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Bride of a Bygone War (The Beirut Trilogy #2)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  140 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
The second book in the Beirut Trilogy, BRIDE OF A BYGONE WAR is set in the spring of 1981, following the American elections, when Lebanon hopes for fresh political winds that might end their seven-year civil war. Enter Walter Lukash, a midlevel CIA officer assigned as intelligence liaison to the Phalange militia. Lukash soon becomes a pawn in a Levantine game intended to ...more
Kindle Edition, 269 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by PF Publishing (first published July 27th 2011)
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J. Ewbank
Fleming can certainly write. This book is a fascinating study of a "spy" for America. Like all good spy stories there is a lot of human contact and experiences as well as the danger that accompanies all of the activities. The main character seems to forget the danger most of the time even though he is very aware that anything is possible. Good characters, good plot, good reading. I enjoyed it.
J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"
Aug 07, 2012 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author is a great story teller who exhibits a command of the subject matter and the period. This is an excellent thriller that grew my interest, particularly after the first third of the book when the background circumstances were defined. I like stories which clearly take me away into the time and place, and this one captured the spirit. Much like some other recent historical novels, we are inside the lives of Americans who are on foreign soil in extremely dangerous circumstances.

We are tak
Sep 21, 2012 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first reaction to Bride of a Bygone War was how different it was from its companion novel, Dynamite Fishermen, and from Fleming’s Kamas novels. While the setting of Bride remains war-torn Beirut during the early 1980s, the mood is palpably different from that of Dynamite Fishermen and the story is told in a very different way. The more novels Fleming writes, the more surprises I expect he will deliver and the more interesting they will likely be. This is most assuredly no one-trick pony.
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Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Walter Lukash is caught in two worlds but doesn't see a way out of his situation either. Walter's girlfriend who happens to be married is chasing after him because she's a clingy bitch. Walter secretly married against policy now has to face the consequences of that choice as well. Walter is suppose to prevent The US from getting involved in another war. Walter's contacts have other ideas about his mandate. Can Walter get out of the crossfire? Will the girlfriend or wife find Walter? Your answers ...more
Gary Sudeth
Nov 06, 2016 Gary Sudeth rated it liked it
Love inside the CIA and the rubble that is the Middle East

(Remove the word "inside" from the headline for a clearer statement about this book.)

Fleming tells a story of international intrigue after the early years of 'the events' in Lebanon which turned Beirut from 'Paris of the Middle East' into the first hell-hole of modern times directly attributable to Islamic adventurism. The story agent's love life amidst this setting takes the reader along path as cluttered with emotion as the street
Roel Debruyne
Jan 19, 2016 Roel Debruyne rated it liked it
Bride of a Bygone War is the second novel in an espionage trilogy set in civil war Beirut. The first part in the series, Dynamite Fishermen, was a thrilling account of life as a secret agent in one of the more complex and volatile societies, clearly written by someone who has seen it all from the inside.

The second part in the series sees CIA agent Walter Lukash return to Beirut on temporary assignment, quickly transformed into a full two-year posting, to liaise with the Phalangist movement, one
Dec 22, 2014 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Exodus 20:7 (KJV) Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. I have become incensed by modern day authors and them continually using God's name in their books. I agreed to review this book but this will be my last one. I have turned my eyes before but this is the last time. Because of this I will no longer read past this and will not read anymore again. I am tired of those who disrespect my God and Creator. ...more
Bill Thibadeau
Nov 14, 2014 Bill Thibadeau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I read the Kamas Trilogy bt this author so I was excited to read another of his books. Bride of a Bygone War did not disappoint. The story starts out a bit slowly for me. The author had to develop a batch of State Department and CIA types in the confines of the rather dismal world of diplomats. After a bit the story grew on me with the descriptions of the harsh conditions in Beirut and Lebanon. As the story progressed, the cu
Jul 30, 2013 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Irene Adam
Nov 20, 2014 Irene Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Quentin Stewart
May 16, 2013 Quentin Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jan 10, 2013 Oma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a book of spies and intrigue in the Middle East (Syria, Lebanon). It was a good story , but the bride (Muna) was a side character. I found myself wondering what her importance was to the plot. I expected her to be more involved in the story. Yes, her family wanted revenge for Conklin/Lakash abandoning her, but that was also a subplot. Muna was unimportant to the story and I did find her to be an unrealistic character. (Husband disappeared for 5 years, showed up on doorstep and was ...more
Sep 18, 2012 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting book about two CIA agents, Conrad Prosser and Walter Lukash stationed in Beirut in the late '70's to early '80's. It is a story of war, deceit, friendship, loss and love. Mr. Fleming has written a very descriptive
account of what it is like in Beirut during war time.
The story is mostly about Walter Lukash and his assignment. He was re-assigned to Beirut after leaving there 5 years before. When he was there the first time he was operating under an alias. This time he is using hi
Jun 02, 2013 Ameise1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wow, what an enthralling plot! I couldn't put it away. It kept me breathless and I was urged to go on until the very last page. Right from the start I was dipped into the explosive world of the Middle East around the time of the 80s. Beirut wasn't anymore the Paris from the East. The war has divided the city into west and east with a lot of checkpoints, military forces and several intelligence services which play each other off against each other. In the middle of this setting a CIA agent is not ...more
Aug 06, 2014 Ceh131973 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[Preston Fleming] has quickly become one of my favorite authors. With [Bride of a Bygone War] he hits another home run. The continuing action and intrigue of Beirut in the 1980's is conveyed in a fast paced yet humanistic manner.

Any fan of spy thrillers or the action adventure genre definitely needs to check [Mr. Fleming] out. I will be awaiting the third installment of the [Beirut Trilogy] and any more works by this exciting author.
Feb 22, 2015 Kelbo rated it liked it
It took me nearly half the book to really get all of the characters straight in my head. This was a time I remembered vividly in my mind, so it was very interesting. The writing was good, the story fast moving, and the ending was not a letdown. Though not exactly what I was expecting of a spy novel, it was an interesting read.
R.E. Conary
May 17, 2016 R.E. Conary rated it really liked it
Another look at Beirut and the tumultuous '80s. CIA field agent Walter Lukash plays a hopscotch game of trying to fulfill his latest undercover assignment and keep his job, while keeping his love life -- past and present -- from jeopardizing it all. A well done tell-it-like-it-really-was spy thriller and excellent follow-up of "Dynamite Fishermen."
Peter Smith
Aug 25, 2015 Peter Smith rated it liked it
Good but a little dated

Not the fault of the author's he appears to have driven it in the late seventies/early eighties when Lebanon was a disaster. Not much has changed. I lived and worked in Saudia Arabia at the time so I was intimately aware of the situation in the ME. Unfortunately it has only gotten worse.
Feb 17, 2015 Cj rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Only good if you've lived in Beirut. Mostly confusing and not worth the read. Whole book was really pointless. Think it was just a vehicle for the author to show us how much he knows about the geography and politics of Lebanon. If that's what you're into--go for it.
Nov 04, 2014 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 27, 2015 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fleming offers us a in-depth look in to the conflict within Lebanon with Christian and other faiths abd details the cold-war playing out there with Lebanon and Syria and how the US backed regime fares.
Mr. Fleming captures your imagination in Bride of a Bygone War. The writing is compelling and written with knowledge and research behind the story. Although slow in the beginning the pace does pick up.
Peter C Kinner
Aug 23, 2015 Peter C Kinner rated it it was amazing
Great story of the complications of mid east

Well written tale about the complicated situation in Lebanon. Fleming's experience in the area comes through in the details of the story.
Mary Rowe
Aug 07, 2015 Mary Rowe rated it liked it
Convoluted, sometimes annoying

Readable, with sneaky, skulking spies throughout. Disappointed in the disappearance/death of some characters without any further explanation or aftermath. Despite my quibbles, the author gave a good account of love in a dangerous time.
Nov 22, 2014 Jai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You have to be interested in the political and civil battles of the Middle East in the 1970's to enjoy this book in which case this book is intriguing and involving. The setting and characters are believable and an elusive thread of forbidden romance runs through the story. A good read.
Aug 16, 2015 Kelley rated it it was ok

I was looking forward to the history lesson but the author expected touch. It was a good (if somewhat confusing) story, ruined by the end. Boo Lorraine.
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Preston Fleming was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He left home at age fourteen to accept a scholarship at a New England boarding school and went on to a liberal arts college in the Midwest. After earning an MBA, he managed a non-profit organization in New York before joining the U.S. Foreign Service and serving in U.S. Embassies around the Middle East for nearly a decade. Later he studied at an Ivy ...more
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The Beirut Trilogy (2 books)
  • Dynamite Fishermen

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