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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  193 ratings  ·  18 reviews
It is Syria in 1970, three years after the Six Days War. Michael Howell was utterly apolitical and genetically programmed for survival, a Levantine of mixed origin who possessed profitable business enterprises throughout the Middle East and an Italian mistress as his office manager. Life was sweet for Michael Howell until, one night in Damascus, he discovered that his fact
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Mass Market Paperback, 283 pages
Published 1982 by Bruna (first published 1972)
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Procyon Lotor
Antivirale Eccellente avventura meno cerebrale di LeCarr�, meno pirotecnica di Fleming ma col grandissimo mestiere misurato e temperato di Ambler. Parte a fatica, scegliendo la forma inusuale del doppio memoriale di un giornalista esperto in questioni mediorientali - il guazzabuglio etno-politico-socio-militare che viene evocato con realismo encomiabile fa capire definitivamente perch� c'� bisogno d'esperti, e di un armatore anglo-sirio-armen-cipriota, mescolanza non inusuale nelle famiglie d'af ...more
itpdx
A wonderful suspense thriller from the past. Because it is set in the Middle East, it doesn't seem as dated as its 1972 publication date would indicate. A middle-eastern businessman, Michael Howell discovers a militant Palestinian organization making detonators in his battery factory in Syria. He finds that the corrupt head of Syrian security will do nothing. How Howell threads the dangerous waters of this predicament is interesting and suspenseful.
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David E.
This was, what, my twelfth Amber mystery? After all these years, he's one of the first, and still one of the best. This is I believe his last novel, and it takes place not in the Balkans as so many others, but Syria. Reading it 40 +years after it was written, it's chilling to realize how little has changed, while so much has changed. A Palestinian terrorist group wants to wreak havoc in Israel, and a businessman -- Ambler's usual hero -- gets caught in the middle. He has no real understanding of ...more
Bo Stenberg
The reason for the single star for this brilliant story? The pictured edition by something called "House of Status" is riddled with typos to the extent you are brought up short and have to stop reading an otherwise unstoppable read. Do yourself a big favor and acquire another publisher's edition.
Tom
The least interesting and worst performed Eric Ambler book I've listened to yet. The protagonist is a boor, the terrorist is insipid, and the story line is boring.
Anne
This is classic spy fiction, set in Syria of 1970. I think perhaps technical people would enjoy more the details of the factories which Michael Howell was forced to run, in service to the state. The interesting dance of maintaining existing businesses and appeasing the revolting bureaucrats made for a fine airplane book.
Lou
Aug 16, 2009 Lou rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: spy novel lovers
I was not disappointed. This is a good spy novel about the Middle East. I enjoyed it more than the first Ambler novel that I read- A Coffin for Dimitrios. Fun summer read but also a good insight into the "Palestinian Issue" and the personalities involved on the gut level.
Paul Wilner
Prescient. Preferable to the vaporous mutterings of the more recent work of Mr. LeCarre, at least in my opinion.


Still relevant - more so than ever - after all these year, with some nicely comic touches to leaven the saga.
Jack Goodstein
I read a different edition, but the cover comes up with a different title. (I have the one in the Vintage Black Lizard series. Palestinian terrorists involve a Cypriot business man in an elabotate plat.
Emily
I got bogged down in the technical political details, but the section from Teresa the secretary's POV is worth the price of admission--funny and revealing about her boss, and she's a pleasure to read.
Peg Gjertsen
The book included a lot of detail about doing business in the middle east and that made it interesting but it was not exciting enough.
Pat
Apr 07, 2009 Pat marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Found this in a used book store in Yachats. I've heard good things about Ambler. Early spy novel stuff.
Richard Bradley
Eric Ambler never wrote a single word that wasn't the highest order of a (spy story) (suspense) (thriller).
J.
Not read in too long a time to give an accurate review. Will revisit soon.
Kristen
Pretty interesting thriller based in Syria.
Chris Feldman
Classic thriller, surpassed IMO by Furst's works.
Pam
Had some fun twists to it.
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Eric Ambler began his writing career in the early 1930s, and quickly established a reputation as a thriller writer of extraordinary depth and originality. He is often credited as the inventor of the modern political thriller and John Le Carre once described him as 'the source on which we all draw.'

Ambler began his working life at an engineering firm, then as a copywriter at an advertising agency,
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