It's not easy for an American author to deal with a topic like jihad, but Mr Stopa manages to keep direct anti-jihadi rhetoric in check. He does not make sweeping judgments on the jihadis, though he does favour the American point of view (nothing wrong with that).
The book is engaging and after a point I just didn't want to put it down. It's got a strong and suspenseful build-up and well-written climax, and you're always wondering what will happen next. However, I do wish there would have been some transition in the two lead characters (Hamilton and Mustafa), both stuck to their points of view, but neither identified with the other; instead, they just wondered why the other behaved in a particular manner.
Mr Stopa's wide experience in military/ intelligence is quite obvious when you read the book. However, he needs to refine his dialogues and narration. Some of the dialogues seem forced, and Mr Stopa sometimes writes sentences like "He was a good man..."
With some refinement and better editing, the book would have been a better read. Hope Mr Stopa takes care of this in his next book.