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{November 11, 2011}   {Review} The Taba Convention by Stephen W. Ayers

From Goodreads: Two deadly adversaries, one horrific conspiracy against Middle East peace. Disillusioned with the continued killing in the agency, Jordan Kline resigns to take up hotel management studies. Now the General Manager of the Sands Eilat hotel, Jordan enjoys life with his girlfriend Irit in the Red Sea resort town. An ex colleague is taken out on the Arava road, the long desert road leading from the Dead Sea to Eilat. On his way back from Tel Aviv, Jordan witnesses the dying man’s last words. They are words that will push Jordan reluctantly back into the world he had turned his back on. Jordan unravels a deadly conspiracy that threatens to engulf the Middle East in war. He becomes the most hunted man in Israel. Forced to use all his cunning, Jordan must stay one step ahead of men that kill to fulfill their deadly ambitions. The only problem is that Jordan does not know who they are, and time is running out as the historic date of The Taba Convention approaches. The Taba Convention is filled with surprising twists and turns, and interesting insights into the world of hotels interspersed in the suspenseful action. The future of the Middle East is in doubt right up until the climax at the Taba Hilton Hotel in Taba Egypt. The Taba Convention is a political action adventure thriller that will keep you turning the pages faster and faster.


Ayers blew me away in this action packed thriller dealing with the Middle East.  I’m not always enamored by novels dealing with terrorism and the peace issues in the Middle East, but Ayers’ beautiful prose and sheer writing abilities thread a very unique and pointed story, making me an instant fan.  The vast amount of knowledge Ayers holds, as well as the amount of research he had to do in order to create a convincing piece, is phenomenal, and I highly recommend this to anyone looking for an action packed thriller.

Although there are multiple characters to keep track of through this extensive novel, Ayers presents them all in such a way that I didn’t have any issues, which is a feat in and of itself as I usually become lost quickly when too many characters are present.  I love that the main character, Kline, isn’t the normal killing machine you see in so many political thrillers, but rather a retired, peaceful man running a hotel in Eilat.  This is completely different from many of the books I’ve read along the same topic, and I enjoyed this respite in character.  Kline is not the run of the mile protagonist and I highly enjoyed him and the blossoming love story Ayers also adds to this climactic read.  Four and a half stars.

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.


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