Wednesday, June 5, 2013

{Review} Beirut: An Explosive Thriller by Alexander McNabb

File Size: 664 KB
Page Count: 278
Copyright: September 26, 2012

Book Summary:
(Taken from Goodreads)

Michel Freij is poised to become the next president of Lebanon. The billionaire businessman's calls for a new, strong regional role for the country take on a sinister note when European intelligence reveals Freij has bought two ageing Soviet nuclear warheads from a German arms dealer.

Maverick British intelligence officer Gerald Lynch has to find the warheads, believed to be on board super-yacht the Arabian Princess, before they can reach Lebanon. Joined by Nathalie Durand, the leader of a French online intelligence team, Lynch is pitched into a deadly clash with Freij and his violent militia as he pursues the Arabian Princess across the Mediterranean.

Beirut - An Explosive Thriller sweeps through Lebanon, Hamburg, Prague, Malta, Albania and the Greek Islands on its journey to a devastating climax.

Kathy's Review:

This is the second book in a series. I didn't read the first one, Olives, but I was able to get into the story rather easily. The author did refer back to some plot points from Olives but again, if you didn't read the first one, it shouldn't be a big deal.

What I admire most about this novel is the way it comes alive in the details and choices of words. You see the scene unfold before you with the author's expressive words. The action moves quickly, and you never know what is coming next. I got caught up in the storyline, particularly the kidnapping of Elie, the daughter of a dangerous man. However, this is all part of the larger plot surrounding Michel Freij, a Lebanese criminal masked by politics, and Gerald Lynch, a member of British intelligence, who is trying to uncover Freij's plot to smuggle nuclear warheads into Lebanon.

Toward the end, I got impatient for resolution. I could have done without the last 30-50 pages I think. But overall, this was a good, solid political intrigue type of story, with the door wide open for Lynch to come back in another installment.

*An ecopy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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