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Mushroom in the Sand: A Nuclear Bomb from Iran by [Ferdowsi, Farsheed]
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  • File Size: 866 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: For Readers of Tom Clancy, Stephen Hunter, Brad Thor, Matt Reilly, and James Rollins Publishing Company; 1 edition (November 23, 2009)
  • Publication Date: November 23, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0032FNZKC
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I just finished this story, and could not have been more pleased with it as an espionage tale with well developed characters, a really great plot, and excellent writing. Like other reviewers I also look forward to more from Mr.Ferdowsi. I think he will have a remarkable career as a novelist if he can re-create the quality of this debut novel in later works. There are many twists and turns as the plot unfolds, keeping one's attention and making it hard to stop for some sleep. There are a couple of sub-plots which fit the main story very well and are reasonable under the circumstances, adding a lot of realism and an extra dimension to the story. There are a few surprises along the way, making it hard to comment on the details in a review for fear of giving away too much. Also, I was pleased to note that the story was NOT marred by poor editing, spelling and grammer errors, and non-existent proofreading which seems to be fairly common these days. I most definitely agree with all of the previous five star reviews. Thank you Mr.Ferdowsi for some very enjoyable hours with your debut, and my best wishes for more to come.
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Mushroom in the Sand is a great read. I approached this one with some hesitation since I don't typically read espionage-type thrillers. But I'm sure glad I did. The story, about a Irani-American Nuclear physicist forced to aid the Iranis create a nuclear mega-bomb, is fiercely readable. You won't want to put it down once you get going. The novel's action and quick packing keeps you racing to its explosive finale. Don't pass this one up. A very satisfying read!
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I really liked this book...the story is thought-provoking and realistic. Having visited Iran years ago, the author captured the feeling of the country as not a safe place to be if you are a visitor of status from US and specialize in Atomic Energy. I do not want to discuss the plot as I hate it when people ruin books for others by too much plot exposure.
If you are interested in the game Iran vs US you will like this story...i don't doubt this could happen or did happen.

Dont like title...it's misleading...at least was to me.
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I dislike main characters who make really stupid decisions, like this one returning to Iran where everyone other than him knows Iran will attempt to extract highly secret info from him. He goes anyway and the author has to come up with a fanciful series of events to get him out of an area hundreds of feet underground and filled with hundreds of people. Ought to make a little bit of sense.
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MUSHROOM IN THE SAND is a terrific, timely international thriller chock full of inside information on Iran's relentless pursuit of a nuclear weapon. Though the plot is a fictional treatment of the lengths Iran's current leadership might resort to in order to go nuclear, it's not a stretch to believe author Farsheed Fredowsi's well-structured story could actually happen, given the actions and pronouncements of the current regime. Fredowsi's inside knowledge of nuclear weaponry and engineering, and his life history--he's an Iranian expatriate forced to stay in the U.S. by the 1979 revolution--makes him uniquely qualified to write this novel. Simultaneous kidnappings, of the protagonist, Ross Shaheen, in a secret underground nuclear facility in Iran, and of his teenaged daughter by Iranian operatives in the U.S. drive the book through it's exciting conclusion. MUSHROOM IN THE SAND is the best thriller I've downloaded and read on my Kindle, and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in current international intrigue and the Middle East. Here's a warning, though: You might find yourself cheering for the Russians. I give MUSHROOM IN THE SAND five stars and would give it more if I could.
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A pretty good cut at a first thriller.
The story moves along, and is about as good as works from far more experienced and well known authors.

However, I do wish that writers who are going to write about firearms would take the time to learn something about guns.
It's glaringly obvious that Ferdowsi knows little about firearms and this causes jarring errors that distract from the story.
As example he has his hero armed with a Russian Markarov semi-automatic pistol which impossibly fires in full-auto bursts.
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This book is appealing to folks who like complex technical details thrown into their espionage adventures. The author has added plenty of sophisticated atomic energy/bomb making knowledge into the mix. My biggest caveat is the premise that the US would allow a man of the main character's clearance and expertise to visit Iran, where the regime is pursuing a nuclear weapon. But given that premise, this is an interesting book, reasonably well written, edited and all in all, well done. Nice touch at the end.
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I found this book to be an easy read, and its great for the beach or a trip. Characters are two dimensional, not a lot of depth to the text, so if one loses their place, or cannot give their full attention it will not matter.

Does its job keeping your mind occupied, I didn't find it memorable.
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