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"Conrad Prosser, immersed in the civil disorder of early-'80s Beirut, employs whatever means are necessary to expose the organization behind a series of car bombings. The possibility of bloodshed at any moment keeps the story at an elevated level of suspense. Even the more languid moments move with a searing undertone. Uncertainty among the characters, coupled with relentless gunfire and explosions, make for an extraordinary novel, each page as eruptive as the city providing the setting." KIRKUS REVIEWS

"Dynamite Fishermen is an absolute stunner of a novel. It's clear Fleming has done his research and it shows in the seamless dialogue and the ease at which he tackles the task of conveying the wartime ambiance. This is a must-read for history buffs - although I feel strongly everyone will enjoy the rapid pace and captivating suspense. Fleming is a writer deserving of many accolades." SAN FRANCISCO BOOK REVIEW

"In Dynamite Fishermen, Preston Fleming depicts heedless violence as a way of life from the perspective of an American intelligence officer. The story falls during a lull in the long running Lebanese civil war, a period plagued by daily car bombings, civilian shootings, artillery attacks and other mayhem. As many details of this conflict continue to reverberate today, this intelligently written novel provides a compelling page-turner and a memorable story." PACIFIC BOOK REVIEW

"An intelligence officer who has dodged making decisions and cleaning up his messes is forced to face the consequences, showing resourcefulness and last when he must. Fleming does know how to spin a yarn... his fiction has more verisimilitude than many others in the genre." BOOKPLEASURES.COM

From the Author

I wrote Dynamite Fishermen and Bride of a Bygone War to clear my head after eleven years of government service in places like Beirut, Cairo, Tunis, Jeddah, and Amman.  I had already decided to write novels at age fourteen, during my first year as a boarding student at Exeter.  My English instructor, a World War II combat veteran, advised those of us who wanted to follow the path of Melville, Conrad and Hemingway to first go out and live some adventures so that we would have stories that people might want to read. My adventures started in the Middle East and continued in Washington, Europe, the Russian Far East, Maui, Utah, New York and Boston.   Though my most recent novels are set far from Beirut in a future dystopian America, I intend to write more stories set in the Middle East before long.

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  • File Size: 2086 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: PF Publishing (January 8, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 8, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EV84PS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,045 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Preston Fleming was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He left home at age fourteen to accept a scholarship at a New England boarding school and went on to a liberal arts college in the Midwest. After earning an MBA, he managed a non-profit organization in New York before joining the U.S. Foreign Service and serving in U.S. Embassies around the Middle East for nearly a decade. Later he studied at an Ivy League law school and since then pursued a career in law and business. He has written five novels.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bob Fitzconner on December 9, 2013
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I found Preston Fleming's spy thriller set in 1981 Beirut, Lebanon, a bit slow to start with. Seeing that it's quite a long work, I thought I might struggle to remain interested in what appeared early on to be a turgid documentary of a desk jockey's exotic after-hours life in the Middle East.

But it kept drawing me back, and proved a satisfying read. Mr. Fleming writes well - he creates atmosphere and tension, and makes one care about the everyday people lost in the fog of someone else's war.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By calicocat on August 1, 2014
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I have read several novels by Preston Fleming and I have not been disappointed yet. They are well-written, timely, plenty of action and well-developed characters. This book presents the setting of Beirut in the 1980's amid all of the conflicts going on at that time. This is a realistic spy novel, not one of the over-the-top spy novels (although I like those too). I would suggest, for those of us who do not know the history of those times and the area, that a brief factual history of the time period and some maps be included in the book. There are a lot of different factions involved in this story, and it can get confusing as to the allegiances of these factions. Overall, this is a great read, and I am looking forward to reading all of Preston Fleming's books.
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52 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Laker on May 23, 2014
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I am a news junkie and am much more informed about the Middle East than your average reader. I have also traveled to the area a number of times although I have never been to Beirut. In spite of this, I found the book to be pretty hard to read and follow. First the author spends considerable amounts of time talking about businesses, streets, green lines etc. etc. but includes no maps to orient the reader. I would have preferred some maps instead of all the verbal gymnastics. Second, the author talks about all of the political groups, where they dominate, etc. etc. I have some knowledge of these groups and their allegiances, but it really is too much to expect the reader to keep up with all their names, who they represent, and what they are trying to accomplish, especially from thirty years ago. Also I find it kind of boring that the author is telling a story about spying etc. when the technology was fax machines, onionskin paper, and physical message drops, who is really interested in how these things were done years ago.

I also found it really hard to keep track of the characters and who they were, I did not find it interesting to try to remember who was doing what. This was a book were the Kindle X-ray would have helped but it was not included in this book. Also the characters were very one dimensional, so the reader never really get's a chance to understand who they are.

In my mind the two biggest events in Lebanon were the bombing of the marine barracks and the U.S, embassy and so I thought all the way through the book that the author was leading up to these really important events. Unfortunately the story is not about the build-up to these events because they never happen in the book. How is it possible they are not included?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Todd on February 18, 2015
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As one who has worked and lived, loved and experienced the heartache of Beirut, it was as if I was back.
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33 of 47 people found the following review helpful By David Island on June 1, 2014
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“Dynamite Fishermen” by Preston Fleming is set in Lebanon in the early 1980s -- I think -- during the time when Henry Kissinger was US Secretary of State. The characters are almost interesting, most being in the US (or some other country’s) diplomatic corps (in truth – spies) with the local spies and the spy-wannabes they run, and the detailed short history of the never-ending mid-east conflict within the political realities or the era is quite good. It is the time of the Iran-Iraq conflict.

I don’t have much to write in review because actually there is no story here. It’s more like a diary than any other story mode. The author tells this anecdotal story mainly via conversation among his characters, as they walk the ever-mysterious fine line between betrayal, info-gathering and violence – which characterized Beirut at the time. For me, the story never once made sense, never moved beyond a snapshot of the dangerous life of foreigners in Beirut at the time.

Throughout my reading of this very short book, I kept hoping that the story would actually begin, and once in a while it almost did -- in fits and starts. The shooting scene in the apartment was well done, for instance, but sadly that’s all there is to say about this attempt at fictionalizing a fascinating, recent mid-east history.

It’s a 1.49, rounded down to a 1. Sorry, this book just isn’t very good, and mainly because there is no story at all, no denouement, no thrills, no point of view – just dialogue without a discernible plot
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jan Reber on September 9, 2014
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It is rare to find a novel of espionage written with such gritty realism. Much of the novel takes place in cars in and around a very dangerous Beirut in the early 1980's. The danger on the streets and the complex relationships between warring factions are presented in a visceral, exciting, and thought-provoking way. So why not five stars? The author throws it all away with a mind- numbing effort to make very very certain that the reader understands the symbolism of the title. After treating his readers as adults all along by offering an exciting but realistic story, the author dumbs himself down by spelling out the "meaning" of the story. Readers deserve better.
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