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Seven Days From Sunday (An MP-5 CIA Series Thriller Book 1) Kindle Edition

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M.H. Sargent does a masterful job in his novel Seven Days from Sunday.  The scenes are described in such a way that draws the reader into the story.  I felt I was in Iraq along with the characters as they struggled with each obstacle set before them.

I normally don't read military stories even fictional ones but this book was surprisingly entertaining and extremely hard to put down.  I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone that likes a good suspense novel. ~ Joe's Book Reviews


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      The man was actually shaking so hard that Adnan Hanjour could have sworn he heard the man's teeth chatter. He had been dressed in an orange jumpsuit and brought to this room that had two bright lights illuminating the black backdrop that had been hung just for the occasion. The man had been forced to kneel in front of the lights that were nearly blinding in their intensity, his hands tied firmly behind his back. All the others, a total of six of them, stood behind the prisoner, each wearing a long scarf across his face so that only his eyes were showing, and arrogantly holding a machine gun, or in the case of al Mudtaji, a long, sharp sword.
      Al Mudtaji stood directly behind the kneeling man, reading the charges against the infidel. At one point the man mumbled something, but his words were indistinguishable. Not that it mattered. The man's fate had been sealed the moment he was kidnapped and confirmed to be an American.
      Adnan fidgeted nervously as al Mudtaji continued reading with great zeal. He looked toward the video camera that was recording everything. This was a live event for those with Internet access. For those who missed it, the al Jazeera network would soon beam the American's beheading into living rooms and offices throughout the Middle East.
      Worried that he would somehow be recognized, Adnan self-consciously touched his scarf, making sure it hadn't slipped. He knew only his eyes could be seen and since his dark eyes were like millions of others, it was hardly revealing. Even the scarf was not his own, but one borrowed, further reducing the chance that a friend or family member would recognize him.
      Still, he couldn't help but worry. While al Mudtaji and his men had been somewhat suspect of him, he had come through for them and had been given the distinguished honor of standing in the Ring of Allah for the beheading. He glanced at the prisoner who was trembling so violently that Adnan wondered if the man's heart would give out. If he wasn't so scared himself he might have laughed out loud at the irony.
     The man, who was contracted to drive trucks for a large American company, had been kidnapped just north of Baghdad. Once it was discovered that he was indeed an American, his kidnappers had put him up for auction. Adnan briefly wondered if the American knew that. Or that al Mudtaji had traded an old truck and several weapons for the American. Al Mudtaji had gotten a good deal only after it was discovered that the American had a heart condition that required medical attention.
      By the time al Mudtaji had successfully traded for the American, the large man had taken a turn for the worse and in wheezing gasps had explained what type of medicine he needed. That's when al Mudtaji himself had walked into the pharmacy where Adnan worked. Clean shaven, wearing Western clothes and rimless eyeglasses, he had hardly looked like one of the country's most wanted terrorists. As for Adnan, he couldn't believe his luck - for weeks he had been trying to figure out how he could get close to al Mudtaji. Now the terrorist had walked right through his door. Unbelievable.

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  • File Size: 1082 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Salt Castle Publications (January 18, 2010)
  • Publication Date: January 18, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00359FHZ6
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M.H. Sargent got on the bestseller list with Seven Days From Sunday, a taunt thriller set in Iraq. Since he didn't fight too much with the characters he created, he kept them around for each of the next seven books in the MP-5 CIA series. Sometimes he still wants to kill off McKay, the sexy doctor/CIA spook, but so far, she has survived just fine. Sargent lives in Arizona with a lab mix that needs his regular doses of Prozac, a German Shepherd that guards the homestead and a cat that rules the roost. He enjoys long hikes, mountain biking and writing, not necessarily in that order.

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159 of 162 people found the following review helpful By Comorant on June 16, 2010
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I'm reading my third M.H. Sargent book is as many days and not getting much sleep. Seven Days from Sunday and the other two works from this independent author are all well crafted, have memorable characters and many twist in plot to keep your attention. Like a Grisham novel, Sargent sets the hook early and weaves a story that keeps you turning pages until late in the night. Centered around the Iraq war, the context is fresh with lots of action and intrigue. The author does an excellent job of developing his characters, each with distinct personalities that are consistent in each book. While most modern fiction has a central theme of sex,corruption and ample profanity, it's refreshing to find a good clean read.
Grisham was an unknown when "A Time to Kill" was published. I suggest M.H. Sargent falls in the same category. Only marketing and name recognition stand in the way of this author's works on the NYT best seller list.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By L. Elstun on March 12, 2010
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Fast paced thriller that I just couldn't put down. It was believable and the characters were well rounded. Highly recommend this book. I can't wait for another book with these characters or another Sargent book.
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60 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Caliopia on March 29, 2010
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What an exciting read this was. I enjoyed the character development in this well edited & formatted book. To me, a sign of a good book is how fast I rushed through it, the faster I read, the more exciting and interesting it is. I finished this one in record time. Thank you for a well-crafted read.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Angela Long on February 12, 2010
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This is a wonderful thriller. The characters, both the Americans and the Iraq characters are memorable. The pace is sharp and keeps going. Hard to put it down. I kept wanting to read just a little bit more. Very well done. The author, Sargent, he did a very great job of keeping my interest whether it was what was going on with the Iraqi people, or Americans. Very good.
My 16 year old daughter just read this and loved it. Fun to share a good book with your kid.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sedona Leslie on March 23, 2010
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I don't even remember how I found this book, but I'm glad that I did. Always happy to find a new author and see what they have to offer. M.H. Sargent writes crisply, with well-defined characters. The story moved quickly, and held my interest from start to finish. I also loved the fact that each chapter was broken down into short segments, which is great for someone - like myself - who regularly grabs reading time in short spurts. Can't wait for then next book by M. H. Sargent!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on June 5, 2010
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This was a 99 cent Kindle book. It sounded interesting and got good reviews so I thought what can I lose for 99 cents. I lost nothing but found a very good new author. The setting is in Iraq where a Sunni terrorist beheads an American civilian on TV and threatens a major incident "seven days from Sunday." The story obviously revolves around an effort to prevent this, but also around an Iraqi pharmacist and his fiancee, half-sister of the terrorist, who are drawn into the situation against their will. The story is well written, face paced, and never boring. As with many of the 99 cent Kindle books, there are some problems with spelling and grammar but not enough to distract from the story. There were also areas that I thought were probably implausible with the Iraqi culture, but I am no expert. Perhaps if I were, I would have rated it lower because I do like basic accuracy, even in fiction. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading more of Sargent's work.
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful By William C. Mead on June 11, 2010
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Seven Days From Sunday by M. H. Sargent (Kindle version as of 6/10/10) has enough rough edges that I stopped reading at 10%. There are some annoying typos in the Kindle version. Also, there are a few grammatical errors. The writing style is fairly basic, probably at a high school or early college level. Furthermore, the content seems to be limited in odd ways. To the point I've read, the characters and plot seem rather flat.

Here are a couple of quotes to illustrate the peculiar style and content.

"He had been on these CIA jets a few times over the years and it never failed to amaze him how fast the luxurious airplane could fly."

"McKay had noticed that the flat machine was connected to an IBM notepad computer by a thin cable."

If these two sentences satisfy you, perhaps you will like the book. I find these and many others to be weak in both style and content. If you consider the subject matter (including some violence) suitable for late teens, or you enjoy reading books with a simple style, I would add an extra star to the rating.
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33 of 44 people found the following review helpful By kris k on March 28, 2010
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Or at least have someone that is ex-military proof your books!

1. Army Rangers are NOT based in Ft. Hood Texas.

2. "H" is HOTEL not HENRY.

3. All too many errors such as "listed and unlisted soldiers..." detract immensely from the story!

The writing is good, the story intriguing, but so many of these errors wound the effort!
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Helen, I just saw this post. Thanks so much for your kind words. I really appreciate it.

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