- Paperback: 424 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 2, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1480084921
- ISBN-13: 978-1480084926
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,540,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Line In The Sand: A political thriller about the war in Iraq Paperback – April 2, 2013
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About the Author
Nuri Kino has followed the developments in Iraq before the war and now both during and after it. He has not only been to Iraq itself, but also interviewed refugees and authorities in the neighboring countries such as Jordon, Syria, Turkey and Lebanon. He has reported year after year about the consequences of the war in radio reports, TV documentaries, and a series of newspaper and magazine articles. He has helped make major changes in the public’s view of the war and its aftermath. He is, without question, one of the leading investigative journalists, documentary filmmakers and authors in Scandinavia if not Europe. His earlier novel, The Do-Gooders, is now distributed not only in the Scandinavian countries but in Germany as well. Recently he wrote an exciting Swedish best-seller, The Swedish Godfather. Nuri was winner of the European Parliament’s Prize for Journalism 2010. David Kushner is an American journalist living in Sweden. He graduated from Queens College and studied toward an MA at Columbia University under the renowned critic, author and anthologist, Professor John Gassner. He served in the United States Army as a journalist in the Public Information Office (PIO) for the 2nd Armored Division. His articles and interviews also appeared in the U.S. Army newspaper Stars and Stripes. He and a colleague, Lars Malmström, translated four of Ingmar Bergman’s classic films, Smiles of a Summer Night, The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, and The Magician, for an anthology of Berman’s scripts published by Simon & Schuster as Four Screenplays by Ingmar Bergman. He worked as a TV producer/director for Swedish Television and directed some 12 documentary films for them. One of his great loves is sailing and he has written a number of articles in Yacht Racing Magazine and One Design and Offshore Yachtsman. He competed in a number of offshore races and reported on the One Ton, Half Ton and Quarter Ton Cup races as well as the Baltic Race both on film and in print. He and his wife Shoshana travel extensively. He is retired and resides near Stockholm.
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Maybe this novel ought to have been called the “Blood of the Devil.” It is Kurdish greed for exploiting the potential oil beneath farms inhabited for centuries by rural Assyrians, Yezidis, Shabaks and Turkmens that drives the mystery of why a famous American-Assyrian TV journalist talks her news network into sending her to northern Iraq. Nothing is sacred, no church, no nearly 2000-year-old monastery, no young bride, no faiths. Everyone is fair game for the Sunni Arabs, Sunni Kurds (nearly all Kurds are Sunni) who make of the minority Christian Assyrians, Yezidis, Shabaks and Shiite Turkmens targets of their inhumanity. And that was by 2012 when this novel was published, before the psychopathic “Islamic State” emerged with the blessings of Turkey and Sunni Arab shortsighted money bags in order to thwart Iran’s ambitions and squash the equally murderous Kurds.
If you follow and accept the driving ambitions that propel endless cruelty in the Middle East, you should, like me, fall on your knees and give praise every time you see a solar panel, windmills and electric cars, especially producing their own energy on their roofs. Anything to be rid of the need for the “Blood of the Devil.” But even If oil stays below $50 pb, or falls to $30 pb, the overpopulation that is built into the competition of Middle East politics will not abate: Backwards tribes will still compete with each other for space, food, water and power. Maybe it is just too late to salvage the Middle East. But can we salvage Europe?
Bleak though the events are in this novel, unresolved as the knot of tribal vengeance and corruption may be, on the personal level this novel offers reward for some for their ability to hold on to their civilized values, mostly recognized in the leading character whose body may be sullied but her soul and mind become transformed into a higher level of sensitivity and wisdom.
Being a stickler for historical accuracy to the extent possible, I looked, and looked again, for inaccuracies in this 416-page book, a novel no less. None, absolutely none, that I can detect. Sure there are the usual repeats and juxtapositions of words common in our spellcheck software manner of writing. But no factual errors! This speaks to the long experience of an author steeped in years of information gathering on the ground for Swedish media.
It is odd that a novel is co-authored. Perhaps complex geography and politics require not one but two authors. John Le Carre’s world of Cold War spying was not as complex as is Iraq today, hence two authors. In any case, it works very well.
Little did I know that I would be reading one of the best books I've ever read. I rank it up there with the likes of the Alchemist by Pauolo Cohello, Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, and even Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts.
The book is about a modern news anchor (think sexy news anchor meets Laura Croft Tomb Raider) living in the United States who goes on a investigative report in Iraq. Her journey takes readers through an espionage thriller about black gold (oil) in Iraq and ancient Nineveh, where the aborigines are struggling to save their homeland in the midst of oil hungry tycoons and Islamist terrorists. The aborigines are the christian Assyrians and their plight for survival exists to this day.
The book is that much more relevant today, given the turmoil in Iraq, particularly Mosul AKA ancient Nineveh. In fact, the monasteries and landmarks in the book are commonplace in the news today. Warning - this book is not for the faint of heart.
The book is fiction, yet the characters in the story are formed from a combination of Nuri's interviews and research of Assyrians and other ethnic minorities in situations that are portrayed in the story. The genocide of Assyrians, the indigenous people of Iraq, has been an ongoing struggle since the early 1900s and continues on today. There are only few million Assyrians spread across the world, and this story has a simple message to ethnic minorities to draw the line in the sand and stand up for your nation because no one else will.
"Don't Forget Us! Don't forget us!"