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Smokescreen [Kindle Edition]

Khaled Talib
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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


"Original and Bold Plotting" - The Examiner
"Authentic and Compelling"
"An intriguing international thriller of conspiracy and espionage." - Crime Thriller Hound
"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
"Extraordinary Thriller." - Expat Living Singapore

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

Product Details

  • 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
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #937,688 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 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 Riveting International Suspense/Thriller May 27, 2014
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The debut novel, SMOKESCREEN, by Khaled Talib is a riveting international suspense/thriller that has a unique plot, fast-pace action, and vivid descriptions.The story begins when unknown persons wants to kill the Israeli Prime Minster after the Israeli government secretly makes major concessions in a peace treaty with the Palestinians.The announcement of this historic peace deal is to be made in Singapore upon the prime minister's visit. An unsuspecting high society magazine reporter, Jet Westrope, has been picked to be the scapegoat for this assassination.

Jet is first pulled into the diabolical plot when he is framed for the murder of a beautiful woman who had tried to warn him of this conspiracy. On the run from unknown assailants, Jet must find out who is her murderer to clear his name. But in his desperate search for the truth, he is drawn deeper into danger when he uncovers his involvement in the sinister plan to assassinate the prime minister.There are several unexpected twists and heart-throbbing action leading to the climax.

What make this novel stand out was the unique plot and unexpected twists. Khaled Talib is a master at creating heart-throbbing action scenes. His vivid descriptions of Singapore and other locations made me feel as if I was there. A must read international thriller/suspense.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent thriller January 15, 2014
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"Smokescreen" by Khaled Talib is a fast paced, action packed and highly intelligent espionage thriller that I must highly recommend.
It concerns an assassination plot, in this case the killing of the Israeli Prime Minister on a visit to Singapore. Talib does an excellent job at showing the different sides and interests in this conspiracy story that has a great complexity of plot, to say the least.
Exposing connections between unlikely allies and focusing on the role of Singapore in the peace process covers some of the well researched and plausible background for the story, but this novel is not limited to political and diplomatic issues.
There is plenty of action, violence, sex even and powerful writing that makes for a gripping read and fast turning of the pages.
The setting in Singapore has been a particular plus for me for personal reasons but it adds a new aspect and dimension to the 'issue' of Israel and the peace negotiations that I am certain will be appreciated by many readers. There are several great scenes that as responsible reviewer I must not spoil for you but let me assure you that Talib is creative in his writing. Realistic dialogue, fast pacing and well chosen characters make for an explosive combination that keep the readers interest and suspense up throughout.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
I loved this book it was really well written kept me in it right to the end. If like thrillers about espionage then this one is for you. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Jeffrey Bruff
5.0 out of 5 stars A thriller for today’s audience
Smokescreen by Khaled Talib is a thriller for today’s audience. It’s got a politically driven plot based on current events, an everyman hero, and enough double-dealing and deranged... Read more
Published 3 months ago by CA reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An exhilarating thriller
Jet West is a journalist for a lifestyle magazine in Singapore, his life is turned upside down when he is singled out to be a scapegoat in the assassination of a Prime Minister. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ajoobacats
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly Written Espionage Thriller
By Khaled Talib

The scene of the story is set in the Island of Singapore, where the Israeli government are seeking to put an end to the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by C.R.PUTSCHE
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling tale of international intrigue
This is definitely a fast-paced work. The main character, Jet West, isn't introduced as the most likable guy. He's a self-indulgent womanizer who's due to get his come-uppance. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent read, with an excellent twists
(I purchased this book on ) Khaled Talib's first novel is an action packed political thriller that had me guessing the ending right until the very end. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Deborah Mitton
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read
Fun to read, plenty of action. The author makes a great job at making the characters realistic. Excellent descriptions, fantastic story. I really enjoyed this book.
Published 5 months ago by Claudia Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Doubleshot Book Reviews 5 stars !
Smokescreen is a fast paced thriller that blends real life conspiracy with fiction. A tale of espionage at it's finest with a well developed cast of supporting characters. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Heather Faville
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 9 months 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 10 months ago by Rhonda Holle
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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. The author is a member (overseas) of the Crime Writers Association UK. He resides in Singapore.
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