Thursday, September 29, 2011

Lion of Babylon

Product Description:

Marc Royce works for the State Department on special assignments, most of them rather routine, until two CIA operatives go missing in Iraq--kidnapped by Taliban forces bent on generating chaos in the region. Two others also drop out of sight--a high-placed Iraqi civilian and an American woman providing humanitarian aid. Are the disappearances linked? Rumors circulate in a whirl of misinformation.

Marc must unravel the truth in a covert operation requiring utmost secrecy--from both the Americans and the insurgents. But even more secret than the undercover operation is the underground dialogue taking place between sworn enemies. Will the ultimate Reconciler between ancient enemies, current foes, and fanatical religious factions be heard?

My Review:

This fast-paced novel is full of suspense from the very beginning. It moves along quickly with an intensity that draws the reader along without being overwhelming.
The main character, Mark Royce, is believable and likable.
What really makes this book, though, is the authors deep understanding of the complexities of life in the Middle East, and in particular, Iraq. He gives the reader a  much better understanding of what day-to-day life is really like there, and why they believe the way they do.
The only thing I didn't like was the very ecumenical representation of Christianity.
Overall, it was a very good book.

*I must mention that I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers.

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