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All The Young Warriors (Mustafa and Adem) [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Neil Smith
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From a double cop-killing on the frozen streets of Minnesota to the burning sands of Mogadishu, Somali pirates and a brutal civil war, All The Young Warriors is an epic thriller spanning continents and cultures. Murder, warfare, piracy, love, betrayal and revenge – this is a white-knuckle ride for fans of James Lee Burke (the Dave Robicheaux series) and Michael Connelly (the Harry Bosch series).

Winner of the 2012 Spinetingler Award for Best Novel: Rising Star

When two of the Twin Cities' “Lost Boys” — young Somali men drafted to fight for terrorists back in the homeland — kill a pair of cops on his home turf, detective Ray Bleeker is left devastated. One of the dead cops was his girlfriend. The investigation grinds to a halt when he discovers that the young murderers have fled to Somalia to fight in the rebel army. He's at his wits' end until the father of one of the boys, an ex-gang leader called Mustafa, comes looking for answers. Bleeker and Mustafa form an uneasy alliance, teaming up to help bring the boys back home. But little do they know what Somalia has in store for them.

"a brilliant book, possibly the best novel of the year." – Les Edgerton

"written with a sureness of hand and a depth of character that are impressive. A highly accomplished crime novel exposing an often unseen world." – The Big Issue

"All The Young Warriors will grip readers who enjoy the chance to slip into a foreign culture and also those who want a page-turning thriller" – Spinetingler Magazine

"a powerful story that is both riveting and meaningful" – Crime Fiction Lover

"this book is a classic in the making" – I Meant To Read That

"All The Young Warriors is a pretty rare beast, a clever page-turner. It deserves to be a bestseller and has film adaptation stamped all over it." – Loitering With Intent

"a courageous novel that raises a lot of pertinent questions" – Dead End Follies

"Smith writes with force and clarity" – The Chicago Tribune

"Smith's version of Minnesota is no Lake Wobegon; the inhabitants are refreshingly made up entirely of the deranged, the damaged, and the doomed. If you can picture the intellectual and physical mayhem that might have resulted from a Jim Thompson and Harry Crews collaboration, you'd be on the right track. But Anthony Neil Smith is his own writer — and a very fine one, indeed." – Booklist

Also by Anthony Neil Smith featuring Mustafa and Adem: Once A Warrior.

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About the Author

Anthony Neil Smith is a novelist and writing professor, currently the Chair of the English Department at Southwest Minnesota State University. He’s the author of the Billy Lafitte series, plus a number of other books in the crime and horror/bizarro genres. His next Mustafa & Adem novel is Once a Warrior.

Product Details

  • File Size: 594 KB
  • Print Length: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Blasted Heath (December 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GWGYE58
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,186 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best book of 2011... November 7, 2011
By OzNoir
Format:Kindle Edition
All The Young Warriors is by far the most accomplished and ambitious novel yet by Anthony Neil Smith. In ATYW, Smith touches on religious fanaticism and the impressionable American inner city youth misguided by recruitment vultures who feed their delusions by selling broken dreams and false prosperity with the acclimation for cause - a rebirth of faith. At the thrillers' heart lies a breaking man whose second lease on life is taken away at the hands of a merciless thug turned terrorist-in-training; Jilbriil. Having his partner and unborn child gunned down sets a turn of events in motion which sees the streets of Minnesota and the desert landscape of Somalia run red with vengeance and unjustified blood lust.

Bleeker (the meaning namesake 'bleak' not lost on the casual observer) mourns his partner's passing by fueling his rage across continents, leaving no stone untouched in his quest to rid the world of his personal demon. Accompanied by an unlikely alliance in the form of a local gangster whose son, Adem, has been caught up in the terrorist plight - Bleeker's investigation leads him down a path populated by extremists, pirates, killers, and government officials alike.

All The Young Warriors, for it's graphic depiction of murder and retribution, retains a sense of realism delivered through heart thumping emotion and pulse pounding clarity. The aspects of a world ravaged to ruin and ruled by violence, yet softened by a few kind souls is thought provoking and awe inspiring. Smith has delivered on one of the best books of 2011 with each chapter further evidence of his ability to demand a reader's attention and hold it until the very end. Captivating and utterly essential. 5 stars.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent, Dark New Novel from Anthony Neil Smith October 31, 2011
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The plot, in short: on their way to the airport, an American-Somali gang-banger and his relatively innocent friend shoot two cops in Minnesota. They're on their way to Somalia to join the civil war and "figure out what it's like to be Somalia." The gang-banger finds his true calling in the war; the innocent friend finds that he's out of his depth. Meanwhile, the lover of one of the slain cops and the father of the innocent friend begin looking for the pair, tracking them through the criminal underworld of Minnesota and all the way to Somalia.

This is a dark, violent book. Smith doesn't shy away from the violence visited on people, especially in Somalia. In Smith's hands, this adds to, rather than detracts from, the story. The book moves fast, and the suspense ratchets up throughout. There is also an authenticity to this book -- I'm not aware that the author visited Somalia for research, but the book certainly reads like he did.

After his outstanding YELLOW MEDICINE and HOGDOGGIN' (not to mention his e-only CHOKE ON YOUR LIES), I'd been eagerly waiting for a new Anthony Neil Smith book -- I'm happy to report that I was not disappointed.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read for 2011 December 11, 2011
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I really, really enjoyed this book for a number of different reasons. The complexity of plot was terrific and really kept me turning the pages. The locations were outstanding, from the freezing environments of Minnesota to the heat, dust and chaos of Somalia. And it wasn't just the locations that offered the contrasts ---- you had the two 'pairs' of men that the story revolves around; Bleeker and Mustafa, and JibriiL and Adem, who due to their actions and motivations were forced to work together to survive but were never totally comfortable in each others company. You also had contrasts in religion, Bleeker's Christian motivations for revenge and Jibriil's drive for Muslim rule in Mogadishu. You also had the female characters portrayed from very different aspects providing a lot to think about beyond the story itself. This book is a massive departure from Anthony Neil Smith's previous work and a significant advancement in his ambition and ability to tell a great story. And a book that will give you a great deal to think about well after you have finished it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ripped From the Headlines March 27, 2012
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It's curious how many years one can go without reading a book about Somali gangs and pirates, and then to read two in one year...

Earlier this year, I read "Crossbones," of which I wrote: "A young man of Somali descent disappears from his Minneapolis home. His stepfather, Ahl, and uncle, Malik, a journalist, travel to Somalia in an attempt to find him and bring him home. This is the post-Blackhawk Down Somalia, before and in the early days of the Ethiopian invasion to drive out the Islamic Courts and restore - with U.S. backing - a more secular government. It is a dangerous country for everyone, particularly journalists and opponents of the Courts. The author takes the reader on a lengthy tour of recent Somali history and politics, Islamic thought in urban and rural Somalia, piracy and fishing disputes, kidnapping as a political and economic weapon, terrorism and bombing, and international relations in the Horn of Africa. The author, Nuruddin Farah, takes too much time dealing with family back-and-forth discussions about their histories and the Somali character, and many of the characters within the family are among the least interesting. Of more interest are the pirates, Shabbab terrorists, and their financial enablers. It's a good read, but not a great one."

"All the Young Warriors" treats essentially the same subject, but in a very different way. Anthony Neil Smith has written an action novel that pairs a burned-out, small-town, Minnesota cop with a former Minneapolis gang-banger of Somali descent to bring back from Somalia the killer(s) of the cop's girlfriend; one of whom might be the Somali's son. Stateside, they battle to form a trusting relationship while working to break the chain of recruitment to jihad of young Somali-Americans living in the nation's heartland.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tough look at American kids going overseas to kill for Islam
I've read some wild and great crime fiction by this author and loved it. This story hews closer to reality than his other stories and this makes it a bit heavier of a read. Read more
Published 20 days ago by CT
3.0 out of 5 stars It was a bit tedious to read
Reading was interesting and certainly current. It fit in with current affairs in Minneapolis. It was a bit tedious to read, and hard to get back to.
Published 26 days ago by joe g
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Stupid and goofy in parts.
Published 1 month ago by Jo
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and timely concept with good characters, but the plot...
An interesting and timely concept with good characters, but the plot was pretty muddled in places, and the writing definitely needs more polishing.
Published 1 month ago by Gary
1.0 out of 5 stars Great book.....Not. Improbable premise, rigid characterization,...
Great book.....Not. Improbable premise, rigid characters, stuttering plot line. Had to stop reading halfway through, something I rarely do. Read more
Published 1 month ago by louielala
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for Me
I definitely had a difficult time getting through all the violence. The editing was poorly done as well--full of mistakes and redundancy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karen Taghi Zoghi
5.0 out of 5 stars Killers and Saviors
took me a few pages to get into the book, but the characters were interesting and the plot was easy to follow. Read more
Published 2 months ago by drhcruises
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkably good book. What starts out looking like a police ...
A remarkably good book. What starts out looking like a police procedural is actually the story of two young American-Somali men who venture to Somalia to fight in a holy war. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Christopher Rhatigan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Contemporary subject matter considering ISIS threat.
Published 6 months ago by Dennis Urick
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational
Another winner from Smith, one of the best writers working today.
Published 6 months ago by Liam Jose
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More About the Author

I write crime novels. PSYCHOSOMATIC, THE DRUMMER, plus the Billy Lafitte series--YELLOW MEDICINE, HOGDOGGIN', and THE BADDEST ASS--and the Mustafa & Adem series--ALL THE YOUNG WARRIORS and ONCE A WARRIOR.

My latest novel, WORM, was published in January 2015.

My e-original CHOKE ON YOUR LIES was published in January 2011.

My entry in Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin's DEAD MAN series, COLDER THAN HELL, was published by 47North in January, '13.

I'm the Chair of the English Department at Southwest Minnesota State University.

I like tacos. I like red wine. Usually cheap red wine.

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