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The Geneva Option: A Yael Azoulay Novel
     

The Geneva Option: A Yael Azoulay Novel

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by Adam LeBor
 

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A gripping thriller of international espionage, The Geneva Option by Adam LeBor pits a sexy, young UN staffer against a brutal conspiracy to control Africa’s natural resources.
 
Yael Azoulay does the United Nations’ dirty work. Sent by the UN’s Secretary General to eastern Congo to negotiate with Jean-Pierre Hakizimani, a Hutu

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A gripping thriller of international espionage, The Geneva Option by Adam LeBor pits a sexy, young UN staffer against a brutal conspiracy to control Africa’s natural resources.
 
Yael Azoulay does the United Nations’ dirty work. Sent by the UN’s Secretary General to eastern Congo to negotiate with Jean-Pierre Hakizimani, a Hutu warlord wanted for genocide, she offers a deal: surrender to the UN tribunal, in exchange for a short sentence and a return to politics.
 
The plan is to bring stability to the region so the West can exploit the region’s mineral wealth. But Yael soon realizes that the UN is prepared to turn a blind eye to mass murder.
 
Yael finds herself on the run, hunted by the world’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies—and haunted by her past—ultimately learning that salvation means not just saving other’s lives but confronting her own inner demons.

Written by Adam LeBor, a high-profile foreign correspondent and critically acclaimed investigative journalist, The Geneva Option takes readers on a nonstop journey through the secret corridors of international power.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
British journalist Lebor (Hitler’s Secret Bankers) introduces brilliant and beautiful Yael Azoulay, a behind-the-scenes negotiator for the United Nations, in his gripping debut thriller, the first in a trilogy. In Goma, Congo, Yael tries to persuade the president of the Rwandan Liberation Front, Jean-Pierre Hakizimani, to make peace with the Rwandan government and surrender to a U.N. tribunal. On returning to New York, Yael is dismayed to discover she’s lost her job; she’s even more dismayed by the suspicious death of her trusted friend Olivia de Souza, an assistant to U.N. Secretary-General Fareed Hussein. And just who leaked Yael’s confidential encoded memo to Hussein to a New York Times reporter? As Yael goes rogue to ferret out answers to these puzzles, she peels away layers of intrigue. The action can be overblown at times, but those looking for a strong heroine in the mold of Lisbeth Salander will be satisfied. Agent: Elizabeth Sheinkman, William Morris. (June)
Booklist(starred review)
“This thriller’s prologue is a small masterpiece in showing how the seemingly banal–a worker taking a cigarette break on a balcony–can be upended into terror. The rest of the book fulfills the prologue’s promise…. [with] scene after scene of heart-clutching suspense…Must reading.”
Examiner
“Adam LeBor masterfully weaves an international espionage thriller… Five Stars out of Five.”
Mark Malloch-Brown
“A seditiously good read.”
Charles Cumming
“A gripping and atmospheric thriller from a great writer. Yael Azoulay is a character I’m looking forward to reading about again and again.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062208569
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/28/2013
Series:
Yael Azoulay Series , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
337,961
File size:
674 KB

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Charles Cumming

“A gripping and atmospheric thriller from a great writer. Yael Azoulay is a character I’m looking forward to reading about again and again.”

Meet the Author

Adam LeBor writes for The Economist, the New York Times, The Times (London), Monocle, Newsweek, and numerous other publications. He is the author of The Geneva Option and The Washington Stratagem, also featuring Yael Azoulay, and The Budapest Protocol. In addition he has written a number of nonfiction books, including Tower of Basel, the first investigative history of the Bank for International Settlements; Hitler’s Secret Bankers, short-listed for the Orwell Prize; City of Oranges, short-listed for the Jewish Quarterly Prize; and Complicity with Evil. He lives in Budapest, Hungary.

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The Geneva Option: A Yael Azoulay Novel 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All else pales
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by Adam LeBor and found it pretty good. The story kept me intrigued and would recommend.
Man_Of_La_Book_Dot_Com More than 1 year ago
The Geneva Option by Adam LeBor is a novel which intro­duces the reader to Yael Azoulay, a high-level UN staffer. The book is mar­keted as being the first in a tril­ogy by Mr. LeBor who is, by trade, an author and journalist. Yael Azoulay is a high-level staffer in the UN who does the dirty work for the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral. Yael gets involved try­ing to bring sta­bil­ity to the Congo and offers a Hutu war­lord a deal. What Yael doesn’t real­ize is that she is a small part of a large plan for West­ern pow­ers and com­pa­nies to exploit the region. Soon Yael finds her­self on the run from mer­ce­nar­ies, law enforce­ment and intel­li­gence agencies. The Geneva Option by Adam LeBor is a grip­ping thriller which intro­duces the world to a strong hero­ine. The world cre­ated by the author is raw and bru­tal, a world most of us would like to think does not exist. Yael Azoulay, the pro­tag­o­nist, is truly an inter­na­tional woman with no roots and no place she can call home. This is a fast paced book is enter­tain­ing on the sur­face but has a lot going for it in between the lines. The lose-lose deals Yael has to strike leave the reader feel­ing almost dirty but with the clear under­stand­ing that they must be made in order to restore some sem­blance of bal­ance to a spe­cific region. The action is some­what overblown, I loved the polit­i­cal, behind the scenes (or rather under-the-rug) aspects of the book and I wish Mr. LeBor would have stuck with that con­cept, but I under­stand the need, espe­cially to move the story along. The Geneva Option is a novel which has a lot to like, great char­ac­ters, easy to read, and fluid nar­ra­tive. The novel does not under­es­ti­mate the read­ers, let’s them fig­ure things out for them­selves and allows them to make their own judgments.