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This review is from: The Prisoner of Guantánamo (Audio CD)
Baltimore Sun Reporter Dan Fesperman is not only a terrific newsman but a first-rate novelist as well (The Small Boat of Great Sorrows, The Warlord's Son). His stories are as current as this morning's news and while sometimes troubling also thoroughly entertaining.
Our setting is the Guantanamo base or Gitmo, the military originated slang name for this outpost. Gitmo,, as the world knows, is where suspected terrorists are incarcerated and interrogated. Life here doesn't amount to much as the suicide rate makes clear. "There had been five attempts inside the wire in the last two weeks, none successful and more than thirty since the prisoners first arrived."
Revere Falk is a former FBI agent now an interrogator at Gitmo. He qualified for this posting because of his fluency in Arabic, and his desire to keep some secrets in his past. For company he has found a career military woman who shares his assignment.
Routine changes when the body of an American soldier, a reservist who was assigned to Guantanamo, is found on a Cuban beach. It's not long into Falk's investigation of this death before he realizes that what he had hoped to keep secret may be revealed.
There a lot of action, much political maneuvering, and a wrenching picture of what can happen during the war on terror to be found in The Prisoner of Guantanamo plus, in this case, a riveting reading delivered by actor David Colacci.
- Gail Cooke