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Theo sets out to rescue his mother, who's been kidnapped by Pakistani terrorists. Twists and turns aplenty. Even Mom is not what you expect. A thinking thriller and a very enjoyable read.
Recommended by Kathy H, Powell's Books at PDX

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New York Times bestselling author Michael Gruber, a member of "the elite ranks of those who can both chill the blood and challenge the mind" (The Denver Post), delivers a taut, multilayered, riveting novel of suspense

Somewhere in Pakistan, Sonia Laghari and eight fellow members of a symposium on peace are being held captive by armed terrorists. Sonia, a deeply religious woman as well as a Jungian psychologist, has become the de facto leader of the kidnapped group. While her son Theo, an ex-Delta soldier, uses his military connections to find and free the victims, Sonia tries to keep them all alive by working her way into the kidnappers' psyches and interpreting their dreams. With her knowledge of their language, her familiarity with their religion, and her Jungian training, Sonia confounds her captors with her insights and beliefs. Meanwhile, when the kidnappers decide to kill their captives, one by one, in retaliation for perceived crimes against their country, Theo races against the clock to try and save their lives.

About the Author

Michael Gruber, author of New York Times bestseller The Book of Air and Shadows, The Forgery of Venus, Night of the Jaguar, Tropic of Night, and Valley of Bones, has a Ph.D. in marine sciences and began freelance writing while working in Washington, D.C. as a policy analyst and speech writer. Since 1990, he has been a full-time writer. He is married and lives in Seattle, Washington.

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sharrona, November 25, 2012 (view all comments by sharrona)
Michael Gruber is an excellent writer, but in this book his storytelling was not up to par. The "thriller" plot had holes in it, and the characters weren't quite interesting. The setting was timely and intriguing, and Gruber's use of language was impeccable, as always.

Had this book been written by someone else, I might not have been quite so harsh in my judgment. I've read most of Gruber's books, and although the author has moved on beyond his Jimmy Paz trilogy, I confess that I have not. None of the subsequent books lived up to the standard those set, for compelling characters, atmospheric suspense, and boundary-pushing, thought-provoking plots.
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primebookslv, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by primebookslv)
An excellent thriller about a Pakistani-American soldier and his educated, renegade Muslim mother, and their relationship and purpose in life. This is a wonderful character study with most of the volume an analysis, through many conversations and diary-like comments, of the why in their lives, as well as the reason for their actions. The story line involving hostages and their freeing is secondary, but a necessary element to bring the story to a successful conclusion. The thriller is also a study of Islam and it's effect on women who want more than the orthodoxy the faith demands, and a commentary on Islam in general and radical Islam in particular.
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Gruber, Michael
St. Martin's Griffin
Action & Adventure
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
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