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This book was not quite what I expected--but that turned out to be a very good thing. I'm not usually one for political thrillers, but this one captured me with its undercurrent of humor and it's unique, charmingly human, yet sometimes brutal characters. The point of view shifts between General Zia and a young officr whose general-father had hanged himself--or did he? At times horrific, at other times very funny, this book kept surprising me right up until the end. The reader was perfect as well.
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A good story, told in an interesting way. Sometimes I found it difficult to follow the timeline from one chapter to the next. For a debut novel, I would give the story is 3 stars; the narration, 5 stars. For those of us only vaguely familiar with Pakistan and its history, it would be easy to miss the satire. I found it helpful to read a little about the life and death of General Zia and his attempts to introduce Sharia Law into Pakistan. Although the story is fiction, many of the characters in the book are real, including the head of CIA Bill Casey, the American Ambassador Raphel, and the Pakistani officers such as Salik, Akhtar, and finally Zia's successor, Mirza Aslam Beg (wearing sunglasses!) In the backdrop, you have Congressman Wilson and the outrageous journalist and socialite Joanne Herring (of book and movie "Charlie Wilson's War.") I found the Wikipedia a good place to look up all these characters.
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