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Akhmed and the Atomic Matzo Balls: A Novel of International Intrigue, Pork-Crazed Termites, and Motherhood Kindle Edition

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Akhmed and the Atomic Matzo Balls is peopled by some of the most unpleasant, malevolent, and stupid characters you can imagine — but it’s so clever and funny that I, the reader, was delighted to follow their complicated, self-serving, insane machinations. … Gary Buslik loves words. His prose is rich and vivid.” —Bookworm Room

Akhmed and the Atomic Matzo Balls "definitely contains many thoroughly revolting, brain-curdling, nail-biting scenes that will ensure you will not only be unable to close it before you are through; no, you shall remain wide awake rereading some especially and sickeningly delicious passages." —Simply Jews blog

"You will love this book! It has been a long time since I have laughed like this — it's the best since Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." —NoisyRoom blog

About the Author

Gary Buslik writes novels, short stories, and essays, and he teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also the author of A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean.


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  • File Size: 1062 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1609520696
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales/Solas House (December 20, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 20, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071LTQXI
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 27, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Gary Buslik is the finest commentator on the world's stereotypes. He skewers all, from softball commie dictators to the very rich capitalists. Along the way he hits just about everyone else, including his own tribe, English professors who sound as if they swallowed a thesaurus, to greedy omnivorous females. He takes a whack at Haitian crooks, Iranian leaders with a Napoleanic complex, and lest we forget, hungry termites that have developed a taste for exotic fine dining. He keeps writing, I keep reading.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Ann Weibel on February 22, 2012
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I read Buslik's earlier novel, A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean, and laughed my head off, so I was delighted to learn about his newest effort. I downloaded Akhmed and the Atomic Matzo Balls in electronic format as soon as it became available. I am also a travel writer and once in a while I need to put down the pen and lose myself in a good read, hopefully one that makes me laugh. During a recent visit to Costa Rica, I laid on the beach with my eReader, roaring in laughter over the antics of three world leaders looking to destroy the U.S. with atomic Matzo balls. Only the demented mind of Buslik could come up with this scenario. In his always irreverent voice, Buslik takes pot shots at everyone and everything, leading us down a twisted road of plots and sub-plots so bizarre that they are actually believable. If you want to laugh, or just escape into a good book, Akhmed is a great choice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Literary Marie on May 29, 2012
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May 29, 2012
Akhmed and The Atomic Matzo Balls

Meet Akhmed, the quirky Iranian president whose only regret was not hooking up with Rosie O'Donnell, who keeps magazines scattered on the floor near his bed, who eats matzo balls soup, has a short-man complex and is strangely paranoid. "Pork makes you stupid" is just one example of his classic one-liners. Interesting enough main character for you? Yes, indeed. But the president has a more elaborate, serious plan. He wants to destroy America by smuggling radioactive matzo balls into Miami Beach and detonate them with explosives.

Back in America, we are introduced to other characters. Professor Les Fenwich just learned he is a father of a 27-year-old Republican named Karma. Karma is soon to be married and wishes her "Popsie" to walk her down the aisle. Professor Les is unknowingly brought into President Akhmed's plan along with Karma's mother.

Akhmed and the Atomic Matzo Balls is not meant to be a fast read. In fact, I found it necessary to read at a slower than usual pace to keep up with the terrorist plot, the multiple characters and their individual plans. I also read slower to appreciate the witty one-liners and clever dialogue.

This novel is a fine example of creative writing. There is no other book that combines international leaders, bizarre circumstances, star-crossed academic lovers and radioactivity in a hilarious, sometimes offensive, and oh-so-entertaining setting. The cover is also striking and what I call "public-friendly." While reading Akhmed and the Atomic Matzo Balls in public, I was questioned twice about the book's contents. (Aside from the artsy cover, I was probably questioned because I literally laughed out loud from reading a funny passage.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Carolina Parrothead on February 12, 2012
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There was a time no so long ago when I actually believed many of the important people intricately involved in world affairs like government, religion, and business knew what they were doing. Yes, it was a sad and stupid mindset but I have never claimed to be the sharpest knife in any drawer, although I have lived most my life in South Carolina, which should by itself be an acceptable excuse.

Since then I have come to terms with my sad and naïve condition. These days my more enlightened observations suggests to me that human civilization is nothing more than a game of "King of the Mountain" that has gone on far too long and is being taken far too seriously by the participates. What drew me to this conclusion was my nasty and unhealthy habit of reading history.

Being a father I would love to buy a sixty foot sailboat, load up my kids and depending of my mood that day maybe even my wife, and sail off searching for some safe harbor well out of the strategic line of fire. In my mind, the usual destinations are Tasmania or the south island of New Zealand but these beautiful and enlightened places have very little use for Americans unless they arrive with big bucks which leaves me up poop creek without a canoe, much less the paddle or a lifejacket. So what is a well intentioned but hopelessly befuddled dude like me suppose to do? I usually placate my fears and insecurities about an increasingly uncertain future by submerging myself in a good book that makes fun of the whole situation.

Such a book is "Akhmed and the Atomic Matzo Balls" by Gary Buslik.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Simon on July 12, 2012
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I loved Akhmed and the Atomic Matzo Balls, written by Gary Buslik, a literature professor (if you can believe that!) and probably not too unlike at least one of the characters in the book, a stereotypical eccentric, nerdy professor (might want to keep a dictionary handy) with a wardrobe in crisis. I recommend it to cure depression. Hysterical and offensive to everyone, Buslik doesn't let up on peppering the entire story of dictators, despots and sort of normal others with shameless humor and wit. He captures the psychological and often pathological underpinnings of human nature set in the context of current events and maligned relationships. No one is safe here, so if you're not too thin-skinned, read "Akhmed" for a great time all by yourself. It's a five-star comedy, says Rega Petlin with comments by Leevy Rachel.
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