Shemlan: A Deadly Tragedy

Jason Hartmoor is dying of cancer But will his past kill him first After a lifetime of service around the Middle East, retired diplomat Jason Hartmoor is dying of cancer He embarks on a last journey back to Lebanon where he studied Arabic as a young man at the Middle East Centre for Arab Studies, the infamous British spy school in the village of Shemlan far up in the hJason Hartmoor is dying of cancer But will his past kill him first After a lifetime of service around the Middle East, retired diplomat Jason Hartmoor is dying of cancer He embarks on a last journey back to Lebanon where he studied Arabic as a young man at the Middle East Centre for Arab Studies, the infamous British spy school in the village of Shemlan far up in the hills overlooking Beirut Jason wants to rediscover the love he lost when the civil war forced him to flee Lebanon Instead his past catches up with him with such speed and violence, it threatens to kill him before the disease does The only man who can keep him alive long enough to face that past is Gerald Lynch.
Shemlan A Deadly Tragedy Jason Hartmoor is dying of cancer But will his past kill him first After a lifetime of service around the Middle East retired diplomat Jason Hartmoor is dying of cancer He embarks on a last journey b

  • Title: Shemlan: A Deadly Tragedy
  • Author: Alexander McNabb
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 1 thought on “Shemlan: A Deadly Tragedy”

    1. See also my reviews of other novels by this author: Olives - A Violent Romance and Beirut: An Explosive Thriller.As I previously read and enjoyed books by this author, I was happy to say yes to his request for a review of Shemlan - A Deadly Tragedy. As usual, I was provided a free copy of the book, but made no promises and received no other consideration.When McNabb includes words like "violent" and "deadly" in the title of his books, take it as a warning: his books are violent. People get blown [...]

    2. Jason Hartmoor, the main character is clearly defined from the start; I immediately got a good sense of him. An incident in his past had caused his past employer to look back into his life. Depicting a respectable man, this taint in his past continues to haunt him.The multi-dimensional characters display different sides and interesting pasts. Because of the age of the characters their exploits go back to the seventies.Beirut, the country to which Hartmoor travels to is described with good detail [...]

    3. The author's first-hand knowledge of the Middle East comes across in this novel, enabling him to mix real places with fictional characters.The plot revolves around a retired diplomat,Jason Hartmoor, who has terminal cancer. He plans one last trip back to the Lebanon, while he is still able, to see if he can find the one woman he has always loved, but was forced to leave behind when civil war broke out. Back in England he endured an unhappy marriage, but for many years was able to correspond with [...]

    4. [NOTE: I have a close personal acquaintance with the author through various social media platforms and he has favorably reviewed my novel. I submit this review on my own initiative, and not as the result of any request of the author.]This is the third of McNabb's novels on espionage, love affairs and general roguery in the Middle East, following Olives, and Beirut.McNabb has a real knack for description, once again. The violence and danger that lurks under the surface - or right in the open - is [...]

    5. This is the third of McNabb's trilogy and, for my money, the best. His work is always well written and convincing, taut, exciting and fast paced, but this one is just better at all of those than anything before. There are two tracks of story, one in the past, the other in the present which intersect in a story of spies and their lies which is brilliantly crafted. There is no happy ending in the tale and it could have wound up being just a cynical record of murder, drugs and deception, but it has [...]

    6. Very well-written, surprised in a way at the brutality exacted over some characters - some repeats, some new ones. But it made for more 'realism', which is a good thing. McNabb shows knowledge of the Middle East and its affairs, which makes this real. It's not a 'parachute journalism' style of writing a novel, which is the danger in thrillers set in a political backdrop.Not essential to read McNabb's first two books - Olives and Beirut - for this, but it does help with context in certain passage [...]

    7. This is the third installment in the life of Gerald Lynch and certainly the most action packed. Olives, which was the first book in the series was fantastic because it linked a love story with action-adventure. In Shemlan though, the author has changed the theme with most major characters where it is about the memory of a past love life as a motivation for the action-adventure that follows. Well worth a read

    8. A clever, suspenseful and action-filled story about a retired diplomat and the sequence of events that follow when he returns to Beruit years after he left due to the civil war. This return triggers the interest of the CIA, SIS and culminates in tragic events you won't see coming. The pace is kept while you're taken on an action packed political adventure filled with intrigue. A highly recommended read.

    9. Another great book in the Gerald Lynch series. I'm really pleased to have discovered Alexander McNabb. His writing is clear, concise and just plain readable. Great characters and a compelling plot.

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