“The Falcon is real and he’s going to find a way to attack our country unless I stop him – unless we stop him,” Conner sternly warns in Newt Gingrich’s novel, Duplicity.
~ What ~
Marine Brooke Grant has always looked up to her uncle, especially after he and her aunt raised her. Loyal and patriotic, the twenty-four-year-old woman wants her protective uncle to be proud of her.
When Brooke diffuses a suicide bomber in London, she receives the notoriety that offers her a position protecting the U.S. embassy in Somalia that President Allworth prompted to open quickly to increase her polling numbers before Election Day.
Forty-six-year-old Gunter Conner may be the CIA station chief at the Mogadishu embassy, but he has another agenda. He wants to find the head of the radical Islamic group that murdered most of his family.
Being used as players and pawns in a potential cover-up, Brooke and Conner choose separate paths to protect America while back home, politics play pivotal roles in the two’s survival after eighteen hostages are taken.
~ Why ~
Knowing Gingrich served in the thick of politics in Washington, I was intrigued by him writing fiction. I found his book engaging, keeping me interested with short chapters that flowed succinctly. Earley’s help added the necessary pointers to enhance visualization.
~ Why Not ~
If you do not like fiction with minor profanity, adult situations, and scenes of torture and murder, pass on this one. With an abrupt ending, the book left me with unanswered questions to be unveiled hopefully in the sequel.
~ Who ~
Author Gingrich was Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and candidate for president in 2012. He has written several books with three being best sellers. Reporter and author Earley was a 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist and has written extensively about the Unites States’ government.
~ Wish ~
Since the book was written by someone who has ample experience of the backroom decisions of Washington politics, it did contain some interactions of the jockeying done between parties. I wish it provided more of the inner-workings of our government’s decisions regarding international topics.
~ Want ~
If you like political intrigue with protagonists who wish to do what is best protecting others from radical terrorists, this is a fast read regarding politics, controlling religions, and human behaviors.
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
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