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Valley of the Assassins by Ian MacAlister
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Valley of the Assassins

by Ian MacAlister

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Marvin Albert wrote his four Ian McAlister books in about a four year period. They are all cut from a common mold, following a similar plot line featuring a disparate band of characters, including some bad guys, who have to work together temporarily to reach their goal - in this case the middle of Saudi Arabia's "Empty Quarter". In each case, the setting is exotic--Africa (Morocco, Somalia), Southeast Asia or what is now known as Southwest Asia - in this case, Iraq and Iran, leading to the final trek through Oman and Saudi Arabia. I can't vouch for the authenticity of Albert's descriptions of the deserts of Arabia or the backstreets of Basra and Tehran, but it all feels authentic, which is what counts. Perhaps it is the similarity of these books that made Albert give us a very successful series (at least it has the feel of a series due to the plot and settings) after such a short run. By any assessment, he quit when he was ahead. ( )
  datrappert | Jun 14, 2010 |
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