by Diana R. Chambers
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Stinger 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
mpf101 More than 1 year ago
Stinger easily passes the first test for a thriller: it grips you from the beginning and doesn't let go until the end. A dizzying array of interests groups - Russians, Chinese, Americans, Pakistanis, and Afghans - ruthlessly pursue their own agendas when a shipment of Stinger missiles goes missing near the Khyber Pass, just when the Russian invasion has encountered serious opposition. Profiteering and national honor collide. Alliances form and dissolve and shape-shift. Allies shake hands one moment and betray the next. The only certainty is the need to keep a close eye on each of your companions. I couldn't put the book down. But what really sets Ms Chambers' book apart is her attention to the details of location. Western Pakistan and Afghanistan are challenging environments for Westerners to understand, but the author does a remarkable job of placing the reader right there, in the sensory confusion of sights, sounds, smells, languages, and cultures. Reading this book was like a flashback to the chaos, excitement, and terror of when I visited Peshawar 20 years ago.
spyguysandgals More than 1 year ago
I found the first book of the Nick Daley series to be a captivating and thrilling excursion and it takes you to its conclusion via two separate routes. Taking place in the mid 80's when the Soviet Union was fighting in Afghanistan, that plot revolves around the pursuit of a notorious mujahadeen leader. Daley wants to find him to provide weapons on behalf of the CIA. A beautiful American female reporter who was once that leader's lover and friend at Berkeley seeks an interview with him. The book follows both parties as their paths meet, diverge, and meet again. One thing that keeps you glued to the pages is that both threads are extremely interesting. Daley must play politics with the Pakistanis and his own bosses while playing cloak and dagger with everyone else. The reporter must deal with the fact that she is an independently minded woman in a land that does not appreciate such a thing and usually refuses to acknowledge it. When you throw in a KGB agent ordered to eliminate the warrior and all who support him, you have that great ride I mentioned. When I put the book down at the end, I had to say "Wow". Then I went in search of the next book. Well done, Ms. Chambers. You have a fan in me and a promise to buy all the Nick Daley's you decide to write.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading author Diana R. Chambers' first spy thriller, The Company She Keeps, I could hardly wait for the next installment. The next 'installment' turns out to be a prequel, which revolves around CIA operative Nick, a female journalist and a mysterious Afghan guerrilla leader. This plot eases you in with a twisting, turning sequence of possibilities. I say possibilities because if you are trying to figure out the end of this story or even the end of the chapter, you'll undoubtedly veer in the wrong direction. There are surprises with the turn of every page. Surprises that begin with the sudden disappearance of a shipment of American-made Stingers. The term Stinger refers to anti-aircraft, shoulder-fired missiles. And everybody wants them--the Soviet invaders, Afghan mujahideen, Pakistani power brokers and Chinese weapons dealers. Along with the spy-versus-spy story, you learn much about a secret chapter of U.S. history in 1986 West Asia, the political wranglings of the era, Afghan life and the Islamic religion. You will feel the danger in this place that seemed like 'the wild west with turbans instead of cowboy hats....' You will smell the rice and smoke fires and hear the sarod. As you can imagine, a love triangle develops between the three main characters. And, you will be shocked to discover who gets the gal in the final chapter. This novel is more than an absorbing tale about drugs, arms, and politics. Stinger is a mix of history, culture, adventure and romance, its characters locked in multiple roles, intertwining. The mystery is who is manipulating whom, and who will get away with it. A fascinating read.