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Hostage to Fortune
by Ted Mason
A mercenary invasion? A coup d'tat? Civil War? Or maybe it's all an elaborate plot to discredit the American Embassy in the island republic of Sharqiya. Ambassador Hal Potter was once a professor, and an expert on French colonialism. Now he will need all his knowledge and diplomatic skill to hold his fractious team together in the face of the dangers that threaten to ...more
Paperback, 266 pages
Published April 12th 2016 by Bartleby Press
(first published 1999)
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This was an unexpected treat. Even though I am a Foreign Service Officer, I have never wanted to read a nonfiction book about life in the FS by a former FS. I just would have assumed it was self glorifying and annoyingly obvious. I read this book in one day. It was a page turner and I felt compelled to continue to read. Some of the actual Embassy life/times/speak is outdated so it's not like every aspect of the book is something that is happening now. And I would have preferred a real country ...more