Dan Fespermans award-winning novels have transported readers to the heart
of some of the worlds most volatile places: Yugoslavia during the Balkan Wars
in Lie in the Dark and The Small Boat of Great Sorrows (A new
standard for war-based thrillersLos Angeles Times), and Afghanistan
during the last days of the Taliban in The Warlords Son (A first-rate
geopolitical yarnEntertainment Weekly). Now he turns his sights closer
to hometo the secretive, overheated world of Guantánamoto give us a
galvanizing new thriller.
Revere FalkFBI veteran, Arabic speakeris an interrogator at Gitmo, assigned to a hold-out, a Yemeni prisoner who may have valuable information about al-Qaeda. But these duties are temporarily suspended when the body of an American soldier is found washed ashore in Cuban territory. No American has ever turned up dead on the wrong side of the fence before. Suddenly, Cold War tension is back, and Falk finds himself at the heart of it when hes put in charge of the investigation into the death. Almost immediately he senses an unusual level of interest in the proceedings: from his commander, from the Cubans, and from the various factions of the military. And when the Defense Intelligence Agency unexpectedly sends its own team to reinforce the investigation, Falk understands that there is much more at play than anybody is willing to admit. He is drawn into a game of evasion and pursuit, a game whose stakes spike dangerously when a figure from his past reappearssomeone who knows secrets about him that he had hoped were buried forever.
An intricately layered, blistering tale of subterfuge and deception at the highest, most hidden levels of the government, and in the most intimate, and vulnerable, moments of individual lives, The Prisoner of Guantánamo is as timely and razor sharp in its depiction of lifeand deathat Gitmo as it is unstoppably suspenseful.
On the first day of his transition from captor to captive, Revere Falk stood
barefoot on a starlit lawn at 4 a.m., still naively confident of his place among
those who asked the questions and hoarded the secrets.
Falk was an old hand at concealment, trained from birth. The skill came in handy when you were an FBI interrogator. Who better to pry loose the artifacts of other lives than someone who knew all the hiding places? Better still, he spoke Arabic.
Not that he was putting his talents to much use at Guantanamo. And at the moment he was furious, having just returned from a botched session that summed up everything he hated about this place: too few detainees of real value, too many agencies tussling over the scraps, and too much heatin every sense of the word.
Even at this hour, beads of sweat crawled across his scalp. By the time the sun was up it would be another day for the black flag, which the Army hoisted whenever the ...
What comes across loud and viscerally clear is the all encompassing presence of the US military, controlling every aspect of the base, and the people's lives therein, irrespective of which side of the bars they happen to be.
(Reviewed by BookBrowse Review Team).
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Cuba is the largest country in
the Caribbean (780 miles long, 140 miles
at its widest point) with a population
of about 11 million; and infant
mortality, life expectancy and literacy
rates on a par with the USA (6.45 deaths
per 1,000 live births, 77 years life
expectancy, 97% literacy). It suffered a
severe economic recession in the 1990s
following the withdrawal of subsidies
from the former Soviet Union and has not
yet recovered to its pre '90s strength.
About 1.5 million tourists visited Cuba in 2004, including about 100,000 Americans (despite the travel ...
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