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This is the third in a series about Marid Audran, a street hustler turned crime honcho in an Arabian city in a well-thought-out future world. The previous books, When Gravity Fails and A Fire in the Sun , featured skillful writing and engaging tales. This latest effort is short on both. The story sees Audran and his boss, Friedlander Bey--one of the two most powerful men in the city--set up by Bey's rival, Shaykh Reda Abu Adilp. 171 , and exiled on false charges to the desert. But the exile and their journey across the desert with the Bani Salim tribe who rescue them p. 79 , while seemingly the main plot, wind up being merely the prelude. The bulk of the book concerns Audran's quasi-criminal dealings in the city (where the law is mostly what Bey says it is) both before and after the exile. Audran is a likable and interesting narrator, but the ending occurs much too quickly and there's far less advancement of character in this novel than in the prior two. Those who haven't read the preceding volumes will have no idea what's going on here, but anyone who has read them will be undoubtedly be disappointed by this sequel.
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Marid Audran, reluctant right-hand man to Friedlander Bey, one of the Budayeen's most influential power brokers, finds himself and his boss framed for murder and exiled to the desert--from which Bey's enemies hope they will never return. Set in a future where even the Muslim world has succumbed to cyber technology, Effinger's ( When Gravity Fails , Morrow, 1987; A Fire in the Sun , Doubleday, 1988) latest Budayeen novel contains a tongue-in-cheek hero, a plethora of action, and a background filled with exotic detail. Purchase where the previous novels have a following.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orb Books; Reprint edition (June 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076531360X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765313607
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,099,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
After reading the first two books at the age of 16 and 17, I waited and waited for The Exile Kiss to arrive on the shelves. The day I found it felt like the second/third coming of a saviour who perilously navigated me through the dangerous streets of the Budayeen, and then to the fascinationg Arabic world outside of the city. His seeming transformation from pill-popping, whore banging hell-cat to a more refined, cultured arabic gentleman had me somewhat dismayed, but I found that in all reality, Effinger was just showing MARID'S cunning and shrewdness in adapting to necessary environmental changes. When in Rome!!! We do find that you can take the Maghrebi out of the Budayeen, but you can't take the Budayeen out of the Maghrebi. The only element missing in this excellent third installment in the life of Marid Audran and Friedlander Bey is another 1000 pages. There was a tease about a fourth book called Retribution, which I have been anticipating with baited breath. So, the long of the short of it...Read all three books, When Gravity Fails, A Fire In the Sun, and The Exile Kiss, and you will be introduced the one of the most interesting and fascinating antagonist/protagonist in the literary world. Don't let the Sci-Fi setting disuade you from this adventure, I'm not a Sci-fi fan at all, but have become a adamant Audran/Effinger follower, as will you. Please harass Effinger to give us our fourth installment of this fantastic saga. GBA San Diego, CA
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
The price might seem steep for a paperback, but be glad you can get at least two of Effinger's three Marid Audran novels in some form (I notice A FIRE IN THE SUN is also listed here, but it seems the first one, WHEN GRAVITY FAILS, is still out of print).
It's genuinely obscene that these novels aren't still available in mass market editions. These are three of the most entertaining novels I've ever read -- and, yeah, I've read a bunch.
Effinger blends science fiction and the hard-boiled detective novel seamlessly and more effectively than anyone else who's attempted it, then sets the whole thing in one of the most interesting and unusual worlds you can imagine. We've seen the futures of Los Angeles and Tokyo more times than any of us can count -- but what about the future of the Middle East? The Budayeen, the sleazy setting of these novels, is a place you've never been before in any form, and it's a place you'll wish you could visit in real life -- even if you could end up with a knife in your back.
These are just great novels. The only thing more disappointing than the fact that Bantam Spectra let them slip out of print is the fact that Effinger stopped at three, when Marid Audran and his world were still so rich and intriguing.
One last thing, though: Don't call 'em cyberpunk. First off, they ain't -- and second, Effinger reportedly hates that.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on December 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
The Exile Kiss (1991) is the third SF novel in the Budayeen series, following A Fire in the Sun. In the previous volume, Marid confronted Reda Abu Adil with his wrong doings and Abu Adil offered up Umar Abdul-Qawy as his scapegoat. Marid also gained a token agreement regarding the Phoenix file. Friedlander Bey gave his permission for Indihar to move into the palace, but only if Marid married her and adopted her children.

In this novel, Marid is still adjusting to marriage with a woman who lives elsewhere in the palace and he is feeling awkward with the children. What does Marid know about being a father? His own father moved out of the household when he was only four years old.

Shortly after the marriage, Marid accompanies Friedlander Bey to the Amir's palace, allegedly for a party to celebrate Marid's wedding, but really to reconcile disagreements between Papa and Abu Adil. Strangely enough, Abu Adil gives Marid a commission in the Jaish, an unofficial right-wing militia. Marid and Papa leave early, shortly after midnight, but they are kidnapped on the Amir's grounds by Lieutenant Hajjar.

They are taken in Papa's own limousine to the shuttleport and deported by suborbital shuttle to Najran, the capital city of Asar. Enroute, they are tried and convicted for the murder of Khalid Maxwell, one of Hajjar's policemen. From the Najran shuttleport, they are taken in a military helicopter to the Empty Quarter and left on the sands.

A group of Bedouin meet them at the drop point and take them elsewhere across the desert. When the Bayt Tabiti camp for the night, Marid imposes on their hospitality to refill his canteens. After the Bedouins fall asleep, he and Papa sneak away into the sands.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Ross HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
In this sequel to When Gravity Fails and A Fire in the Sun finds Marid Audran and his patron Friedlander Bey, framed for murder and sentenced to exile in Rub al-Khali in the Arabian Desert. As in real life, the Rub al-Khali ("The Empty Quarter") is a vast, uninhabited sand sea, from which no one emerges alive. The bulk of the book takes place there, as they are rescued by a tribe of Bedouin and undergo deep self-examination. The change of setting makes for a nice difference from the previous two books, and there's a bit more character development as well. As is to be expected, the duo make it back to Cairo to unmask the person who set them up and exact vengeance (rather like Stevenson's Kidnapped). Things work out a little too easily for them upon their return, but on the whole, it's another solid entry in the series.
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