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Al Shabah: An Assassin's Story

(Al Shabah Assassin #1)

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Although a work of fiction, AL SHABAH: An Assassin’s Story, is based on the true story of the author’s experiences growing up in Lebanon during that country’s bloody civil war, as well as his time as a counter-terrorist operative. The story follows “Paul” from his childhood in the Bekaa Valley to adulthood where he finds himself recruited as a trained killer by both Israel ...more
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published October 18th 2017 by WildBlue Press
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Barbara Tsipouras
As an ex counter-terrorist operative the author knows exactly what he's writing about. He gives us insight how these civil wars with different militias really work, how foreign intelligence services and/or armies meddle for their own interests, how the so-called jihad is not really about religion but about power. The civil war in Lebanon finished long ago, but we have a similar situation now in Syria. A.E.Sawan does not sugarcoat anything, describing the cruelty, absurdity and futility of war.

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Jim
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Throughly engrossing story of a young man from Lebanon that highlights the stark differences and realities of life well outside our American way of life. Many factions at odds here make life perilous and one either adapts, or gets hurt, or worse. This was interesting from beginning to end, a fast and intriguing story one will not soon forget.
Peter Eichstaedt
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In A.E. Sawan’s compelling thriller, Al Shabah, or The Ghost, fact and fiction are skillfully blended into a fast-paced and highly charged story of an assassin whose specialty is wiping out terrorists
The book’s narrator is Paul, a Christian who grows up in Lebanon’s notorious Bekaa Valley, home to battling factions during the brutal, complex, and devastating Lebanese civil war from 1975 to 1990.
Defending his sister from an assault by neighborhood thugs with a well-aimed B-B gun, Paul’s young l
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Denise Wallace
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Imagine.. your country recruits you to become a counter-terrorist operative against your own childhood nemesis. This story takes bullying to a whole new level!
Martin Eidhammer
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author, free of charge, with no expectation of a positive review
Anyone who have watched news the last 40 years will be familiar with the words Druze, Maronite, Beirut or Shatila. All words related to one small strip of land on the coast of the Mediterranean -Lebanon.
With many different religious denominations, who in a varying degree dislike each other, and as the battleground for her neighboring states, Lebanon spell trouble like no other nation.
This is the scenari
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Dineshotham Khambhammettu
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I have read in the genre of modern warfare especially as it delivers the story convincingly from the point of the protagonist.
Al Shabah, is definitely a book dedicated to all those people whose life got scarred in the childhood on account of radical insurgents. It could actually be used as a reference book on the middle eastern disturbances and how people are used. Especially as the author provides a counterpoint in the form of the antagonist.
Right through the book,
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Terry Halley
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading Author A.E Sawan, "Al Shabah". Telling his story of 1975 Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, Christians and Muslims, sets the stage of male adolescents into manhood and the different paths that were taken. It is very informative and educational. It touches on the making of an assassin during the time when Lebanon was changing for the worse . The Author writes about his conflicts of living in an environment of war and death as a young boy and the effects it had on him coming into manh ...more
Jenifer Owens
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was outside of what I would have generally chosen to read. But I loved it. Paul was engaging as he narrated the story. It was believable and opened up a bit of the world in the middle east. We see things so black and white and life is so much more. this was a great read, fast paced and interesting. You wanted to know what was going to happen next. I'm interested in reading more.
Suzette
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! The author combined history events and memories and wove them together to take us with him on his journey as a Christian in Lebanon. The images were vivid and I could imagine being there during that time, seeing what he saw, experiencing what he experienced. I received a signed copy of the book from the author, and it's almost unbelievable that he could not only survive but thrive after living through a nightmare similar to what he described. We live an isolated and naive existe ...more
Craig Holt
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sawan's writing has the ring of truth, and opens a window on a world of violence few of us understand. Great storytelling that pulls you into the heart of his dangerous world.
Jishnu Nair
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Al-Shabah: An Assassin's story is a thriller written by A.E Sawan on the background of attacks against the christian minority in Lebanon during the civil war(1975-1990). Story travels through the narration & life of Paul, a hyper active Kid whose life takes a horrific "U" turn when a terrorist wing of PLO targets the christian minority in Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. He then have to witness some heart-breaking incidents which completely changes his life and how he became a counter terrorist memb ...more
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A.E. Sawan was born into a Christian family on the outskirts of Zahle in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. By the age of 12, he and his family had been forced to move five different times because of the country’s shattering civil war (1975 to 1990). Detained and tortured on several occasions by both the Syrian Army and the Palestinian Liberation Army (PLO), he eventually became a counter-terrorist operative ...more