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Nightfall in Mogadishu

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Nightfall in Mogadishu is a spy thriller and historical novel set in Somalia. It weaves the country’s history, politics and culture into a tale of international intrigue. Susan Chen, a CIA agent is sent to Mogadishu to thwart a plot to overthrow the government. She finds a nation that has lost its soul and is whirling into a vortex of violence and terror.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Authorhouse
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Lainy
Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Nightfall in Mogadishu is a spy thriller and historical novel set in Somalia. It weaves the country’s history, politics and culture into a tale of international intrigue. Susan Chen, a CIA agent is sent to Mogadishu to thwart a plot to overthrow the government. She finds a nation that has lost its soul and is whirling into a vortex of violence and terror.

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Susan is an undercover agent sent to Somalia to stop the destruction of the Somalia government, this is her first a
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Meg - A Bookish Affair
Oct 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, fiction
This book is vastly different than Journey Across Four Seas but still sucks you right in. I was born in the mid-eighties so I really don't know much about the issues in Somalia during the early 1990s (except for Black Hawk Down; I know about that) so it was really interesting to get a little perspective on how truly crazy things were in that country at that point in time. I love books that truly give you a sense of place of where the characters are and what they are seeing and what they are doin ...more
Jessica
Jun 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book was not something I would typically read but I really enjoyed it. I don't know a lot about Somalia so it was really interesting for me to read about all the chaos and upheaval there.


It is the early 1990s and CIA Agent Susan Chen is sent to replace a U.N. Representative in Somalia. Once there, Susan must try to stay alive while hunting someone who is killing high-ranking, international officials.


This book was filled with suspense and was fast paced. The author makes you feel like
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Megan
Oct 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
The mode in which people were assassinated was so chilling! The setting of this book is very well written, I could picture it vividly. I think the fact the author spent time in Mogadishu was a big factor in that.

The story at times was very slow and for a short while a bit boring, but once I got through that part it moved very quickly to the end. The ending was a bit brief and I would have liked a longer ending. I mean after building the story for the whole book, it was over very quickly and I d
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Tonya
Apr 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a review.

For those who are interested in an insider’s view of complicated recent history, this novel does a fantastic job of drawing broad outlines of the players in the game and introducing an element of real understanding to a convoluted situation. For those who appreciate strong female characters, too, there is a lot to love about Susan Chen, the protagonist, a recent CIA trainee testing herself in her first assignment. I had to
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Juha
May 01, 2008 rated it liked it
The best part of this book is its description of Somalia and how the country rapidly descends into chaos as a result of corruption, aid dependence and warring clan factions. Veronica Li skillfully evokes the factors behind the collapse of the country and the reader is drawn into the increasingly frightening mood. A former World Bank loan officer for Somalia, her depiction of the foreign community of aid workers who - some idealistically, others for cynical power politics - attempt to support the ...more
Blythe
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
The author's thirteen-year career with the World Bank, her first-hand knowledge of Somalia, and her well-honed writing style converge into a suspenseful tale of intrigue, murder, and chaos within a country falling apart. The insight into the motivations of donor countries giving aid to a corrupt regime and the regime's use of such aid is fascinating, as is the strong, intelligent woman who is abruptly thrown into the mix to stop a killer who targets the international aid workers.

The characters a
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Rachel Cotterill
Nightfall in Mogadishu is a political thriller set in Somalia, which provides an interesting backdrop to the story of intrigue and murder. The main character, Susan, is a CIA agent working undercover at the World Bank, and throughout the novel she struggles to balance the responsibilities of these two roles, with her personal sense of right and wrong. Susan is a strong and determined character, and I would be interested in reading more novels featuring her.

I didn't know much about the situation
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C.J.
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Yes, there's a lot more to Somalia than pirates! When the World Bank's "res rep" in Mogadishu is murdered, his secret CIA bosses recognize the killer's style--they trained him. Into a country on the brink of disintegration they send agent Susan Chen, to hold the fort and find out what's going on. Through her eyes we meet a colorful assortment of vivid characters, and learn how handy Western shortcuts such as "good guys vs. bad guys" have helped turn a once-thriving mosaic of tribes into a failin ...more
Anna
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Great read, great price. This is definately a book out of my comfort zone, I don't usually read genre's like this one, but I think i'll definately read more. This is so much better then I expected it to be.
I don't know about some of the things going on in Somalia so it was interesting to read about what crazyness went on there. You get the sense of actually being there in the character of Susan Chen from the descriptions the author gives. Her characters are well developed, and although there ar
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Sverrir Sigurdsson
Apr 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read for 99cents on Kindle!
This book is a well-crafted combination of a spy thriller and an analytical review of Somalia's society shortly before it decended into chaos after the end of the Cold War. This is a must-read for those seeking to understand the disintegration of a country, which has many of the characteristics of Libya, especially its tribal structures and eccentric leadership. For those who seek a relaxed diversion through a fast-paced spy thriller, the book is entertaining
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Lisa
May 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
I think the author made the mistake of falling in love with her own character before writing the book. Because of this, Susan Chen (the main character) really wasn't developed enough for me to fall in love with her too. I did enjoy the little tidbits of Somali culture the book contained.
Christi
Not something I'd pick up on my own--way out of my comfort zone--but a very interesting book nonetheless.
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I'm the author of two books: Journey Across the Four Seas and Nightfall in Mogadishu.

I write to understand the puzzles of my life, and it has turned out that what puzzles me puzzles other people as well.

My biggest puzzle was my mother. Like a dutiful Chinese daughter, I took my ailing parents into my home. My father was quirky as usual, no puzzle there, but my beautiful, saintly mother astonished
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