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Dynamite Fishermen by [Fleming, Preston]
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"Conrad Prosser, immersed in the civil disorder of early-'80s Beirut, employs whatever means are necessary to expose the organization behind a series of car bombings. The possibility of bloodshed at any moment keeps the story at an elevated level of suspense. Even the more languid moments move with a searing undertone. Uncertainty among the characters, coupled with relentless gunfire and explosions, make for an extraordinary novel, each page as eruptive as the city providing the setting." KIRKUS REVIEWS

"Dynamite Fishermen is an absolute stunner of a novel. It's clear Fleming has done his research and it shows in the seamless dialogue and the ease at which he tackles the task of conveying the wartime ambiance. This is a must-read for history buffs - although I feel strongly everyone will enjoy the rapid pace and captivating suspense. Fleming is a writer deserving of many accolades." SAN FRANCISCO BOOK REVIEW

"In Dynamite Fishermen, Preston Fleming depicts heedless violence as a way of life from the perspective of an American intelligence officer. The story falls during a lull in the long running Lebanese civil war, a period plagued by daily car bombings, civilian shootings, artillery attacks and other mayhem. As many details of this conflict continue to reverberate today, this intelligently written novel provides a compelling page-turner and a memorable story." PACIFIC BOOK REVIEW

"An intelligence officer who has dodged making decisions and cleaning up his messes is forced to face the consequences, showing resourcefulness and decency...at last when he must. Fleming does know how to spin a yarn... his fiction has more verisimilitude than many others in the genre." BOOKPLEASURES.COM

From the Author

I wrote Dynamite Fishermen and Bride of a Bygone War to clear my head after eleven years of government service in places like Beirut, Cairo, Tunis, Jeddah, and Amman.  I had already decided to write novels at age fourteen, during my first year as a boarding student at Exeter.  My English instructor, a World War II combat veteran, advised those of us who wanted to follow the path of Melville, Conrad and Hemingway to first go out and live some adventures so that we would have stories that people might want to read. My adventures started in the Middle East and continued in Washington, Europe, the Russian Far East, Maui, Utah, New York and Boston.   Though my most recent novels are set far from Beirut in a future dystopian America, I intend to write more stories set in the Middle East before long.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2086 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: PF Publishing (January 8, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 8, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EV84PS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,158 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I found Preston Fleming's spy thriller set in 1981 Beirut, Lebanon, a bit slow to start with. Seeing that it's quite a long work, I thought I might struggle to remain interested in what appeared early on to be a turgid documentary of a desk jockey's exotic after-hours life in the Middle East.

But it kept drawing me back, and proved a satisfying read. Mr. Fleming writes well - he creates atmosphere and tension, and makes one care about the everyday people lost in the fog of someone else's war.
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I have read several novels by Preston Fleming and I have not been disappointed yet. They are well-written, timely, plenty of action and well-developed characters. This book presents the setting of Beirut in the 1980's amid all of the conflicts going on at that time. This is a realistic spy novel, not one of the over-the-top spy novels (although I like those too). I would suggest, for those of us who do not know the history of those times and the area, that a brief factual history of the time period and some maps be included in the book. There are a lot of different factions involved in this story, and it can get confusing as to the allegiances of these factions. Overall, this is a great read, and I am looking forward to reading all of Preston Fleming's books.
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It is rare to find a novel of espionage written with such gritty realism. Much of the novel takes place in cars in and around a very dangerous Beirut in the early 1980's. The danger on the streets and the complex relationships between warring factions are presented in a visceral, exciting, and thought-provoking way. So why not five stars? The author throws it all away with a mind- numbing effort to make very very certain that the reader understands the symbolism of the title. After treating his readers as adults all along by offering an exciting but realistic story, the author dumbs himself down by spelling out the "meaning" of the story. Readers deserve better.
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I am a news junkie and am much more informed about the Middle East than your average reader. I have also traveled to the area a number of times although I have never been to Beirut. In spite of this, I found the book to be pretty hard to read and follow. First the author spends considerable amounts of time talking about businesses, streets, green lines etc. etc. but includes no maps to orient the reader. I would have preferred some maps instead of all the verbal gymnastics. Second, the author talks about all of the political groups, where they dominate, etc. etc. I have some knowledge of these groups and their allegiances, but it really is too much to expect the reader to keep up with all their names, who they represent, and what they are trying to accomplish, especially from thirty years ago. Also I find it kind of boring that the author is telling a story about spying etc. when the technology was fax machines, onionskin paper, and physical message drops, who is really interested in how these things were done years ago.

I also found it really hard to keep track of the characters and who they were, I did not find it interesting to try to remember who was doing what. This was a book were the Kindle X-ray would have helped but it was not included in this book. Also the characters were very one dimensional, so the reader never really get's a chance to understand who they are.

In my mind the two biggest events in Lebanon were the bombing of the marine barracks and the U.S, embassy and so I thought all the way through the book that the author was leading up to these really important events. Unfortunately the story is not about the build-up to these events because they never happen in the book. How is it possible they are not included?
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Started slowly, and I considered not finishing; but thankfully continued reading. I became wrapped up in the continually changing plot and sub-plots. Found myself getting out of bed at two in the morning to finish the last few chapters.

The long list of characters, sometimes lengthy descriptions of the city, and descriptions of routes through the city were listed by some reviewers as detracting from the story. However, I found they aided in understanding the impact of the conflict and the confusing interactions of the numerous factions involved. Looking forward to reading Bride of a Bygone War.
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WOW! This book is filled with so much local color, that I felt like I was standing aside and literally watching the events in this story take place. The author's knowledge and insight into his subject compounds the intrigue and suspense. And no doubt, after literally living this story, I, for one, am glad he's out of this arena and entertaining us with his stories. Highlyrecomme
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I cannot imagine what a mess Lebanon's political situation is today. This book is an excellent portrayal of what happens when there are too many fingers in the pie. I look forward to reading other books by Fleming.
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The story of a CIA agent in war torn Beirut in the 1980's. It reads almost like a daily dairy. From being stopped at check points, to making sure you are not under surveilence, the tension is always palpable!
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