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.
This is the tale of a boy whose family immigrated to Astoria from Jordan, after being displaced from Palestine. The author spoke of many incidents from his youth and told of a difficult family relationship. There were many antics described which left me wondering why they were not punished. For example, he wrote of driving a car on the beach in Daytona, smoking marijuana and being surrounded by police who ended up arresting the fellow who was driving-seems he was a drug dealer, but the police let Mr. Kiam go after he said he was not a friend of the pusher. The police never searched the car and the joint was on the floor by his feet. Really?
The writing style was a bit sophomoric and could have used a but more depth of emotion. Over all, a fair first effort. I received this book as an Early Reviewer. I have not been compensated in any way (other than being given a copy of this book) and my opinion on the book is entirely my own. ( )