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Akhmed and the Atomic Matzo Balls: A Novel of International Intrigue, Pork-Crazed Termites, and Motherhood by [Buslik, Gary]
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Akhmed and the Atomic Matzo Balls is peopled by some of the most unpleasant, malevolent, and stupid characters you can imagine — but it’s so clever and funny that I, the reader, was delighted to follow their complicated, self-serving, insane machinations. … Gary Buslik loves words. His prose is rich and vivid.” —Bookworm Room

Akhmed and the Atomic Matzo Balls "definitely contains many thoroughly revolting, brain-curdling, nail-biting scenes that will ensure you will not only be unable to close it before you are through; no, you shall remain wide awake rereading some especially and sickeningly delicious passages." —Simply Jews blog

"You will love this book! It has been a long time since I have laughed like this — it's the best since Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." —NoisyRoom blog

About the Author

Gary Buslik writes novels, short stories, and essays, and he teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also the author of A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1061 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales/Solas House (December 20, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 20, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071LTQXI
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Gary Buslik is the finest commentator on the world's stereotypes. He skewers all, from softball commie dictators to the very rich capitalists. Along the way he hits just about everyone else, including his own tribe, English professors who sound as if they swallowed a thesaurus, to greedy omnivorous females. He takes a whack at Haitian crooks, Iranian leaders with a Napoleanic complex, and lest we forget, hungry termites that have developed a taste for exotic fine dining. He keeps writing, I keep reading.
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I read Buslik's earlier novel, A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean, and laughed my head off, so I was delighted to learn about his newest effort. I downloaded Akhmed and the Atomic Matzo Balls in electronic format as soon as it became available. I am also a travel writer and once in a while I need to put down the pen and lose myself in a good read, hopefully one that makes me laugh. During a recent visit to Costa Rica, I laid on the beach with my eReader, roaring in laughter over the antics of three world leaders looking to destroy the U.S. with atomic Matzo balls. Only the demented mind of Buslik could come up with this scenario. In his always irreverent voice, Buslik takes pot shots at everyone and everything, leading us down a twisted road of plots and sub-plots so bizarre that they are actually believable. If you want to laugh, or just escape into a good book, Akhmed is a great choice.
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There was a time no so long ago when I actually believed many of the important people intricately involved in world affairs like government, religion, and business knew what they were doing. Yes, it was a sad and stupid mindset but I have never claimed to be the sharpest knife in any drawer, although I have lived most my life in South Carolina, which should by itself be an acceptable excuse.

Since then I have come to terms with my sad and naïve condition. These days my more enlightened observations suggests to me that human civilization is nothing more than a game of "King of the Mountain" that has gone on far too long and is being taken far too seriously by the participates. What drew me to this conclusion was my nasty and unhealthy habit of reading history.

Being a father I would love to buy a sixty foot sailboat, load up my kids and depending of my mood that day maybe even my wife, and sail off searching for some safe harbor well out of the strategic line of fire. In my mind, the usual destinations are Tasmania or the south island of New Zealand but these beautiful and enlightened places have very little use for Americans unless they arrive with big bucks which leaves me up poop creek without a canoe, much less the paddle or a lifejacket. So what is a well intentioned but hopelessly befuddled dude like me suppose to do? I usually placate my fears and insecurities about an increasingly uncertain future by submerging myself in a good book that makes fun of the whole situation.

Such a book is "Akhmed and the Atomic Matzo Balls" by Gary Buslik.
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One of my rules of thumb when reading a book, or watching a movie for that matter, is that I have to like at least some of the characters in the book. Since I'm investing my time in the book or the movie, I want to be in the company of pleasant people. After all, outside of the entertainment world, I don't willingly want to spend time in the company of people who disgust me.

I discovered over the past couple of days, though, that there is an exception to this rule, and that exception is Gary Buslik's "Akhmed and the Atomic Matzo Balls: A Novel of International Intrigue, Pork-Crazed Termites, and Motherhood." The book is peopled by some of the most unpleasant, malevolent, and stupid characters you can imagine -- but it's so clever and funny that I, the reader, was delighted to follow their complicated, self-serving, insane machinations.

I'm actually not quite sure how to describe the book without diluting the pleasure you'll get should you decide to read it. The book's own description (above) doesn't really do it justice. Those bland paragraphs leave out the delights of seeing the inside workings of the mind of a far-Left academic, keeping up with the Iranian president's manic dancing, watching the Venezuelan dictator dream of mass-marketing schemes, and generally following a serpentine plot that moves effortlessly from Iran, to Cuba, to Haiti, and to the high seas, with stopovers in Chicago, New York and Miami Beach.

One of the things I liked best about the book is that Gary Buslik loves words. His prose is rich and vivid. He also recognizes when people, rather than loving words, abuse them for obfuscation and self-aggrandizement. My favorite character -- and, incidentally, the most unpleasant character in the book -- is the pompous Prof. Les Fenwich.
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May 29, 2012
Akhmed and The Atomic Matzo Balls

Meet Akhmed, the quirky Iranian president whose only regret was not hooking up with Rosie O'Donnell, who keeps magazines scattered on the floor near his bed, who eats matzo balls soup, has a short-man complex and is strangely paranoid. "Pork makes you stupid" is just one example of his classic one-liners. Interesting enough main character for you? Yes, indeed. But the president has a more elaborate, serious plan. He wants to destroy America by smuggling radioactive matzo balls into Miami Beach and detonate them with explosives.

Back in America, we are introduced to other characters. Professor Les Fenwich just learned he is a father of a 27-year-old Republican named Karma. Karma is soon to be married and wishes her "Popsie" to walk her down the aisle. Professor Les is unknowingly brought into President Akhmed's plan along with Karma's mother.

Akhmed and the Atomic Matzo Balls is not meant to be a fast read. In fact, I found it necessary to read at a slower than usual pace to keep up with the terrorist plot, the multiple characters and their individual plans. I also read slower to appreciate the witty one-liners and clever dialogue.

This novel is a fine example of creative writing. There is no other book that combines international leaders, bizarre circumstances, star-crossed academic lovers and radioactivity in a hilarious, sometimes offensive, and oh-so-entertaining setting. The cover is also striking and what I call "public-friendly." While reading Akhmed and the Atomic Matzo Balls in public, I was questioned twice about the book's contents. (Aside from the artsy cover, I was probably questioned because I literally laughed out loud from reading a funny passage.
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