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Preston Fleming was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He left home at age fourteen to accept a scholarship at a New England boarding school and went on to a liberal arts college in the Midwest. After earning an MBA, he managed a non-profit organization in New York before joining the U.S. Foreign Service and serving in U.S. Embassies around the Middle East for nearly a decade. Later he studied at an Ivy League law school and has pursued a career in law and business. Preston lives in Salt Lake City. He has written six novels.
on July 25, 2013 :
I found the setting of the book to be very informative as it takes place during the Lebanese Civil War. The descriptions of that time and place and events were so well done, I really want to do more research on those events. The characters were well-rounded, flawed, and realistic, except maybe for the bride, Muna, who did not seem as well developed as the other characters. The book was a little confusing at first as to what was going on, particularly the political intrigue, but I found out that this is the second book in the series, which explains the confusion. I really enjoyed this book, and I am looking forward to reading more by this author.
(reviewed 12 months after purchase)
on April 16, 2013 :
This was a book of spies and intrigue in the Middle East (Syria, Lebanon). It was a good story , but the bride (Muna) was a side character. I found myself wondering what her importance was to the plot. I expected her to be more involved in the story. Yes, her family wanted revenge for Conklin/Labash abandoning her, but that was also a subplot. Muna was unimportant to the story and I did find her to be an unrealistic character. (Husband disappeared for 5 years, showed up on doorstep and was welcomed back, then she appeared at airport to help him disappear again.) Her character could have been developed more as well as those of few of the others in the book and it would have been a great spy thriller.I received this book as an Early Reviewer and did find it interesting.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
on Jan. 04, 2013 :
This was a thoroughly riveting tale of plot and counter plot, overlaid with a complex web of personal relationships that added to the action. Set in the 70's - 80's in Lebanon amid the complex interactions of the various feuding groups in the Middle East, this story served in a small way to help make some sense of the current conflicts.
Lebanon and the wider Middle East are volatile places at the best of times... throw in a CIA agent with personal relationships complicating the mix and you get a face paced thriller worthy of reading.
In my reading of this e-book I found there were a couple of slips in editing that need to be addressed as there were typos as well as confused character's names. This is a great story that can only be enhanced by dealing with these minor issues.
I received this e-book as a Members Giveaway from the author Preston Fleming.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Dec. 27, 2012 :
Wow, what an enthralling plot! I couldn't put it away. It kept me breathless and I was urged to go on until the very last page. Right from the start I was dipped into the explosive world of the Middle East around the time of the 80s. Beirut wasn't anymore the Paris from the East. The war has divided the city into west and east with a lot of checkpoints, military forces and several intelligence services which play each other off against each other. In the middle of this setting a CIA agent is not only trying to do the best for his intelligence service but also to solve his former love live and saving his currently one.
I can strongly recommend this story.
(4 1/2 stars)
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
on Sep. 21, 2012 :
A novel that takes you along and involves you in the plot which includes agents of the CIA, and set in Beirut during the war. You travel through the life of Walter, during that time, and experience the feelings, decisions and life of this character.
Definitely worth a read.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
Joyce M Gornie
on Sep. 18, 2012 :
A very interesting book about two CIA agents, Conrad Prosser and Walter Lukash stationed in Beirut in the late '70's to early '80's. It is a story of war, deceit, friendship, loss and love. Mr. Fleming has written a very descriptive
account of what it is like in Beirut during war time.
The story is mostly about Walter Lukash and his assignment. He was re-assigned to Beirut after leaving there 5 years before. When he was there the first time he was operating under an alias. This time he is using his real name and hoping that no one will recognize him. His assignment is to recruit spies for our government.
This book keeps your interest and I recommend it
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)