The plot was interesting and original. The author was very knowledgeable about the middle east, but I, being fairly ignorant about that geographical area, was lost. First, all the Arabic names confused me. Then all the place names. Then all the political titles and history. I like to learn about new ideas and I did actually learn a great deal, but I find myself not caring enough about the plot to continue with the second half of the book. It was all just too heavy and detailed for a reader who has not had enough exposure to the complicated and bitter religious ideology of the Palestinians and Jews in that area. I could see how another reader would devour this book as it is a masterpiece.
Too much background for me re the Palestine-Israel conflict. ( One entire cd devoted to background) If you are interested in learning more about this conflict with an educating story before the mystery/trial etc. begins then you will enjoy this book.)
I love this author (normally). As for this book, if you don't like politics you may not make it past the first CD. I made through 9 and it is just now starting to speed up (I think). I sure hope it gets better on the next round.
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