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Dale Amidei lives and writes on the wind- and snow-swept Northern Plains of South Dakota. Novels about people and the perspectives that guide their decisions are the result. It features faith-based themes set in the real world, which is occasionally profane or violent. His characters are realistically portrayed as caught between heaven and earth, not always what they should be, nor what they used to be. In this way they are like all of us. As Dale says:
"A novel begins with having something to say. Everything that comes next, developing the characters, the plot, the first draft, the editing, the polishing, all follow this. First have something to say, and then start writing."
on July 04, 2015 :
Another great installment in the Daniel Sean Ritter military thriller series. Operation Naji is a prequel of sorts, set before the timeline of Anvil of the Craftsman, which explains the storyline hinted to in the previous books about how Ritter came to know Farrah and her son.
What is unusual about this book as an Iraq War novel is there is a secondary protagonist who alternates chapters with Ritter, Muhammad Abdullah al-Qu'am, Farrah's husband. It's rare to find a book that puts you into the frame-of-mind of an Iraqi Muslim without turning them into a stereotype. I liked the chapters written from Muhammad's point of view as much as I enjoyed Ritter's chapters, which says a lot because I'm an unabashed Ritter fan and would be quite happy to read endless books featuring the super-spooky special forces guy. I empathized with Muhammad, who sees what the corruption has done to his country and wants to do the right thing.
The first 12 pages started out a bit slow with some Ritter 'origins' story, but after that, it was nonstop action. There was also some beautiful prose which captured my fancy. Such as:
"Things change slowly in the desert, when they change at all. Her rocks and sands are the same from age to age. Men are the ones who slowly turn to dust and blow away..."
"Ain't it funny what a little victory can do to a psychotic prick's ego? The move on Kuwait started that way..."
"Mick! You're not being paid to bring Iraqi ammo home! Salt those frackers down!"
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)