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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
Collections:Kindle, Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:2012, Preston Fleming, Kindle, Member Giveaway

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Beirut is not the typical location for a mystery, but it captures all the turbulence of the Middle East and the divided factions that compose the tension that fills the lives of all who live there. Walter Lukash is an American agent, required to fill in a short assignment before his return to Washington. His superiors don’t tell him but he is expected to stay for two years.

Walter has a history with the city. He left a wife and fled the country, leaving only the false identity he had used. The chance of being recognized could be as dangerous as much as the checkpoints manned by Christians or Muslims or other soldiers that were as often like criminals. A diplomatic passport was not enough to make it safe.

The assignment seemed simple enough. Set up in East Beirut and become the Liaison Officer to the Phalange. Be the source of information to the Phalange and extract information from them to assist the US government in their role in the peace process. It is an assignment that will put Walter in opposition to Syrian forces that would be equally interested in the information Walter collected. And if Walter was able to recruit a few people to assist in gathering information, his superiors would be well pleased.

Walter’s personal life is equally dynamic. If he is recognized as William Conklin, the alias he had used on his previous posting to Beirut, would his wife, Muna, or her family find out he was back in town? To further complicate things, Lorraine, his girlfriend of several years follows him to Beirut. Will he end up with either? Both are people that are unsuitable if he wishes to continue his career in the American foreign service. Walter’s superior wish him to break off with Lorraine the same as they did with his marriage to Muna. Her family would only like retribution for the way Walter treated her.

When Walter helps his new friends in the Phalange take delivery of American aid and pass it to a rebel group, it becomes a mystery of what is the purpose? Is it just a plot to draw out the rebels and prove that the Americans are helping rebel groups? Who will it gain? And who will lose? There are so many factions looking to score, and so many people trying to improve their positions.

Will Walter Lukash get out alive? You have to read the novel. It takes the reader on a visit to a place many will never see, in situations that most will never be involved it. It is a finely written story with more twists and turns than a modern roller coaster. It combines mystery, travel, romance and political intrigue in a novel that is difficult to put down. Preston Fleming is a master writer who has made this story become real. ( )
  Don.Young | Feb 20, 2014 |
This thriller set in Lebanon during the conflict between Muslim Lebanese and Christian Lebanese is a well-written thriller with a bit of a love story thrown in. Excellent for those interested in spy thrillers. ( )
  arelenriel | Jan 28, 2014 |
Interesting story and plot. This is the story Walter Lukash, working for the CIA during the tumultuous 70’s and 80’s in Beirut, Lebanon. I have always been interested in this country and era because, at the time, I worked with someone from there, and we had many interesting discussions in our free time. Walter juggles his professional and personal life amidst the worst possible situations and actions. This is the story of a mid-level operative, not some swash buckling hero racing from one danger to another. However, it is a good, sold story, with good character and situation/setting development. There definitely are not nearly enough books about the ordinary heroes, who work to help our national security efforts and, in their own way, contribute keeping America safe for everyone. Thus, I welcomed this book. I found it more interesting than some of the fast-paced but often routine spy stories around. It definitely fits the pace of a slower read, though there is still a lot of excitement and adventure within. I received this from the author to read and review. ( )
  KMT01 | Jul 30, 2013 |
I found the setting of the book to be very informative as it takes place during the Lebanese Civil War. The descriptions of that time and place and events were so well done, I really want to do more research on those events. The characters were well-rounded, flawed, and realistic, except maybe for the bride, Muna, who did not seem as well developed as the other characters. The book was a little confusing at first as to what was going on, particularly the political intrigue, but I found out that this is the second book in the series, which explains the confusion. I really enjoyed this book, and I am looking forward to reading more by this author. ( )
  calicocat901 | Jul 25, 2013 |
Preston Fleming’s second book on the Lebanese Civil War is as interesting and intriguing as the first. In writing about American agents involved in the day to day handling and searching for information to keep their government up to speed on what is going on in a dangerous part of the world Fleming is able to make the agents interesting and real. There is no James Bond thrills or action, just ordinary Americans facing an almost impossible task of figuring out what is going on and using information from locals who hopefully will not lead them in the wrong direction or into a dangerous situation. I believe it gives a very good look at what the day to day work that the agents do and the problems that they face.

A very interesting and exciting read. Hopefully there will be more to follow. ( )
  qstewart | May 16, 2013 |
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