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Author(s): Giles Foden

Location(s): Zanzibar

Genre(s): Romance, Thriller

Era(s): 1998



The books is set against the 1998 bombing of the US Embassy in Tanzania by Osama Bin Laden’s al-Qaida network. It is ostensibly a political thriller-cum-romantic adventure yarn. An ageing maverick CIA agent, Jack Quiller, a motorcycling, marine biologist, Nick Karolides, and a young, ambitious American embassy staffer Miranda Powers, become, as the book jacket says, “embroiled in a terrorist conspiracy”. It’s not however, a simplistic heroes versus villains story. The Clinton/Lewinsky scandal provides an omnipresent backdrop, bin Laden puts in an appearance and the book’s overriding theme is the nature of moral responsibility.

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What is most impressive about this novel is Foden’s knowledge and the additional research he must have done for this book. He knows a great deal about East Africa, and there are sensuous descriptions...

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