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“Without question the best book I’ve read this year.” —Mystery Scene
“With their intelligence and humanity, Alex and Marie are easy characters to root for—but even the bad guys are well-drawn and believable….This is first-rate fiction. Let’s hope Palmer has a sequel in the works.” — Kirkus, starred review
“Palmer’s first novel offers an insider’s look at the world of American diplomats stationed in foreign countries…. Pair this one with John le Carré’s The Constant Gardener (2001).”
“A timely thriller... A satisfying finale and a nuanced view of the diplomatic life.”
"The American Mission by Matthew Palmer cuts so close to the bone it could be nonfiction. It opens with one of the most horrific scenes I have ever read, which segues into a fast and furious story of international intrigue and corporate corruption, with nonstop action, vivid characters and crisp dialog. This is a thriller of great integrity and intelligence, written by an author who really knows his stuff. I highly recommend it."
—Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Monster of Florence and co-creator of the legendary Pendergast series.
“Superb! Embassy insider Matthew Palmer takes us inside the secret "club" of international diplomacy, and races his characters through political tightropes and hair-raising encounters. I read this tale at warp speed, thrilled all the way. With The American Mission, Palmer joins the exalted ranks of Follett, Forsyth, and Clancy.”—Tess Gerritsen, Internationally Bestselling author of Last to Die
“Talk about writing what you know — Palmer is a veteran diplomat and it shows on every page of his debut novel. Crackling with authenticity that sizzles with emotional clout, this is a superb debut by a coming star in the thriller genre. Five stars by any review.” —Steve Berry, New York Times
and #1 Internationally Bestselling author of The King’s Deception
“The American Mission is one of those wonderful novels, where great story telling is woven through with the intricate detail only a knowledgeable insider can supply. I loved it!”
— Iris Johansen, #1 New York Times
-bestselling author of Hunting Eve
“Bristling with high adventure and low-down international politics has it all - unforgettable characters, razor-sharp dialog, insider details that only an American diplomat would know, and an exciting love story. Reminiscent of Graham Greene, Mr. Palmer is far better than John le Carre. This is the sort of book you don’t want to end, and when it does, you crave the next one. Mr. Palmer is a rare talent. You won’t want to miss The American Mission."
— Gayle Lynds, New York Times
-bestselling author of The Book of Spies
"What a fantastic debut thriller...Only an insider with years of service in the diplomatic corps could detail the intrigues of the international and domestic politics of Africa."
—Taylor Stevens, New York Times
bestselling and Barry Award-winning author of The Informationist
As a retired Foreign Service Officer myself, I naturally found the parts of the book that describe the State Department to be the most entertaining to me. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Readr
Our book club read it and we enjoyed it very much. It's a page-turner and hard to put down. Very well-written.Published 1 month ago by Chas Wintermeyer
Have heard the author speak and he is a better story teller in person than he writes. The aspects of the book that deal with US government and state department process was... Read morePublished 1 month ago by T. C. Fahres
Very interesting and so far as I know, quite realistic on State and Kinshasa. (We did a Ouagadougou tour and I visited my wife once during her Kinshasa tour.)Published 3 months ago by Edward D Keeton
Credible layout - aside from that this seemed a hackneyed script for the progressives. All the markers are here i.e. one man against the system. Read morePublished 3 months ago by rusoviet
Matthew Palmer's "American Mission" and his more recent "Secrets of State" are well-crafted examples of what a talented writer can do with stories based on... Read morePublished 4 months ago by John M Lavery
Matthew Palmer's debut novel felt like two stories in one - the beginning was a slow building political thriller, the final third a fast paced action saga. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mark Hennelly Jr.
Very good novel that provides insight into the life of a U.S. embassy overseas. The lead is likable, as is the co-lead, and the villains are not one-dimensional, but are... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Edgar Allan Poet