A man who no longer exists.
At a remote military base on an island in the Indian Ocean, the FBI is trying to get a prisoner to confess. But the detainee, a suspect in an Islamist-inspired terrorist attack in the United States, refuses to talk.
Ernst Grip, a Swedish security officer, has no idea why he’s been dispatched to New York City. The FBI agent he meets on arrival, Shauna Friedman, seems to know a little too much about him. And when he arrives at his real destination, the American authorities have just one question: Is their suspect a Swedish citizen?
In the process of uncovering the prisoner’s true identity, Grip discovers the man’s ties to a group of other suspects—a ruthless American arms dealer, a Czech hit man, a mysterious nurse from Kansas, and a heartbreakingly naïve Pakistani. The closer Grip gets to the truth, the more complicated the deception becomes. Who is real and who is leading a double life?
About the Author
Robert Karjel was a lieutenant colonel in the Swedish Air Force for 25 years. His job as a helicopter pilot took him all over the world, from peace-keeping missions in Afghanistan to pirate-hunting in Somalia, and he is the only Swedish pilot who has trained with the U.S. Marine Corps and flown its attack helicopters. He is the author of The Swede, his first novel to be published in English, and one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in Sweden. He lives with his family outside of Stockholm.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The novel jumps around from one time and place to another, e.g., the first chapter takes place in New York on May 17, 2008, p.o.v. being that of The Swede (identified only as such), in a Brooklyn hospital. Chapter 4 takes place on Boxing Day, 2004, and in Thailand. Chapter 7 takes place in April of 2008, with Shauna and Grip flying out of NYC; the following chapter in Thailand in January of 2005; the next in Thailand in April 2008; then it’s back to 2005. We soon find ourselves on the remote Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia, described as “the island of hypocrisy and secrets.” If this sounds dizzying to read in this review, to this reader it was only more so in the book itself. The writing is very good, and the plot fascinating, albeit often hard to follow. But perhaps that’s just me. This novel has been highly praised in many venues, and I really wanted to like it. But that aspiration was frustrated by finding it so difficult to figure out where I was, and when, as well as frequently being unable to distinguish among the characters.
Super smart book. Written by a guy in the Swedish Air Force. Interesting insights into sex and politics, as I expected from a Swede.Took me a little while to get into it - but the different strands eventually came together. Scenes and characters stayed in my head for a long time - for me that's the sign of a really good book.
Got the book because of the reference to Nesbo's writings. Nesbo is much better. Could not get into the book.
Lost interest as well as being discusted. Was more a story about two homosexuals and trying to get money for aids treatment. If I could get my money back I would. Will not be reading this author again, he can peddle his homosexual dribble to those who are interested, . G. Hallback Ga