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Smokescreen [Kindle Edition]

Khaled Talib
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At an ancient café in Cairo, two veteran spies plot a covert mission to resolve — once and for all — the Israeli – Palestinian conflict. The pledge: Israel will make a major concession as part of the peace treaty. In Singapore, Jethro Westrope, a magazine journalist, stumbles onto the scene of a murder: the beautiful Niki Kishwani directs him, in her last breath, to a digital recorder, evidence that puts Jethro’s life in serious danger. And, much worse, he is framed for Niki’s murder. Jethro sets out to find Niki’s killer and is drawn into a web of deception and intrigue involving officials from the Singaporean, Israeli, and American governments, each with a complex, competing, and potentially deadly agenda. Against this pulse-pounding backdrop, Jethro races to find answers and save himself —yet nothing is as it seems. He finds himself at the centre of a political plot so diabolical and sweeping in its world implications that he is stunned to discover tomorrow’s news headlines today. He is being set up not only as a murderer but as an assassin, and something much larger than his own fate is in his hands.

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"Bourne-like." - Times of Israel. 
"A  must read for 2014." - Digital Journal. 
"Ample adrenaline." - Millennium Post (India)
"International, realistic, and above all intense. " - Book to the Future
"Explosive combination." Christoph Fischer, author and Amazon Top 500 reviewer. 
" A Hollywood blockbuster." - Book Haven. 

From the Inside Flap

Devious! Diabolical! Lurid! Intelligent and deftly plotted. Pick it up if you dare. Put it down if you can. 
- Ruth Harris, million-copy New York Times Bestselling co-author of Hooked and Brainwashed


Khaled Talib's novel Smokescreen is a cocktail of Deighton, Ludlum, Hitchcock, and two parts adrenaline. 
- Keith Thomson, author of the New York Times Bestselling novel Once A Spy


In this action-packed thriller, Khaled Talib explores the little-known relationship between Singapore and Israel, spinning a web of international intrigue that expands across the globe as inexorably as it tightens around his protagonist's throat.
- Jon McGoran, author of Drift

I have published two novels set in the police and security services in Singapore, and I am here to tell you that Smokescreen is nearer to the truth of that closely controlled little country than you might believe. It is a gripping and creepy tale of how governments can rig the way we all see the world. 
- Jake Needham, author of The Umbrella Man and The Ambassador's Wife

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  • File Size: 1518 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lightning Originals (December 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H4CVRL8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #794,994 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thriller exposes Israel-Singapore connections January 7, 2014
By Ellis
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a fast-paced espionage thriller that exposes the very real connections between Israel and Singapore. Israel established diplomatic relations with the island country in 1969 and the two nations enjoy a reportedly "extensive security relationship". This fact was confirmed by Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's controversial founding father, who wrote in his book that the Israel Defense Forces helped established the Singaporean army. Singapore has purportedly made major purchases of surplus IDF tanks, as well as aircraft, anti-aircraft missiles, and surveillance technologies.

In this thriller, someone wants the prime minister of Israel dead. This follows secret talks held between Israel and the Palestinians, including Hamas, which could lead to Israel making serious concessions in exchange for peace. The historic announcement detailing this peace deal is to be made in Singapore upon the prime minister's visit, and that is where the assassination will take place. Similar to conspiracy theories surrounding the killing of U.S. President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, blame for the assassination will be placed on a patsy to divert attention from the real conspirators.

The man chosen to take the blame for the assassination is "a simple guy" who works for a glossy Singapore magazine. Jet West is not the "next Jason Bourne" but he is thrown into a Bourne-like set of complications that quickly get out of control. A beautiful woman is murdered and Jet escapes the scene, yet the gun used to kill her is found in his apartment. But that is the least of Jet's worries. He soon learns that is going to be involved in the plot to kill the Israeli prime minister. "You're just the unlucky guy chosen to die," he is told, a sentence he refuses to accept.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast-paced page turner. Hugely enjoyable. January 6, 2014
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Set on the island of Singapore, this high octane thriller from debut novelist Khaled Talib has everything the thriller reader could wish for. I like my thrillers fast-paced, full on and with high body counts. This novel does not disappoint in any of those aspects. I have been following Khaled on Twitter and his enlightening, inspiring and sometimes amusing muses have been a delight to read. His first foray into fiction doesn't disappoint. It is a roller coaster from start to finish. With a healthy sprinkling of shady spies (including the enigmatic X), ruthless assassins, and Chan, the ambitious, powerful and duplicitous politician, this book is difficult to put down.
At the centre of the story is the unfortunate Jet West, a journalist who is plunged into the middle of a plot to kill the Israeli prime minister. The Israeli government want to put an end to the Palestinian conflict by making major concessions to bring about peace. But there are those for whom peace with the Palestinians is to be avoided at all costs. Jet is chosen to be a scapegoat. Painted as a radicalised convert to Islam, he will be blamed for the murder of the prime minister of Israel when he comes to Singapore for an official State visit. Jet is framed for murder and on the run in a country where it is difficult to hide. What those who would see him as an easy target for manipulation find to their cost is that he is a fast learner, a man who quickly discovers who his friends really are. Courted by the American, diplomat, Dexter, Jet refuses to trust anybody except himself and Nicole, a friend of the woman whose murder Jet has been framed for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping yarn of international intrigue. January 4, 2014
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It gripped me from the very first paragraph, right through every single page till I got to the last sentence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thrill a Minute April 6, 2014
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Whenever I read a thriller there is always a temptation – which I try to avoid – to mention such well-worn classic clichés such as ‘fast paced’ and ‘page turning’ and ‘labyrinthine’. In this case though that is difficult as that is precisely what this book is, however it would be disingenuous of me to dismiss them in this case.

Smokescreen is an apt title for a novel dealing with political chicanery and this is evident from the first pages, I found myself getting ready to relish a story that felt international, realistic and above all intense. I was not disappointed. With a high body count and some nice detailing, I was in my element, in fact I defy anyone to reach that state of mind when there is a character called Hong Kong Chong in the mix.

As well as being of a topical nature, there is room for a brief history lesson and this comes in the form of Singapore/Israeli connections stretching back to the sixties which was something I was not familiar with beforehand. A little research always adds depth to a story though and it certainly brings extra layers to the already convoluted (but by no means confusing) machinations of the plot line.

As you would expect from a book of this nature, the duplicitous entanglements are abundant with double crosses enmeshed betwixt scenes of dramatic action, that smoothly define the international corruption and power play. Espionage is as old as houses but with a Singapore location and its bureaucratic if less well-known relations with Israel then there is a feeling of a story less read here.

Overall it’s a light book – one that you will read in a one or two solid sittings – albeit one that also feels like it has substance as well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great For The Assassination Buffs and For Everyone Else
To all of the assassination buffs; THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU!!!! Khaled Talib first presents us with factual information about the relationship between Israel and the island of... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Erik Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue and adventure
This is a fast-paced spy/political crime adventure with plenty of plotting, lying, and colorful characters that kept me on the edge of my seat.
Published 1 month ago by Rhonda Holle
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting International Suspense/Thriller
The debut novel, SMOKESCREEN, by Khaled Talib is a riveting international suspense/thriller that has a unique plot, fast-pace action, and vivid descriptions. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Linnea Tanner
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Reviewed by Anfal Khaliq
This book was absolutely amazing! It did not disappoint. I loved the plot and the book was really well-written. I will be reading more by this author. Read more
Published 3 months ago by khalid ghumman
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent thriller
"Smokescreen" by Khaled Talib is a fast paced, action packed and highly intelligent espionage thriller that I must highly recommend. Read more
Published 6 months ago by ChristophFischerBooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
Exciting, fast paced and story vividly told.
Highly recommended for readers who love suspense.
Well written and each scene is cleverly told. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars ...like watching a Jason Bourne film as I flipped page after page...
Smokescreen is a captivating story leading readers into the genre of espionage noir, revealing a rich and colourful tale of political deception across countries and continents. Read more
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Khaled Talib is a former journalist with local and international exposure. He has worked full time for magazines including Singapore Tatler and Egypt Today. His articles have been published and syndicated to newspapers worldwide, and his short stories have appeared in literary journals and magazines. He is also the author of The Little Book of Muses, a collection of personal muses for writers and aspiring authors. He resides in Singapore.


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