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Trade [Kindle Edition]

Tareq Hassan
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Patricia Foley, anti-semite, homophobe, and previously one of the CIA's rising stars, has been exiled to the basement for the past ten years. Chase Anderson, chief of the Near East division and Pat's former mentor, feels partially responsible for her fall from grace. So he offers her a simple hand-holding exercise, but Pat has plans of her own. And figuring into those plans, Danny Golan, Israeli master spy, Pat's former lover, and the principal cause of her misfortunes.

Then 9/11 happens.


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"Most impressive is how real and distinct each of the many characters feels, especially with so few words afforded them. Readers might struggle early on with the multitude of characters and their overt and covert motivations, but as Hassan layers the meaning of the novel's title, readers who endure won't be disappointed. A fast, brutal thriller about manipulation, drugs and terrorism."  - Kirkus Reviews 

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  • File Size: 466 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006SA1ELK
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very fun read June 2, 2012
By Kate
Format:Kindle Edition
Trade is a gripping novel that captivated me from the very first page. The story is intriguing and fun to read, and I loved the characters.

The dialogue made the story come to life and seem more realistic, which is great. It's not always possible for an author to succeed at making a story about the CIA and 9/11 sound realistic, but this one manages it beautifully.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The inner side and workings of international espionage October 24, 2012
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This book is a political / spy thriller set in times right before, during, and after 9/11.

The terse, almost shorthand prose gives the sense of tension and suspense. The dialog is constructed of equally terse sentences and loaded with idiomatic expressions that provide the shortcut to the speaker's emotional state at the time. It seems the author decided to bring the dialog as close as possible to how people would talk in the real life to better emphasize the realities of the inner workings of the characters. Among those characters, voices of Pat and, surprisingly, Rich, tend to stand out even though they are not really likable while that of Samer and Danny come through as less impressive but more sympathetic.

The story structure is complex with many sub-plots emerging and intertwining later on as events unfold. This is a staple mark of a modern political & spy thriller, in the best traditions of Tom Clancy. The first part of the novel prepares the settings and does an exposition on the characters. This is a time-honored formula so, for an experienced thriller fan, this is a given. For a casual reader, I'd wish there was a little more in terms of hints spread out through the first part of the book as to things to come. However, do not despair - that sense of tension I've mentioned earlier will make you turn the pages to find what happens to the characters and to see the events unfolding. And right before the second part of the novel begins, the action picks up considerably.

The use of abbreviations, foreign words, and specialized names and slang does give the tale the air of authenticity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hassan Delivers! June 8, 2012
By J-Views
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The author takes no shortcuts in delivering an elaborate and authentic glimpse into the world of terrorism, special interests, government agencies, special forces and miscellaneous mavericks. The characters are all highly probable and extensively experienced. This is one of those action/suspense scripts that would make for an interesting movie. This book is much more of an exciting read, than the cover suggests!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extensively Researched Writing February 17, 2012
By Pat
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You will feel disoriented when begin to navigate the pages of this book. The writing grabs you but the dialogue is clipped, fast and choppy you spend the first 10th of the book getting your sea legs. The dialogue style is, in a way, a part of the plot and it becomes a way in which you ultimately understand the characters and settings in this book. Nonetheless, until you figure it, the book makes you feel edgy.

This author has either spent time in the Middle East or has done extensive research into the 'War on Terror' topic as the plot hinges on a type of criminal scheming that only an insider understands well enough to explain.

What I liked the most about Trade was the intriguing plot, the setting descriptions and the character details. What I liked least was the fact that there was not a protagonist in this book that I ever really felt like cheering for.

I admit that I am a bit of a Pollyanna. I kept hoping that the author would throw us some likable church lady but it never happens. The author does not gloss over his theme and for some, that will be what makes this novel better than most.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, gripping June 28, 2012
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This story was a pleasant surprise in my sea of my recently purchased Kindle novels. I didn't have high expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised, and with this book, I came away with an engrossing, satisfying read. Trade reads like a book out of a major publishing house (and is better than many of those that I have read). In my opinion, it is the best of both worlds: An action-packed thriller that seems, at times, more like a literary novel. For someone who loves both genre and literary fiction, this was a great find.

For me, the characters in any work of fiction are always the most important. The people in this novel didn't disappoint--they came across as multi-dimensional and read as believable real people, in shades of gray rather than in cartoonish black and white. This is true of the likeable as well as the much less so. All the people in this book seem to have hopes and dreams, back stories, and motives for doing what they do. For example, reading this, I totally bought that Danny was a high-ranking intelligence agent. Further, and more importantly, I believed that the author might know what that kind of person might be like. My thought, reading the dialogue, was that either the author has experience in the intelligence field, or simply has the fiction writer's gift of making people and situations seem real. Either way, the writing is authoritative and excellent.

As a side note, I appreciate how the author used acronyms in the dialogue. I felt it lent the story authenticity. The government is a sea of initials and abbreviations, and real intelligence people would not, in my opinion, go around explaining them, (since obviously they would know what the acronyms mean already).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and Brilliant
Trade is something special. From the moment you open this book you are thrust into the world it encapsulates:a dark world of intrigue, action, terrorism, spies, and manipulation. Read more
Published 20 months ago by J Corcoran
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Great book, the writing is flawless and the characters are excellent and really dynamic. A lot of time and effort has definitely gone into making this book the best it can possibly... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Lucidity
5.0 out of 5 stars Trade....is Captivating
After reading this book I wondered about the author and how much an insider he was or is to what he wrote in this novel. Read more
Published on October 27, 2012 by ILOVEBOOKS
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Incredible
Tareq A. Hassan very well may be the next Tom Clancy. "Trade" is an international thriller containing all the ingredients for a block buster novel. Read more
Published on October 25, 2012 by Dennis Waller
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Captures the Post 9/11 Enviornment
This books is an all around great read that will hook you from the first page and will not let you go until days after finishing it. Read more
Published on October 24, 2012 by J. Hollister
5.0 out of 5 stars Sophisticated, Intelligent "Get the Terrorists" Story!
This is a very sophisticated story and one that I just could not put down. With very intelligent writing, brilliant vocabulary and great dialogue, "Trade" is an extremely... Read more
Published on June 1, 2012 by Chava Lebarton
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor syntax & editing
This book must have been written and/or edited by a person whose primary language is other than English. Read more
Published on May 30, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
The Author clearly knows his stuff and did his homework. He draws you in a mind blowing story centered around post 9-11, intelligence, terrorism, soldiers, ect... Read more
Published on February 29, 2012 by Amazon Customer
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