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This story is set in and around Houston, Texas, a surprising and refreshing change from the usual east and west coast settings. I felt like I intimately knew the environs.
Mr. Booker, please tell me that there is more Jeffery Quinn in my future!
However, if you can get past the occasional spelling mishap, then I highly recommend this novel. It's a wonderful, engrossing story about a Jeffrey, a former Navy SEAL living in Texas who finds himself caught in the middle of a bioterrorism plot, and in a partnership with a woman he least expected to love: Parvin, a muslim FBI agent. There's murder, betrayal, and seduction galore as Jeffrey and Parvin hunt down the "Angel" - an Iranian terrorist hell-bent on completing his mission. Mixed in with the mystery and action is plenty of poignant social commentary on racism, religion and the importance of tolerance. Especially in the political climate we live in today - and with growing fears regarding radical religious groups and acts of terrorism - this is the kind of writing we need more of.
Overall, Booker delivers a great read full of suspense , and writes complex, engaging characters that will connect with you instantly.
DeLong, theTexas Senator, came to Jeffery's aid and offered him a job after his stent in jail. Jeffery had formed a special bond with with DeLong's daughters since rescuing them years before, especially his oldest Robin. Although the youngest, Teal, seemed to be living a somewhat normal life, Robin never recovered from the ordeal. She had her hand cut off, and the torture she faced while in the hands of the jihadist was enough to leave her unable to live a normal life. So Jeffery took it upon himself to visit her weekly at the care home and to make sure she was taken care of and treated well. But it was right after a visit with Robin that Jeffery finds himself face to face with a county sheriff who informs him that Robin has killed herself. He is given Robin's diary and told to investigate what was written inside and how it was linked to his past.
Jeffery then finds himself on an unthinkable journey to help DeLong's other children, stop a jihadist from killing millions of people, and dealing with a Persian FBI agent that he wishes he could ignore. When he finally gives in and they join together as a team, they are finally able to make headway in their mission to find the terrorist and bring him to a end. This Persian woman, who Jeffery was so against at first, may just turn out to be his very own angel.
I loved The Persian Woman and highly recommend this book. Not only was it an easy read, but it was also an incredibly interesting story. Thomas Booker's writing style helps the story flow effortlessly and quickly The characters are well developed and there is quite an array of personalities. This isn't a romance, more of a drama or suspense, but I found myself unable to put it down. The plot is fast paced and kept me turning pages as fast as I could, wondering what would happen next. The subject of The Persian woman is quite relevant in our day and age. Not only do we deal with stereotypes, racism ,and corrupt justice systems and politicians, but we also see terrorist acts on a monthly, weekly, and sometimes daily basis. This is a book of fiction but truly hits on ideas and facts that we deal with in real life. It brings the book into context and make it so much more real and believable. It easily could be a story we pulled from the newspaper or saw on the news. There is language, physical violence, and some violent sexual context, so this isn't a book for a younger audience. I think it is best suited for a mature audience.
The book is filled with tension, drama, angels, demons as well as bonds of love and friendship. You have a navy SEAL, Jeffrey, who has endured incredible traumas due to being a soldier. He is a good-hearted man who helps others but has no problem standing up for what he believes in, even if he lands in trouble in the process, and he frequently does.
When tragedy strikes someone he cares for and Parvin the “Persian Woman” from the FBI gets involved he has to face his own prejudices against a group of people he despises. Booker keeps you guessing as to whether or not Jeffrey can team up with a woman associated with the group that killed his wife or if he is going to try to solve the mysterious and gruesome deaths, which take place.
I enjoyed the emotional connections that Jeffrey had with the different characters throughout the story. I appreciated his determination to do what was right by those that mattered to him and even strangers. There is very little about this book, I did not like. I want to commend Booker on showing us that not all groups of people deemed as bad, or terrorists, abhor the true criminals just as much as the rest of the population.
****SPOILER/WARNING***** I do want to state that if you have a weak stomach, cannot handle gore, or detailed descriptions of assorted violent crimes, you may not appreciate this book as much. I know some of the violence and descriptions, as needed as they are for the story, may be triggers for some readers.