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Warlord's Son by Dan Fesperman
  

Warlord's Son

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Intelligent, well-written, classy stuff with desperate men being pursued by desperate men in the hostile territory of Afghanistan during the recent civil war. It really is very good indeed. The authorâs first novel, Lie in the Dark, won the Crime Writersâ Association First Novel award, the John Creasey, his second, The Small Boat of Great Sorrows, won the Steel Dagger for Best Thriller and this is only his third, a prize-winner too I should imagine.

Comparison: John Le Carré, Robert Wilson, Robert Harris.

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Synopsis

Warlord's Son by Dan Fesperman

Dropping into the smoky chaos of Peshawar after 9/11, Skelly, a burned-out American foreign correspondent, discovers that to survive he will need a 'fixer': a local man who speaks English, knows the area and who can both save his skin and take him to the action. And for every journalist in Peshawar, the real action is across the border in Afghanistan.

Skelly chooses the banished son of a tribal warlord, Najeeb, who is smart, connected - and tarnished. Soon they are driving into the mountains where fiercely territorial battles are still fought. But Skelly is not concerned with the small-scale brutality of such rivalries. His quest is for the scoop of a lifetime: tracking down the one man the whole world is seeking.

And Najeeb, torn by divided loyalties, must find the way for both of them to survive in a land where a single misstep - or lapse of trust - can prove fatal…


Reviews

'A new book by Dan Fesperman is becoming a major literary event ... Fesperman's experience as a war correspondent, together with his powers of description and characterisation, produce an utterly compelling thriller and quite simply the best book I've read all year'
Susanna Yager Sunday Telegraph

...a gripping portrayal of shameless media frenzy and hopeless geopolitical gamesmanship... his detailed insider's account of war reporting will be catnip for news junkies'
Publishers Weekly


'Almost alone in depicting the main theatre of war on terror, Fesperman proves equal to the challenge, producing impressive portraits of Peshawar and the mountainous borderlands'
Sunday Times


'Fesperman offers a level of cultural and political nuance not always found in adventure thrillers'
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About the Author

Dan Fesperman
Dan Fesperman is a reporter for the Baltimore Sun and worked in its Berlin bureau during the years of civil war in former Yugoslavia, as well as in Afghanistan during the recent conflict for the paper. His first novel, Lie in the Dark, won the CWA John Creasey award for best first crime novel in 1999 and his second novel, The Small Boat of Great Sorrows, won the 2003 CWA Steel Dagger for Thriller of the Year.

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Book Info

Publication date

4th July 2005

Author

Dan Fesperman

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Author's Website

www.danfesperman.com/

Publisher

Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback

Categories

Action Adventure / Spy
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ISBN

9780552150248

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