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Bride of a Bygone War by Preston Fleming

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
Tags:2012, Preston Fleming, Kindle, Member Giveaway

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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 |
Preston Flemming has given us another great spy thriller in Bride Of A Bygone War. The story, setting, and characters are all very well developed. The author has a great command of the subject matter and location of this period in history. I highly recommend this well told story to all spy thriller fans. I will be looking for further books written by Preston Flemming. ( )
  jimphillips8 | Sep 12, 2014 |
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 |
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