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Bride of a Bygone War (edition 2011)

by Preston Fleming

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Title:Bride of a Bygone War
Authors:Preston Fleming
Info:PF Publishing (2011), Kindle Edition, 248 Seiten
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Rating:****1/2
Tags:2012, Preston Fleming, Kindle, Member Giveaway

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Bride of a Bygone War by Preston Fleming

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Bride of a Bygone War is the second book in Preston Fleming’s Beirut trilogy. The first book, Dynamite Fisherman, precedes this one and builds on the character of Conrad Prosser as well as the political state of Lebanon during this period. This book is about Walter Lukash, a spy who did a tour of duty here several years ago and is now asked to infiltrate the Lebanese Christian Phalange to assist them and report their activities back to Washington in order to facilitate the peace process between them and Syrian opposition forces. Although Bride of a Bygone War is a stand-alone novel, readers interested in the events of Beirut’s civil war of the 1980s should consider reading the books in sequence.

This is not an “airport novel.” Though the story is fiction, there is a lot of history and fact and it really isn’t light reading. I’d compare Fleming’s style to Martin Cruz Smith, Eliot Pattison or Graham Greene. The story is complex, intelligently written and takes the reader’s imagination to the ruins of what was once the Paris of the Middle East. It isn’t light reading, but it is good reading.

It’s clear that much of what Fleming writes about comes from his own experiences. The writing is impeccable – no flowery, clumsy sentences or unnecessary “filler.” Mystery, romance, espionage, suspense and action are all present, taking the reader on an intense ride through the violent streets of Beirut and the hills beyond. My only complaint is that it starts out a bit slowly, but it gradually builds momentum and by the time you’re a third of the way through it, you won’t want to put it down.

Fleming is a talented author who writes a good yarn and he makes you think. It won’t be long before he is discovered by a major publisher. I’m looking forward to reading the final book in the Beirut trilogy. ( )
  tumbleweeds | Dec 3, 2014 |
You have to be interested in the political and civil battles of the Middle East in the 1970's to enjoy this book in which case this book is intriguing and involving. The setting and characters are believable and an elusive thread of forbidden romance runs through the story. A good read. ( )
  JaiW | Nov 22, 2014 |
I received an advance review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. After reading Dynamite Fisherman I was very happy to receive this book. This is the second book by Preston Fleming about the war in Lebanon and it follows many of the same characters from Dynamite Fisherman. The main character has been sent back to Lebanon but this time he isn’t using an alias. Leading a secret life is dangerous and seems to make establishing and maintaining relationships in the personal lives of these agents very difficult. The author seems very knowledgeable of the culture of the people of Lebanon and the religious and political dynamics of the area. I found this book to be an intriguing spy thriller about American agents with very real and human character traits trying to figure out what is going on from information furnished by the locals. A very interesting and exciting book. I will be reading more books by Preston Fleming. ( )
  iadam | Nov 21, 2014 |
An engaging spy- thriller in Beirut, Lebanon during the Lebanese Civil War in the 70’s and 80’s. Anyone who has visited or lived in Beirut will recognize many of the street names and outlying environs and the interplay of cultural niceties and animosities. Walter Lukash, an experienced CIA agent, returns to Beirut for an undercover assignment that will put him in the middle of the warring factions and also lead to his entanglement in his own web of intrigue, infidelity, whore-mongering, and agency deceit. The Agency is not your mother. You are its tool. The pace is fast and the conclusion is a surprise. A good read… ( )
  mcdenis | Nov 12, 2014 |
Not quite my genre but a pretty good read. well defined characters and good story line. reccomended for any one looking for a new type of novel that will get your attention quite different to say the least. ( )
  lcsdr60 | Nov 4, 2014 |
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