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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.
Check out my website at http://anthonyneilsmith.typepad.com.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although the story was well-written like all of Smith's works, the protagonist never really drew me in. Ex-army ranger turned cop out for revenge...ok, nothing more nothing less...Published 6 months ago by nowing5
This was a fantastic book. I absolutely loved it. Smith is a top shelf writer in the vein of George Pelecanos and Elmore Leonard and whoever else you want to add to that list. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Edward V.
Really enjoyed this one. Interesting characters. Good story. Setting so real it reads like a news account. Recommend very strongly.Published 8 months ago by Dutch
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 morePublished 9 months ago by CT
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 9 months ago by joe g
An interesting and timely concept with good characters, but the plot was pretty muddled in places, and the writing definitely needs more polishing.Published 10 months ago by Gary
Great book.....Not. Improbable premise, rigid characters, stuttering plot line. Had to stop reading halfway through, something I rarely do. Read morePublished 10 months ago by louielala