly a research or academic look at colliding cultures, it is very thought provoking. The book centers around unlikely characters: a bi-cultural, military-elite guy and an unbelievably gifted lady translator-linguist. I didn't care much about those two, because I was entranced with the third main character. She was a lady of many worlds: American poverty and abuse, Muslim privilege and wealth,'cowboy' adventure and travel; and topped by the intellectual capacity to synthesize the Catholic faith, Muslim culture and Jungian analysis. She was appealing through her faults and her strengths create an unbelievable heroine. I can't quite put my finger on why I feel so satisfied after reading this book. It is an entertaining and provocative novel. It is worth a second read just to absorb the beautiful poetry again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An awesome page-turner - an international spy vs. spy thriller with multi-layered insight into diverse cultures! Well-developed characters, with brutality and violence that definitely fit the plot, more realistic than sensational. Well-done, I want to read more from this author. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended to me by a friend who had read a Stephen King review of it. It does entertain and teach at the same time and the language is lyrical. You might need an up to date dictionary to catch why Gruber uses some of the words. There are spots that you can tell were edited and it can be a detriment to the story because it changes into a formulaic spy novel towards the last quarter. However, don't let that stop you.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
No book or author has aggravated me as much as the Good Son and Michael Gruber. After 50 pages, I stopped reading, sure that I could not get into this tale unfolding in Pakistan. Then I read more about the book, saw how many people really loved it, so I continued to read and finish the book. Several times I did not like what the author was doing, but further reflection in each case won me over. This novel is nothing short of amazing. And the author's bio tells us nothing about how he could have written it, where he got the information, or how his life experiences could have led him to this novel. I suspect his bio is as fake as the resume of the good son's mother in the book. No doubt Gruber was a CIA analyst assigned to Pakistan, Afghanistan, or any of the stans. He has learned the culture, the Koran, the little ways that make their lives unique in that part of the world. He knows how to bring this world to life on the printed page in ways that astound me. But he didn't learn this from octopuses or cooking, as his bio says. And he admits to being the ghostwriter for the author Robert K.Tanenbaum. It always annoyed me that Tanenbaum claimed credit as the author when he didn't write the books. I refused to read another one of them. So you can see my frustration here. I liked and admired this book and would gladly read it again. But I do feel a bit suckered, that something is not on the surface here and we are still being misled by a young all-knowing Pashtun boy or some evil CIA programmer!
Tigerpaw70 More than 1 year ago
My first experience reading Michael Gruber was without any doubt a enjoyable one.. The author has delivered a taunting, multilayered and riveting tale of suspense. "The Good Son' is the believable story of Sonia Bailey Laghari who while on a peace symposium in Pakistan was kidnapped along with eight other associates and held captive by armed terrorists. Sonia a highly religious and celebrated psychologist took lead of the group . With her background and her familiarity in the culture, she was able to work her way into the kidnappers' mind and interpret their dreams, at the same time trying to keep her own group in good spirits and alive throughout this tremendous ordeal. The hostages worst fear was the terrorising prospect of being killed one by one by their captors.... When Sonia's son Theo, a professional assassin by trade, hears of the kidnapping he sets out to rescue his mother on one of the most daring plots ever undertaken, a plot that could set a new precedent in U.S. and South Asian policies... At the same time, Cynthia Lam, an analyst for the national Security Agency in D.C. has her attention piqued while monitoring the airways. It appears their has been a theft of Pakistani nuclear material, this further heightens the state of alarm.... This novel is powered by the many twisted plots and action scenes throughout, and proves to be an ambitions work of fiction. The huge cast of characters have depth and portray a wide range of human behaviours: cowardice, cruelty, courage etc... The narration is brilliantly done it exploits the Westerner's perception of corruption in the politics of Central Asia ....Although some passages in the dialogue may seem to slow down the action , they simply serve to enlighten the reader on various religious beliefs and ideologies. This is a well-written and totally engrossing novel I enjoyed immensely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The novel stayed with me a long time. Very relevant to the world today.
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This is a great book.
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