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Ahriman: The Spirit of Destruction

4.24  ·  Rating Details ·  54 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
"Like Grisham and Clancy... this title shines among the genre simply though superb storytelling." -The US Review of Books

The Day of the Jackal meets Syriana in the near future.

When the CIA intercepts intelligence on a terrorist attack in Kuwait, Petra Shirazi, a former field agent, comes face to face with the Ahriman, one of Iran's deadliest assassins.

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Paperback, 540 pages
Published July 9th 2014 (first published June 15th 2014)
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B. Patterson
Nov 18, 2014 B. Patterson rated it it was amazing
Petra is everything you want in a main character: heroic, smart, driven. I also like most of Petra’s supporting cast, such as her boss and her recruiter who’s now retired. Except her boyfriend. The positive I can say about Grant is the character is used like he should be. He has a certain skill set that Petra lacks and needs in order to complete her mission.

The Ahriman is everything I want in a villain. Great motivation with a strong, conflicted backstory.

Great job of characterizing villains.
C.S. Woolley
Nov 19, 2014 C.S. Woolley rated it really liked it
It is debatable whether being able to compare the way a book is written to a TV series is a good thing, but in this case, I think it’s a great thing.
Ahriman: The Spirit of Destruction is the literary equivalent of the TV series 24. Fast paced, completely terrifying in places and constantly has you teetering on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next.
Set in the not too distant future, the lack of difference between life now and then is really well written and actually builds on the
Taylor Smith
Sep 20, 2014 Taylor Smith rated it it was amazing
This was such a great read! I really enjoyed this one from Puja Guha. One of my friends had read this book and said that it was really good. She couldn't stop talking about it, so I decided to give it a try too. I'm so glad that I did! This book was thrilling, fun and exciting. You can tell that Puja put a lot of time and energy into this story to make it what it is.

Once I turned the first page, I found the book extremely hard to set down. It had so much action, thrill and I wanted to see what
James Poter
Oct 05, 2014 James Poter rated it it was amazing
Well if you are a regular novel reader you will most probably be putting puja’s next book in your buy list after you read her first ever published novel Ahriman: the spirit of destruction. And its good to know that she maybe planning to write more volumes for this title. Its mainly based on international politics mainly the middle east. For a new writers first work, this book might actually exceed your expectation and leave you to wait for the next volume of the series. You probably even notice ...more
Saj Sajady
Sep 28, 2014 Saj Sajady rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. It was entertaining and intriguing to read and learn about Kuwaiti and Middle East politics through a fictional novel. Puja Guha is a young and promising author. Petra, with her experience and secret past, makes for a fascinating lead. There is a lot of action and suspense making for a real page turner. I couldn’t wait to read what happened next. I really enjoyed reading this book and am excited for the next one.
Champika Wickramasinghe
Sep 24, 2014 Champika Wickramasinghe rated it it was amazing
Wow, I really enjoyed this one from Puja Guha! Actually, My friend gave me as a gift.So, I decided to read this.I was interest to read this.As well as, I could learn about Middle East politics, and had something interesting and easy to read everyone.The scenery was so vivid in this book and the storyline was very interesting. I can't wait to read more from this author. Her writing style is very interesting and it kept me on my toes.I suggest to every one to read. So.

Highly recommend!
Dannielle Swope
Sep 30, 2014 Dannielle Swope rated it it was amazing
I was not expecting this to be so good!
I didn't think I'd enjoy this book, Ahriman: The Spirit of Destruction, nearly as much as I did. I'm usually more fond of the types of stories that center around character than events. However, this story manages to have both in equal richness. I never thought the political aspect would be entertaining to me, but the author successfully was able to weave it in such a story that it was not boring in the slightest. Cannot wait to read more by Ms. Guha!
Tiff Smith
Nov 11, 2014 Tiff Smith rated it it was amazing
This is my very first thriller book set in the Middle East . "Ahriman: The Spirit of Destruction" turned out to be the perfect pick.

"Ahriman: The Spirit of Destruction" is an interesting and easy read. The text flows smoothly and the twists and suspense kept reading.
Highly recommended to all thrillers lovers.
J.b. Maynard
Jan 14, 2015 J.b. Maynard rated it liked it
Ahriman is a geo-political thriller that takes us into the inner workings of the US government married with the culture and politics of the Middle East. The first book in the Ahriman series focuses on Petra: a high level government employee with connections to the CIA and many other secret branches of the system; and Kasem, a man whom, while in search of Lila’s locket, is betrayed and abducted by his employer. When Petra’s agency receives a message that may threaten the security of our nation, ...more
Oct 05, 2016 Kim rated it it was amazing
I casually opened this book just to take a glance, but alas that was on its own my fatal mistake. I must say I was permanently glued from the first glance. The Prologue itself had the most captivating effect, I was practically hooked from scratch.
The book has a very strong steady pace, you can almost hear your heartbeat pounding. I can't even count the number of times I held my breath. the most interesting part of it all is how the author carries you along on the soul-stirring adventure. You can
Pamela Gordnier
Dec 27, 2015 Pamela Gordnier rated it really liked it
I recently had the pleasure of reading Ahriman: The Spirit of Destruction. This is the author’s first book and the first book of the Ahriman legacy. I found this book to be very well written and well-paced. It took me much longer than normal to get through this book, partly because I read it during the holiday season, but also because the plot develops slowly in the beginning. It starts building at the half-way point and really races at the end. Although, this book was not as suspenseful for me ...more
Billy Buttons
Jun 29, 2015 Billy Buttons rated it liked it
This book was recently entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:

Title: Ahriman, The Spirit of Destruction
Author: Puja Guha
Star Rating: 3 stars
Number of Readers: 17

Readers’ Comments
‘A very enjoyable, exciting read. Lots happening; full of terrorists and politics. The central character was strong and interesting to follow.’ Male reader, aged 45
‘Reminded me a bit of a Tom Clancy thriller. A bit too slow though. The author needs to work in pacing. It’s important to
Nov 06, 2015 Peter rated it really liked it
Ahriman is an ambitious undertaking by first-time author Puja Guha. Complicated by the difficulty of following characters through multiple time shifts, the story nevertheless holds our attention as a result of the subject matter and Guha’s smooth writing style. The story is set in Iran and Kuwait––territory she knows from having lived in Kuwait. References to local practices and places add depth to the story of intrigue and espionage.

The main character, Petra Shizari, works for an international
Camille Fabre
Dec 28, 2015 Camille Fabre rated it really liked it
Flash forward in 2021... The world is not that different from today. The United States and Europe are still prey to massive terrorist attacks. The fight against Al-Qaeda and its affiliates continues. Middle East countries face some social unrest, but continue to benefit from oil revenues despite the low price of the barrel.

Ahriman: The Spirit of Destruction takes places in Kuwait. The Agency, an American counter-terrorist unit, thinks a terrorist attack is imminent when a message is intercepted
Lynn Hallbrooks
Nov 16, 2015 Lynn Hallbrooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was provided a copy of this book for free as a member of Masquerade Mob's Review Crew.

This is a mixture of International Intrigue, Terrorism, Counter-terrorism with a twist of romance.

Petra was recruited for The Agency from college. Her field work gained her high accolades but after an episode of PTSD retires her from that life, she settles in as a researcher. That is, until a mission that only her special skills can handle pulls her out of the office. Will she be able to push through the even
Elizabeth Ehlen
Jan 02, 2016 Elizabeth Ehlen rated it liked it
Petra retired from being an Agency field agent years ago and vowed never to return after the experiences she had. But she may be the only one who can take down the Ahriman, an assassin named after the Persian god of destruction. Will she risk her life and sanity to go back, or will she walk away from the Agency and risk the blood of thousands of innocents?

Ahriman is a thriller, criss crossing the globe to track down a killer. While I loved the plot, the structure of the book was a little clunky
Aug 03, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it
This was the first book by Pujo Guha that I had read, so I wasn't sure what to expect. What I found was a well crafted thriller. This book is the start of a series but is a standalone book. The Epilogue let's you know there is more to the story and it isn't over quite yet. But the book does not end in a traditional cliffhanger. There is violence.

The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat all of that info here. The author did a good job of keeping a steady pace t
Aug 24, 2016 Luc rated it really liked it
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Puja Guha does not make it easy to get into Ahriman: The Spirit of Destruction, but it is well worth persisting as on the whole it is a really good book.

The first three, at times confusing, different stories (one of Marzouk Fayed, Khaled Majed and the Ahriman, another of Kasem Ismaili and Lila and a third of Petra Shirazi at the agency) that initially don’t relate to each other apart from Petra investigating Fayed and Majed.

About halfway all parts come together nicely and from there on the tens
Margaret Millmore
Jan 23, 2015 Margaret Millmore rated it really liked it
This was a well thought out, well written intricate international thriller.

The main character, Petra, is an intelligent and independent woman who is forced to overcome her fears and PTSD from a failed field op in order to prevent a massive terrorist attack. Although thrillers of this sort seem to be a dime a dozen these days, this novel is a far cry from what I’ve read lately. Ms. Guha does a great job weaving the political landscape of the today’s Middle East with a future (2021) that she’s cre
Jul 07, 2016 Tania rated it it was amazing
This is absolutely one of the best books I have picked up in a long time! Fast-paced, intricate plot woven with varying POVs that manages to be detailed but not bogged down in minutiae. I appreciate how the author assumes intelligence in the reader by not belaboring new information or oversimplifying things. I feel like I have gained some new insight into Middle Eastern culture, and love the treatment given to international espionage. Heartily recommend this book and can't wait to read the next ...more
Jacqueline Alcarese
Sep 27, 2014 Jacqueline Alcarese rated it liked it
I really wanted to b able to give this book a great review. I realize this is her first novel so I gave her a three as extra credit for being a first timer. However, the boon really doesn't stand up even as a three star. There is just too much time jumping. There is a great deal of detail going into the unnecessary and not enough into what is necessary. It didn't grip me at all. A hundred pages in and still didn't have a clue what was going on.I still say the author does have potential, but this ...more
Doreen Keele
Apr 26, 2015 Doreen Keele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. I don't know where to start. As far as an espionage tale goes this one is explosively shocking. I followed the tales of three people involved in it and it is amazing how they ended up coinciding in such a convoluted way that even the CIA could not be involved in it. As you read of each tale it shows the bravery of each person but I have to be a little vague so I don't give anything away. This is an astounding tale of bravery an
Nov 30, 2014 Cassandra rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was a good spy thriller but never got too outrageous like some can get or unbelievable. The characters were well developed and even though it switched between different time periods to create the story it still made sense. I was at first concerned it would be hard to follow but it was not at all and made the book more enjoyable as it controlled the flow of the plot line and gave just the right information you needed at just the right time. I was a little ...more
Jan 24, 2015 Isabella rated it it was amazing
I'm not much on reviews, but this book was great. I love reading, so I read many books and forget to put reviews for them. This book is a good book, and I would recommend others to read it. I also got the book from
Anna Pyles
Oct 12, 2015 Anna Pyles rated it liked it
i liked this book...i really enjoyed the main characters, Petra and Kaseem...the politics were a bit difficult to follow, especially due to the timelines shifting. However, the storyline was intriguing and kept me involved...thank you, Puja :)
Bill Powers
Nov 11, 2014 Bill Powers rated it really liked it
Ahriman: The Spirit of Destruction is a fast-paced geopolitical thriller. I found the transitions between Middle East, Europe & US to be realistic and interesting. This is an out-of-the-park debut novel from Puja Guha. I look forward to more thrillers from her soon.
Oct 27, 2014 Sarah marked it as to-read
I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. After I've had a chance to finish reading it, I'll post a review. Stay tuned!
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Puja Guha draws upon her experiences from traveling and living around the world in her writing. She has lived in Kuwait, Toronto, Paris, London, and several American cities including New York, Washington DC, and San Francisco. Each of these places and many more show up in her writing as her travel to places such as Mozambique, South Africa, Vietnam, Sudan, Afghanistan, and Guinea-Bissau inspire ...more
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