Officially, Ethan Galaal doesn't exist.
Very few people can do what he does, and do it well. Maybe a handful in the entire world.
As the DIA's most valuable undercover operative, his missions span multiple roles that blur the lines between case officer, private investigator, kidnapper, and assassin.
His specialty is that frothing cesspit of war and tyranny known as the Middle East. He has been sent to gather intel on the latest threat in the region: the Islamic State. Posing as a Saudi Arabian jihadist, he gains entry into the brutal regime, but it will take all his cunning and mental fortitude to survive. One mistake, one slip of the tongue, and he is as good as dead.
As he descends deeper into the morally reprehensible heart of the Islamic State, surrounded by enemies and unable to leave, Ethan wonders if the operation was a mistake.
When he meets the beautiful yet mysterious Alzena, the repressed neighbor of one of his targets, Ethan must decide if he will risk everything to get her out.
And he thought the mission was difficult before.
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Islamic State on the front lines
Probably not. It was OK, but a couple of times I had to press myself to keep going. Their are enough other books out there that really grab me, that I will probably skip the next by Hooke or Richardson.
The plot was fairly basic. I wouldn't describe it as edge-of-your-seat type drama. However, some action sequences do a good job of grabbing your interest. I did enjoy the interaction that "Ethan" had with the Islamic State throughout the book. I've never had first-hand interaction, but Hooke painted a very believable portrait of what the life and mentality would seem to be like.
Richardson has a fairly broad range with his voices and accents. Unfortunately, some of the main characters (one of them in particular) seem forced. Also, the voices don't seem to be 100% consistent. No doubt, in a book such as this, it is a tall order to do it very well. I just didn't feel that Richardson was quite able to pull it off and make it believable at all times.
The book is obviously intended to be the first in a series. For some that seek a closer of the current world between ISIL and the Kurds, it may be a series that is appreciated.
I received this book at no charge in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
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