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Dynamite Fishermen [Kindle Edition]

Preston Fleming
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Book Description

FROM SAN FRANCISCO BOOK REVIEW
American Embassy worker Conrad Prosser simply can’t catch a break in Fleming’s captivating novel. Despite his fluency in Arabic and impeccable record of gathering intelligence, he’s overlooked for promotion. Then he discovers he’s being followed. Perhaps his affair with the beautiful Rima (sister of a prospective agent) will help soothe his soul – although that, too, seems unlikely to last.
The beauty in the story lies in Fleming’s description of the ways people carry on in the face of daily violence. Markets close during the violence, but open at the first sign of cease-fire. Nightlife continues to throb with people looking for a good time and a strong drink. Love blossoms and dies. Jobs are gained and lost. Fleming’s understanding of the way individuals carry on despite the turmoil seems genuine and spot on.
Set in the mid-80’s Beirut, 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. Preston Fleming is a writer deserving of many accolades.

FROM PACIFIC BOOK REVIEW
In Dynamite Fishermen, set in Beirut in the early 1980's, 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 almost daily car bombings, civilian shootings, artillery attacks and other mayhem. The complexities of the Arab-Israeli conflict and inter-Arab conflicts play out in small clashes throughout Beirut, making it a microcosm of the Middle East.
Conrad Prosser is an American intelligence agent whose routine is to meet with his local contacts and glean whatever news will help to analyze the overlapping conflicts. His constant exposure to violence has left him with a fatalistic attitude because there is really nothing anybody can do in Beirut to be safe.
Prosser's relationships with his sources are impersonal. His relationships with women are no better. Ultimately, he has no purpose except to survive and do his job, and the women in his life invariably become involved in some way with his work. As many details of this conflict continue to reverberate today, this intelligently written novel provides a compelling page-turner and a memorable story.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Beirut, 1982. Conrad Prosser is a skilled Arabist, expert agent handler, prolific intelligence reporter, and a connoisseur of Beirut's underground nightlife. But, as his two-year tour at the U.S. Embassy nears its end, Prosser's intelligence career is in jeopardy because he has not recruited an agent while in Lebanon, a sine qua non requirement for promotion.

Surveying his many contacts, Prosser selects an attractive Lebanese doctoral student and her idealistic brother as candidates for development. At the same time, he holds clandestine meetings by day and night with his string of Lebanese and Palestinian agents, pressing them to discover who is behind the latest wave of car bombings that has terrorized Muslim West Beirut. But when one of his agents supplies information used to capture a Syrian-backed bombing team, Prosser sets off a cycle of retaliation that threatens more than his career and cherished way of life.

At first denying, then later concealing, apparent attempts on his life, Prosser sets out to save both his job and his skin, exploiting his agents, his best friend, a former lover, his new girlfriend and her enigmatic brother. In doing so, he puts their lives at risk and discovers too late the effect of his heedless actions.

DYNAMITE FISHERMEN offers complex characters, fast-paced action, a vivid portrayal of human intelligence operations and the flavor of Beirut during its dark days of ci


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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 decency...at 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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2086 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: PF Publishing (January 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EV84PS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,679 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 1981 Beirut, Told As If By An Insider December 9, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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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30 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Author Presumes too Much of the Reader May 23, 2014
By Laker
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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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great example of the realistic spy-thriller genre 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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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spies, Intrigues, and Danger January 15, 2014
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My traditional style of reviewing isn't going to work for this book. Here's why Mr. Fleming has create another unique covert operations book that surpasses my dislike of political intrigue since my days in college. Mr. Fleming gives a fast paced and intriguing account of spying game thru the eyes of operative. The Dynamite Fishermen showcase an unique level of political intrigue that has pushed aside my dislike of political type books. The story showcases how easily, quickly, and dangerous it is to be a spy in Beirut. Mr. Fleming's vast background makes this book credible and heart pounding exciting too. I could identify with the lead male character on many levels personally~the fear of being caught and adrenaline rush of danger at any moment. I look forward to next book in series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars depressingly accurate but riveting
As one who has worked and lived, loved and experienced the heartache of Beirut, it was as if I was back.
Published 13 days ago by Todd
4.0 out of 5 stars Dynamite Fishermen
This book was an in-depth look into war torn countries, the effects on everyone involved. The narrative flows nicely and I could feel the warm Mediterranean breeze. Read more
Published 15 days ago by faith andrews
4.0 out of 5 stars Dynamite fisherman
This was a pretty good read. A little dry but with enough action to keep it going. It had a very realistic feel to it and came across as a recollection of actual events that... Read more
Published 1 month ago by GW
3.0 out of 5 stars I had a somewhat empty feeling at the end of this novel..
I thought that there was too much confusion with the different characters and factions in play in the middle east scenario. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jui49
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Published 1 month ago by Gail M Lipomi
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book!
I really enjoyed this book. It was very well written. Almost like it was written about what is going on around the world today. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marvin H. Moon
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
The story has action and suspense, but the atmosphere is what makes it stand out.

The hero, Conrad Prosser, is a rather jaded spy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cheryl B. Dale
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
I really liked this book. It seemed very factual to the time it was set in and the descriptions of life in that area at the time were quite compelling. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kevin
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
If I was interested in a Geography lesson I 'd but a Geo, book !!!
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Espionage in Dysfunctional Beirut
The story of a CIA agent in war torn Beirut in the 1980's. It reads almost like a daily dairy. From being stopped at check points, to making sure you are not under surveilence, the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Henry Boekhoff
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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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