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Istanbul Passage by Joseph Kanon
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May 27, 2012

really liked it
Read in May, 2012

Fast-paced and involving, Istanbul Passage gives an "insiders view" of life at the end of World War II as seen thru the eyes of Leon Bauer, and American living in Turkey who is thrust into a dangerous and complicated web of deceit that his job as a "part time" spy has not prepared him for. Used to "routine" assignments-helping to transport refugees from Nazi occupied countries-Leon learns in a split second that even his closest friends are not who they seem to be, and then tries to navigate a world where the line between good and evil is blurred beyond recognition. The dialogue is lightning fast and can be hard to follow when it involves people and places that may not be familar to some readers. But the essence of the story-how to do the right thing when faced with choices that all seem wrong-is evident thru the anguish Leon experiences over his predicament. Leon(and the reader) ultimately learns that even with bad choices there are always worse ones, and sometimes the best we can hope for is to choose the one that is least wrong.
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