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There are spoilers in this review. The narration is delivered in a sing-song, start-stop, emotionally-infused drone. The story's stereotypical characters - dead saintly wife, wounded persevering PI, evil US military sociopaths, handsome proud jihadi, plucky determined doctor - are bound together by many, many minutely & lovingly described scenes of horrific torture and despair. The penultimate scenes are of CHILD torture and death. Mr. Parker is an excellent writer and these scenes are well written ... grotesqueries. Yes, we get it: war is terrible and repulsive things are done to combatants and non-combatants. I wish I'd given greater consideration to book reviews that described the storyline and avoided this audible reading. But I discounted them: it's a new Parker and I've read or listened to all of Mr. Parker's books and enjoyed them. I am profoundly disappointed with this one. It's left an awful residue in my mind. I won't jump at the next Parker novel, and if this is in fact the beginning of a new series, I'll abstain.
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The core of this story is absolutely accurate. I'm surprised to see my experiences in print.