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{October 2, 2012}   {Review} Tribe by James Bruno

From Goodreads: A secret peace with the Taliban. Complete U.S. troop withdrawal. Secured with a huge Central Asian oil deal. Virtually guaranteeing the re-election of a President. The backers will garner enormous wealth. CIA officer Harry Brennan’s moral conscience compels him to get in the way of this plot. In doing so, he faces political enemies at home more dangerous than the terrorists who have kidnapped his daughter, Laurie. And her fate is tied to that of Russian spy Sergei Nemsky’s daughter, Anya, in need of treatment for a rare disease. The two adversaries, drawing on their respective spycraft skills and connections, form a secret and risky pact to save their daughters’ lives. Harry’s career takes off after he falls in love with Camilla Loomis, a young and politically powerful Washington socialite. But the resulting tension between his career and commitment to the truth compels Harry to balk and unilaterally take on the powerful men and women behind the pay-for-play scheme. Harry finds himself running for his life from jihadists in Afghanistan and Predator drones in Yemen, a target of his own CIA…


I usually love first person narratives, but I had a really hard time connecting with Harry, or even understanding much of what he was talking about, as I read this novel.  He describes what’s happening around him in what I consider a rather choppy format, jumping from idea to idea, and I found it all to be a little too disjointed and technical for me to follow, personally.  I’m not one who really keeps up with politics, though I usually do love a good political thriller, but I was unable to connect to this novel.  I thought the premise was interesting, but otherwise, it just wasn’t for me.  I think those who enjoy very technical political thrillers will really enjoy the novel, and if you check out Goodreads and Amazon, you’ll see that there are many who really did enjoy this book, so I highly suggest checking out their reviews as well and then deciding if this is a book for you.  Personally, though, I can only give it two stars.

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


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