LION OF BABYLON
Marc Royce worked for the State Department on a variety of clandestine assignments -- that is, until personal issues led to his dismissal.
When Alex Baird goes missing in war-torn Baghdad, State comes calling again. Alex is an intelligence agent -- and a close friend of Royce. Three others have also dropped out of sight -- a nurse, an aid worker, a wealthy young Iraqi. Are these cases linked? Rumors circulate about a kidnapping conspiracy, yet both American and local officials refuse to pursue it.
Blocked at every turn, Royce eventually unearths a trail of secret encounters between sworn enemies. What he discovers could transform the course of rivalry and reconciliation throughout the Mideast. As the human political drama escalates, can one man summon the courage to make a difference?
Simply stunning! It's been a long time since I've read a political thriller and was worried I wouldn't be able to 'keep up' but that wasn't the case at all. I didn't know anything about the Iraqi government or the political situation beyond some vague assumptions I have made from watching the news, but Bunn does an incredible job of weaving explanations into dialogue and plot so skillfully that I didn't get lost once! In fact I was extremely impressed by the level of respect and deference he gave to the topic. And completely fascinated and charmed by the Arab culture he reveals.
The intrigue starts on the very first page and doesn't let up until the very end. Pair that with stellar action scenes and it makes for a breath-taking read that hurdles the reader toward an incredible climax.
But this is also a book about friendship and honour and trust. And it's about the peace that only the Savior can bring even in the midst of chaos.
Amazing and thought-provoking and definitely unforgettable. This would make a fantastic book club selection.
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