New York Times best-selling author Michael Gruber, a member of the elite ranks of those who can both “chill the blood and challenge the mind” (Denver Post), delivers a taut, multilayered, riveting novel of suspense.
Somewhere in Pakistan, Sonia Laghari and eight fellow members of a symposium on peace are being held captive by armed terrorists. Laghari, a deeply religious woman as well as a Jungian psychologist, has become the de facto leader of the kidnapped group. While her son, Theo, an ex-Delta soldier, uses his military connections to find and free the victims, Sonia Laghari tries to keep them all alive by working her way into the kidnappers’ psyches and interpreting their dreams. With her knowledge of their language, her familiarity with their religion, and her Jungian training, she confounds her captors with her insights and beliefs. When the kidnappers decide to kill their captives one by one, in retaliation for perceived crimes against their country, Theo races against the clock to try and save their lives.
©2010 Michael Gruber (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Superb….the brilliant character development and labyrinthine plot line, not to mention the absorbing history of modern jihadism and the U.S. war on terrorism, make this a provocative thriller that readers won't soon forget.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Gruber leaves his own mark on the thriller scene.” (New York Times)
“Gruber weaves the threads together masterfully while successfully exploring themes of family, duty, loyalty, cultural identity and more, without ever slowing the momentum. Smart, tense and vastly entertaining.” (Kirkus Reviews)
Came across this book on a list of recommended summer reads, suggested it to my book club, and it was selected as this month's book. I finished the book only as penance for having recommended it to friends. The book has a ham-handed narrative that uses lame excuses for protracted narrative of one aspect of this convoluted story line or another. The extended telling of the protagonist's life story is only interrupted by occasional questions to his patience girl friend asking if she is bored yet. I wanted to shout that I was, indeed, very, very bored. My favorite moment in this endless life story is when the girl friends says she has to go pee...
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