This is the fourth book I've read by David Lender, and it ranks up there with the best of them. It has heart-pounding excitement, spies, high level intrigue, US and Saudi corridors of power, a clash of civilizations, and a story of unbridled suspense and action. Lender's books have the same excitement and drama as books by Robert Ludlum, Ken Follett, and Tom Clancy. In Arab Summer, Lender departs from his more familiar themes of Wall Street and high finance, to set a powerful story in the heart of Saudi Arabia, the seat of Muslim power and culture. With the clever hat tip, the historic and tumultuous Arab Spring is the springboard to Lender's revolutionary Arab Summer. If you think the Arab Spring brought major change to the Middle East and North Africa, Lender's story propels it to an even higher cataclysmic level in the very center of the Islamic world in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. His book adds a thrilling geopolitical roller coaster ride through the intrigues of Arab culture, the Saudi royal family, jihadist terrorists, and revolution in the holiest of Islamic cities. The pages turn fast as one follows the compelling story of the protagonist, a beautiful, young American woman recruited by the CIA for a daring mission across continents that never seems to end. Her life and relationships with very powerful men drive the story forward in a testosterone fueled blaze of adventure. All the while, Lender gives us a knowledgeable lens into the unique culture and customs of Saudi Arabia, and the different power factions competing for supremacy in the Muslim world. If you want mind-numbing excitement and suspense in an exotic setting with compelling characters, Arab Spring is a great read that you will not be able to put down! Enjoy!