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palestinian history teacher Omar Yussef travels from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip, where he becomes immersed in local violence and politics, in this over-the-top sequel to Rees's The Collaborator of Bethlehem (2007). Omar Yussef is a modest figure, quiet and middle-aged. When a U.N. official asks him to speak to a kidnapped schoolteacher's wife, he soon finds himself in the midst of international intrigue, dealing missiles over dinner, shouting down police officers and militants armed with machine guns and rescuing someone from a smuggling tunnel. These incidents seem a bit extreme for an aging academic, though his charm and calm demeanor are almost enough to convince the reader. The zany plot is interesting despite its implausibility, and the richly detailed descriptions, complete with deliberately brutal details of torture and death, emphasize Omar Yussef's peril and the violent tumult of the Middle East.
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A good look at the West Bank and troubles therein. Easy, fascinating readPublished 3 months ago by Barbara Garza
very realistic view of Palestinian life next to Israel...... Author knows his stuff..Published 6 months ago by Chris Kothe
From the aspect of a mystery story, the plots are intricate, there are always surprises that pop up just when everything seems solved, and there are always enlivening pictres and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ann Sprayregen
I'm always searching for insights into Israel/Palestine-Gaza. The Omar Yussef series is helpful, even though it's a mystery series and it follows that there's a strong focus on... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kitty Axelson-Berry
As you would expect from a journalist, the book is well written, and the words never get in the way of the story. Read morePublished 15 months ago by W. Frame
I enjoyed this author's first book; in this one, I found it hard to keep track of all the minor characters.
Will try one more, sometime...
Having been to the Gaza Strip several times over the last two decades, I find it diddicut to expla inPublished 18 months ago by Prime Member 2008 in WI
Such a good book. I loved Omar Yussef. Interesting to see the human side of a bad situation.
It's very worth the read.
I don't think it was as spell-binding as it could have been, especially when it was situated in the part of the world that it was. Read morePublished on October 18, 2011 by T. Brettschneider