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Trade by [Hassan, Tareq]
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"Most impressive is how real and distinct each of the many characters feels, especially with so few words afforded them. Readers might struggle early on with the multitude of characters and their overt and covert motivations, but as Hassan layers the meaning of the novel's title, readers who endure won't be disappointed. A fast, brutal thriller about manipulation, drugs and terrorism."  - Kirkus Reviews 

Product Details

  • File Size: 645 KB
  • Print Length: 365 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1470095793
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006SA1ELK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,634,275 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is a political / spy thriller set in times right before, during, and after 9/11.

The terse, almost shorthand prose gives the sense of tension and suspense. The dialog is constructed of equally terse sentences and loaded with idiomatic expressions that provide the shortcut to the speaker's emotional state at the time. It seems the author decided to bring the dialog as close as possible to how people would talk in the real life to better emphasize the realities of the inner workings of the characters. Among those characters, voices of Pat and, surprisingly, Rich, tend to stand out even though they are not really likable while that of Samer and Danny come through as less impressive but more sympathetic.

The story structure is complex with many sub-plots emerging and intertwining later on as events unfold. This is a staple mark of a modern political & spy thriller, in the best traditions of Tom Clancy. The first part of the novel prepares the settings and does an exposition on the characters. This is a time-honored formula so, for an experienced thriller fan, this is a given. For a casual reader, I'd wish there was a little more in terms of hints spread out through the first part of the book as to things to come. However, do not despair - that sense of tension I've mentioned earlier will make you turn the pages to find what happens to the characters and to see the events unfolding. And right before the second part of the novel begins, the action picks up considerably.

The use of abbreviations, foreign words, and specialized names and slang does give the tale the air of authenticity.
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Trade is a gripping novel that captivated me from the very first page. The story is intriguing and fun to read, and I loved the characters.

The dialogue made the story come to life and seem more realistic, which is great. It's not always possible for an author to succeed at making a story about the CIA and 9/11 sound realistic, but this one manages it beautifully.
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This is a very sophisticated story and one that I just could not put down. With very intelligent writing, brilliant vocabulary and great dialogue, "Trade" is an extremely well-researched get-the-terrorists drama that would make a great screenplay.

This was a very fun book to read. The plot itself is fascinating from page one and the sheer quality of detail for cultural and current events detail is impressive. The first part of the book sets up the circumstances and main characters of a variety of cultures, and I really enjoyed the fact that nobody in this book is perfect. As the tension was building, I found myself getting to know and understand these people more and more, simply because of what they were trying to do. After 9/11 occurs about a third of the way into the book, characters begin to coalesce as their effort to quell international terrorism ramps up. We find counter-intelligence; we watch the DEA getting entwined with the CIA, the NSA, the ISA and dignitaries; we overhear planning and scheming about smoking out evildoers and even `planting evildoers'; we know people's secrets; we are witness to gunfire, artillery, ambush and enemies; we watch Russians, Americans, Israelis, Chechens and others including a Chinese Muslim, a very tall African, a German; we observe a dangerous infiltration into Afghanistan and we visit New York, Pakistan and Dubai as well... and much, much more.

From page one, and throughout the rest of the book, I had a persistent feeling of anticipation that something important was always about to happen because the author's unique and exciting writing style made every scene seem important. Also, every character was surprising.
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The author takes no shortcuts in delivering an elaborate and authentic glimpse into the world of terrorism, special interests, government agencies, special forces and miscellaneous mavericks. The characters are all highly probable and extensively experienced. This is one of those action/suspense scripts that would make for an interesting movie. This book is much more of an exciting read, than the cover suggests!
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You will feel disoriented when begin to navigate the pages of this book. The writing grabs you but the dialogue is clipped, fast and choppy you spend the first 10th of the book getting your sea legs. The dialogue style is, in a way, a part of the plot and it becomes a way in which you ultimately understand the characters and settings in this book. Nonetheless, until you figure it, the book makes you feel edgy.

This author has either spent time in the Middle East or has done extensive research into the 'War on Terror' topic as the plot hinges on a type of criminal scheming that only an insider understands well enough to explain.

What I liked the most about Trade was the intriguing plot, the setting descriptions and the character details. What I liked least was the fact that there was not a protagonist in this book that I ever really felt like cheering for.

I admit that I am a bit of a Pollyanna. I kept hoping that the author would throw us some likable church lady but it never happens. The author does not gloss over his theme and for some, that will be what makes this novel better than most.
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