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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Silent Rivers Press (November 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615547699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615547695
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,045,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Filled with explosions, multiple double crossings and distrust among the characters--all the ingredients for an unyielding political thriller running full tilt. - Kirkus Indie

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I enjoyed this book and finished it rapidly as the story is engaging with likable characters.
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Etc etc etc - you must turn the pages of this book without too much information before hand to maximize the effect of the quality of Bull's writing.
Grady Harp
The novel has a captivating and engaging plot that takes you deep into the culture and politics of Iran..makes you almost feel as if you are there..
Dugee

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James E. Langmesser on December 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
Begins like John Le Carre and ends like Tom Clancy. Impressive debut novel. Starts in a Le Carre world of fun house mirror perspectives where nothing is quite what it seems to be. Requires reader to focus very attentively on the small decisions and details that made early loom large later. Ends in a manner worthy of Tom Clancy. Shows a very sure command of the U.S. national security establishment and how it does--and doesn't--always work well together. Revealing portrayal of international banking and money flows as well as a credible use of high tech. Altogether a fine, satisfying read that makes you look forward to his next effort.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Raucous Rain on February 22, 2012
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Eugene Bull's The Persian Gambit hooked me right from the start. The main character, Peter Graser, is an appealing guy - someone who I could root for. (I hate it when I dislike the protagonist; this was NOT the case in The Persian Gambit, as Peter makes an attractive lead character.) In addition, there several other key characters, both male and female, who are quite engaging. I particularly fancied was Roya, the Iranian woman with whom Peter shared a close relationship. The intrigue of the thriller was most compelling, and I finished reading the book in three sittings. Not to spoil the story for future readers, let me simply say that I enjoyed the plot twists as well as being transported across the globe as it all played out. I found Mr. Bull's first thriller to be both entertaining and exciting, and I definitely look forward to reading his next novel!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dugee on February 4, 2012
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The Persian Gambit is an excellent read! It is a mix of espionage style/romance intertwined with Middle Eastern and Western politics and cultural flavors. The novel has a captivating and engaging plot that takes you deep into the culture and politics of Iran..makes you almost feel as if you are there.. and a part of the story!! The unpredictable twists and turns in this plot keeps you reading way past your bed time and certainly makes for an excellent first novel!! Great job Mr. Bull!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Owen on August 6, 2012
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This book was fantastic and hard to put down. Mr. Bull's protagonist, Peter Graser, is a believable desk jockey that gets caught up in a James Bond world. Mr. Bull skillfully mixes a D.C. background with history and intrigue in the Middle East. He carefully develops his characters throughout the book, and leaves the reader with a brilliant ending. It is a fascinating read, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys Tom Clancy novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bylls on April 9, 2012
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If you enjoy espionage, you'll enjoy this book. The main character is believable; he is not superhuman, just a guy caught up in the circumstances of his life and his job. The author keeps you engaged throughout. Not an easy task, especially for a new author. Kudos!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 15, 2012
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Eugene Bull not only fully understands how to keep a read well-paced as he develops his novel of suspense and intrigue in THE PERSIAN GAMBIT, he takes us one step further. There is more information in this novel about the situation in Iran, delivered at a time when all eyes are focused there, as any book around. The background of the country, including viewing it from the sites of being a child there and then growing into the stance of the State Department here viewing the espionage and governmental changes and vagaries as an adult gives us a fairly solid view of what makes Iran such an important focal point.

Very briefly Peter Graser finds himself at a party where he witnesses the sudden death of one Cox from an allergy to peanuts: he is observed by members of the Iranian government and a series of fascinatingly drawn spies and counterspies and undercover agents all of who become entangled in the fascinating intrigue that develops as Peter is accused as being the cause of Cox' death. He is off to Iran where his childhood sweetheart Roya is struggling with Iranian governmental dealings and the chase is on. Etc etc etc - you must turn the pages of this book without too much information before hand to maximize the effect of the quality of Bull's writing. But getting back to the manner in which the author instills so much information about Persian-American relationships, allow a quote from on of his pages (Roya to Peter): 'Take a hard look at your country, Peter. You say you want democracy, yet in '53, you overthrew a democratically elected prime minister to install the dictator shah. For what reason? Oil. Then in the Iran-Iraq war, you play both sides against each other and provide Saddam with chemical weapons to use against my people. Did you care how many people would die? No.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terri J. Rice TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 18, 2012
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Peter Graser is quickly caught up in more than he counted on as a mid-level State Department analyst. Attending a party to gain information he is suddenly the suspect in the murder of Assistant Secretary Cox. When Cox drops dead, Peter attempts to revive him with CPR. Later it is discovered that Cox was deathly allergic to peanuts and peanut dust is all over Peter's jacket.

More and more incidents occur that implicate Peter over and over. But he trusts Brenda Thorpe (Torp) implicitly with all his information. And that might prove to be a mistake.

Or perhaps the mistake is in trusting his childhood friend, Roya, a girl he loved from the first day in grade school. She never left Iran and even turned down Peter's marriage proposal long ago so great was her love for her country.

And then there's Irina and Maximov two Russian spies with connection to the personnel at State Deptartment.

Persian Gambit is full of intrigue, turncoat spies, murder and a very good plot.

Eugene Bull is an attorney at a federal government agency in Washington D.C. and it is this intimate knowledge of D.C. and the government workings that make this book exciting and believable.
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Eugene loved reading thrillers from an early age. After several failed attempts to produce a novel, he realized that his writing was stymied because he lacked access to the information and experiences he needed as an author. Fast forward to 2007, after several years as a stockbroker and financial advisor, Eugene had completed law school and was in the midst of a busy legal career. His work included investigating high-profile international cases involving major publicly traded corporations. The facts in the cases often read like the fiction Eugene had been reading over the years. And by 2007, Eugene's extensive international travel, his legal career, and the Internet had erased the disadvantages he had faced the first time he attempted a novel. The Persian Gambit, his first novel, was written in under a year.

To learn more you can follow him on Twitter - https://twitter.com/#!/One2Thrill - or find out news at his Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eugene-Bull/132221513554621.

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