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much for that almost everything was completely bvious One big reveal later in the novel was something I figured ut very early Bec (The Demonata, on This isn t helped by how the author tells the story by weaving sectionsf the book between some The Further Mishaps of Charlie Chumpkins of the characters What ends up happening isne person will reveal some things in their narrative and then the next person s section backtracks with no surprises It might have been smarter to alternate between PoVs ften every chapter rather than larger sections This would have cut back n redundancies I m also not sure the primary female characters were as shocking as they were supposed to be You have to have mad internal strength to write an authentic loser Someone who s derailed so ften in life that loss has become a force f habit That kind f failure is never easy to contemplate and certainly a state f being no Our Planet: Our Home one wants to thoroughly plumb It s completely counter intuitive Resistance is so pronouncedn this front that you ll find an author hedging his bets attempting to draw distinctions that serve to distance this character from his Kakoong, Pahlawan Pulau Awan Vol. 8 own personality and cataloguef mistakes The man will get dumber The woman will get weak The edges will soften and slip into Everyman territory and that s fine if you want to write Everyman but Everyman isn t a loser Everyman s luck will go south no doubt but in a little while it s going to turn north again and things are eventually going to balance ut A loser is a hard and fast skidmark to death To write such a character well reuires communing with that part f yourself it s most difficult to be honest about and natural to be ashamed Journeys of Frodo: An Atlas of J.R.R.Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings of You ve got to get in touch with the loser you weren that ne monumentally humiliating day during that ne crushingly catastrophic month throughout that whole unholy godforsaken year Own that and then invest it in a character you re fully aware you re going to wind up caring aboutknowing all the while the profoundly epic nature f the fail you ll deliver as his due Mad internal strength Not many writers have itSteinhauer s main characters have lost Whether it s the dishonorably discharged divorced ex Marine now working as a contractor for the American embassy the CIA agent who s misplaced something he s mistaken for his heart in an affair he can t control the Egyptian Intelligence fficer hobbled by age apathy and disdain r the catalyst f the crisis that will eventually unite them all the diplomat s wife untethered by anything that might remotely resemble a soul It s fertile ground filled with failure set against the backdrop f Middle Eastern revolution and the violent eruption f regime change And while it is a complicated work while it is authentic to a point The Cairo Affair is missing a vital intensity at its core For me at least it got sidetracked by its A Stepdaughter In Heat (Daddy Daughter Sex Stories) own ambivalence and then stumbled into that Everyman territory and tangled itself up in attempts at redemption the setting arightf the befouled course A tangle it chose to stick with unfortunatelyIt s a fair book with good plotting and solid character studies from an author whom I suspect grew to care too deeply about his creations to allow them to be true to themselves Spy novels have dramatically changed from the ld formula when the chief antagonist was almost always a ruthless Soviet KGB agent and the battleground somewhere in the hidden lairs and trenches f Eastern EuropeThe Cairo Affair Is Reminiscent Of is reminiscent f Cold War espionage novels by John le Carr and Len Deighton instead establishing a modern setting f Northern Africa and the political gamesmanship In the End of the Muslim world This is a complex story involving realistic characters and many many uestions to be answered There is no clear winner among the players Not a single character could be considered a heror villain in the strictest sense and whatever victory achieved by any f them exacts such a heavy toll n the players that it could be said there was no victory at all The writing was very good and using the perspectives f several different characters for the same events did take some getting used to There is a complex layering f the storyline that should keep the reader guessing to the very endOlen Steinhauer s use f the nset f the events leading to the Arab Spring in. And has been assassinatedOmar Halawi has worked in Egyptian intelligence for years and he knows how to play the game Foreign agents pass him ccasional information he returns the favor and everyone's happy But the murder f a diplomat in Hungary has ripples all the way to Cairo and Omar must follow the fall ut wherever it leadsAmerican analyst Jibril Aziz knows about Stumbler a covert The Age of Treachery operation rejected by the Nothing is ever what it seems holdnto that mantra it will serve you well as a reminder while traveling through the pages f this globe spinning political conspiracy that will have you feeling like you are navigating in the Modern Political Panorama Through A House Of political panorama through a house f mirrors A smart complex story The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy of espionage that relies notn the thriller aspects but rather Seven Sisters New Quilts from an Old Favorite on the knowledgef what we don t know the intricacies Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop (Rouleur) of a tangled webf spy vs spyThe novel spans 20 tumultuous years 1991 2011 Muammar Gaddafi Hosni Mubarak the Arab Spring civil wars Tunisia Egypt Libya Yugoslavia and leaked political cables via WikiLeaks The historical significance f those years is powerful when compressed and reflected n and I suggest reading carefully the Collection Strategies that precede chapter 1 The story jumps back and forth through the years and employs different points When a Man Loves a Woman of view which helpsnce you chalk up any contradictions to point f view and not actual contradictions The cast f characters is daunting at times some critics suggest superfluous I didn t find that the case Steinhauer keeps a sharp forward focus Keep From Falling on a twisting plotf foggy alliances and surprising betrayals the characters weaknesses and strengths are revealed subtly dangerously I admit to stumbling with reckoning a bored blonde manicured middle aged lady that lunches being recruited to work in such a deadly theater Who knew the days Catalogue the Insanity of thebvious iron bowler hatted r metal toothed giant no good niks would give way tobasicallymeas much for
Maybe a case f the perfect front Nothing is ever what it seems About all you can be surea case Shrek of the perfect front Nothing is ever what it seems About all you can be sure with The Cairo Affair is that it comes together into a good slick read and may possibly leave somef you trying to uiet some uncomfortable thoughts beyond which Steinhauer novel to read next This espionage novel shows that personal relationships can be as fraught with lies and betrayals as international relations The story is told from multiple points f view and in both the current time and the past From the flashbacks the reader knows there is a terrible past event that drives much f the current plot We don t get to the description Look Alikes Jr. of that event until near the endf the book but as the flashback story goes n the tension ratchets up and upFilled with twists and turns this is another impressive Olen Steinhauer novel that I recommend to all espionage readersSide point Given the current times I was struck by *one comment that a critical mass f people in the streets can change a country The comment was made about * comment that a critical mass Architecture for the Shroud: Relic and Ritual in Turin of people in the streets can change a country The comment was made about Arab Spring but it resonated for me about the US today and that s not something I thought would apply herer would need to An effective espionage story with realistic characters a few brief but intense action scenes and a broad canvas spanning from the 1990s Balkan Wars through the not so long ago Arab Spring Steinhauer s lean prose is impressive as is his LeCarresue LeCarrian ability to weave a non linear narrative without fumbling the many threads LeCarre fans should look into this Collecting and Exhibiting Computer-Based Technology: Expert Curation at the Museums of the Smithsonian Institution one meanwhile I ll be checkingut some He Remembers the Barren of Steinhauer sther works REVIEW THE CAIRO AFFAIRSophie Kohl wife The Early Girl Gets the Blood Wolf of Emmett a diplomat at the American Embassy in Budapest is horrified to see her husband shot in frontf her She flees to Cairo to her ex lover Stan Bertolli a CIA agent and becomes embroiled in a world Diary of a Library Nerd: An Erotic Diary of One Woman's Metamorphosis of espionage and double dealing Jibril Aziz a US analyst in possessionf a list The Stonemere Park Breast Essays: From The L.C.T.F. Archives of namesf Libyans willing to start an uprising has met with Emmett shortly before his death He is desperate the list does not fall into the wrong hands There is a covert plot STUMBLER in the pipeline in which the CIA wish to take credit for the Arab Spring and a regime change From start to finish this book is packed with action written by a man who knows the world Let the Wolf Howl of espionage Thoroughly recommended for loversf thrillers This is The Resistible Rise Of Benito Mussolini of a 35 star rating This book was selected for the upcoming seasonf my nly in person book club and I probably would not have read it therwise It was a uick read that I knocked Blue Guide New York out in a few hours and there are a few things that made it enjoyable rather than use James Bond erar post WWII era as the setting for a novel f espionage Steinhauer uses a combination f the former Yugoslavia in the early 90s and BudapestCairo immediately following the Arab Spring The differences between cul. Sophie Kohl is living her worst nightmare Minutes after she confesses to her husband a mid level diplomat at the American embassy in Hungary that she had an affair while they were in Cairo he is shot in the head and killedStan Bertolli a Cairo based CIA agent has fielded his share Homesick of midnight calls But his heart skips a beat when he hears the voicef the A Criminal Affair only woman he ever truly loved calling to ask why her husb. Libya and Egypt as the backdrop as well as flashbacks set in civil war torn Yugoslaviaf the early 1990s was brilliant It s an eminently engaging story but definitely not a thriller Sangue Derramado or mindless romp Asne would expect in spy novel there are many betrayals and the lines between friend and foe are incredibly murky Ultimately it is a novel about the domino effect f betrayals and the ever widening circle "Of Deceit Over A Span Of Over Twenty YearsOlen Steinhauer "deceit ver a span f ver twenty yearsOlen Steinhauer be considered a major talent in the genre I ll continue to read whatever he writes Messalina a la Emma Bovary Steps into Espionage Thriller I don t read many espionage novels but saw a promo for this ne read the description and thought I d take a chance Ten pages in and I was hooked Steinhauer makes the reading experience pleasurable with good dialogue an intriguing subtext and setting and a suspenseful storyline involving the spycraft in Cairo and a plot in Libya to verthrow GaddafiI felt toward the main character Sophie about the same as I did toward Madame Bovary at least for most f the book in that they had similar character defects the latter s were much worse The ending here was brighter than was Emma B sI enjoyed the heck ut f this book honestly didn t like this book While it seemed like a book I would enjoy a thriller based n serious world issues I found myself constantly confused and bored with the storyThe story begins with a bang literally as Sophie while sitting in a restaurant confesses to her husband about the affair she had while in Cairo The husband is then shot while still in the restaurant almost directly after the admission Now the tumultuous writing suited this section Confessions of a Teenage Hollywood Star of the book as it fit well with the emotions the wife was feeling during this time period but the writing had been confusing even before this sceneccurredThe storyline flops back and forth between perspectives in a way that is confusing and annoying to keep up with I normally don t have any difficulty keeping track Precious Stones: Their Occult Power and Hidden Significance of different perspectivesr changing time periods within a story but I found that with this book I really struggled to keep upThe information in this book is also really confusing If you want to really understand what is going The Proletarian Revolution and the Renegade Kautsky on in this book you re going to need a thorough understandingf what is going n in Libya and with ther current events If you re like me and have Works Days only just glanced at the news and absorbed a little bitf what re like me and have nly just glanced at the news and absorbed a little bit f what been happening you re going to be constantly scratching your head in confusion throughout this bookI also found the ending really disappointing I absolutely hate it when the ending f the book seems like the author just ran ut Heart of the Wood of steam and ended the storyr as if there are a few pages missing The ending to this story felt exactly that way The nly thing I am hoping is that there will be a seuel even though I won t read it and that is why the author ended the book the way that he didOverall I
found myself very disappointed in this book It was confusing andmyself very disappointed in this book It was confusing and to read taking away any enjoyment I might have gotten ut Bloodmage of the bookI received this book for review purposes via NetGalley God in His infinite wisdom Did not make me very wise So when my actions are stupid They hardly take God by surprise Olen Steinhauer The Cairo AffairI love great genre fiction Steinhauer represents somef the very best f modern espionage literature While he hasn t yet reached the level f le Carr he is now reaching towards the top shelf Thinking Through Food: A Philosophical Introduction of literary spy fiction with peers like le Carr Littell Furst etc The Cairo Affair is an important bookmark in espionage fiction In this 21st Century post 9 11 world Steinhauer along with le Carr is the go to fiction writer to understand the nuancesf private contract espionage post Soviet global realignments and the moral failings Making Instruments Count: Essays on Historical Scientific Instruments Presented to Gerard L'Estrange Turner of a waning American empire all with a non US centricutlook Every Sigh, the End on espionage and foreign policy The Cairo Affair highlights the fact that the CIA is slowly losing its place as the gravitational centerf the spy universe at least in fiction and seems to have lost its principled idealistic foundations as wellThis isn t nearly a perfect spy novel There are flaws and imperfections through The Secret Language of Competitive Intelligence the Secret Language of Competitive Intelligence out What I appreciate about it is Steinhauer isn t looking to land an easy jump He is jumping into complicated territory and I ll grade him a bit easier kno. IA than anyone So when it appears someone else hasbtained a copy f the blueprints Jibril alone knows the danger it representsAs these players converge in Cairo in The Cairo Affair Olen Steinhauer's masterful manipulations slowly unveil a portrait f a marriage a jigsaw puzzle f loyalty and betrayal against a dangerous world f political games where allegiances are never clear and utcomes are never guaranteed. .
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