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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  66 ratings  ·  12 reviews
David Richards is a mid-level diplomat assigned to the sleepy, backwater Middle Eastern kingdom of Kutar in 1983. He spends his days on minor development projects and his nights seducing ambassador'swives. But when news of a tribal skirmish reaches the capital, Richards soon finds himself embroiled in a civil war as Colonel Munn, a pint-sized, blustery Texan assigned to Ku ...more
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Published August 14th 2007 by Anchor Books (first published May 16th 2006)
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I saw this book in the background while watching an Anthony Bourdain episode of No Reservations. It was the Emmy nominated one from Beirut when he was evacuated during fighting in 2006 or so. Ironic that he was reading a book in which the plot had the same circumstances he found himself in. Surprising there isn't more buzz about this 2006 book and why hasn't it been made into a movie yet? It's right up there with "The Quiet American" and "The Ugly American." It reminded me of Graham Greene's boo ...more
David Rubin
This book is allegory posturing as a novel. It is about war and peace; diplomacy and death; betrayal and hope. The novel has two threads: an honest and brave man representing his government as a diplomat in time of war and how love and friendship temper the pain and horror of war.

The allegorical portion is about aggression and treachery; terrorism and militarism; broken promises and slaughter; diplomacy and betrayal. Characters fit roles, just as if the book were Pilgrims Progress.

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Frederick Bingham
The story of David Richards, set in the early 1980's in the fictional nation of Kutar. Kutar is a peaceful, sleepy kingdom in the mideast. It is ruled by a benevolent but autocratic king. It is divided into two parts, a prosperous coastal region, and a poor interior desert and mountainous region that is inhabited by a ragtag group of rebels. The capital, Ladaran is on the coast, where Richards is stationed as a low level foreign service functionary working in the american embassy. He has little ...more
Blaine Morrow
Wonderfully crafted novel that brings together politics, an intriguing cast of characters, questions of morality and courage. Anderson builds the plot well and is especially masterful with his dialog. The characters are well drawn and the details of war and destruction are clearly written by someone who's seen them and experienced the effects. Excellent!
Total page-turner, was a lot of fun to read. The depictions of the diplomacy were interesting and well-balanced by the relationships between the main characters. Romance was a bit stock, but it didn't overwhelm the book at all. I liked the way the pacing matched the war depicted in the book - as the war dragged on, the book slowed down a bit and paid more attention to the details of the surroundings and people. My only quibble is that this is set in a fictional country in a real part of the worl ...more
Had I read been able to read this forty years ago,I probably would have found it to be a mildly diverting "Casablanca"-esque thriller that was marred by an annoying anti-American bias,especially in the character of General Munn,a jargon-ridden,All-American bully,who wages illegal war simply "because he can"...however,in the light of the direction and presentation of our Foreign Policy these days the book seems,sadly, more like straight reportage than fiction...
This is a solid, well-written novel of a war between rebels and the government of a fictional Middle East country, and the U.S. sticking its fingers into the messy pie. Anderson gives us a good taste of a Westerner caught in the middle. Nicely done but unspectacular Graham Greene sort of tale.
I was immediately drawn in by Anderson's writing style. It's an interesting story and yet another "fictional" tale of the US's involvement in a "fictional" war in the middle East. Intersting book!
Compelling especially in light of what has been done under Bush. A very authentic fiction novel that reads like non-fiction..with a touch more sentimentality.
Realistic depiction of small embassy overseas life and work. Disappointing ending; not all the threads were wrapped up.
Jonathan Lanza
Finished at sarah's house, laying in her bed. fantastic book. sort of a depressing ending but certainly realistic.
A real disappointment. It had moments of Scoop, moments of Graham Greene. In the end, it came up really short.
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