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THE SATAN MACHINE is a very surprising book. A lot of that is due to the fact that David Chacko takes an event we think we know everything about and shows us we hardly know it at all. When the event is one of the most famous of the last fifty years—the attack on Pope John Paul II--that's a real and amazing accomplishment. That would be hard to accept from a writer who doesn't have everything in hand, but Chacko does it with skill. He goes down on the ground in the place where it all started—Istanbul in the late Seventies—where he tells the story of Mehmet Ali Agca's first assassination of a public figure. The people and the places are all well drawn, and the killing is a deliberate but harrowing account of the death of an important man in Turkey who tried to hold the middle against chaos. By the time the first part of the book ends, we know what will happen in the last. We also know it's the truth as it emerges from the murderous politics that we never knew about at all. So forget what you heard about this tragic story. THE SATAN MACHINE is a lot more real and a lot more gripping.
STRONG MEDICINE If you like reality in strong doses and a layer of detective work, too, then you should like The Satan Machine. It starts out like a high end mystery featuring the head of the Catholic church and ends in a botched assassination attempt that probably would have been successful if not for the intervention of an even greater force. The Satan Machine is good entertainment, good thinking and very good writing. Highly recommended.