In this vivid microcosm of the US ordeal in the Muslim world—at the human level where life is lived—Alex Anders, the son of American missionaries, grows up in Pakistan. Recruited into the CIA, he experiences personal trauma in Pinochet’s Chile before being assigned to the US Embassy in Pakistan where he confronts his ultimate crisis with US policies. A unique mixture of moving personal story, thriller, revealing account of the internal workings of the CIA, acute political analysis, and a deeply felt and probing discussion of the meaning of loyalty and patriotism. It provides insights into the profoundly tragic nature of the relationship between the USA and Pakistan, making it essential reading for anyone concerned with this volatile venture.
Graham E Fuller
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What a fine debut novel! Sure, Graham Fuller followed that old piece of advice, "Write what you know about," and, as the editorial reviews and the readers' comments make abundantly clear, he has been eminently successful in conveying this knowledge in a gripping, page-turner of a story with intellectual depth, authoritative atmospherics, and disturbing relevance to our misadventures in Afghanistan and Pakistan, to say nothing of Latin America. A good story, though, is obviously only part of the battle in writing a good book. And for me, this writer scores high at every yardstick:a well-conceived and balanced structure, good pacing, a pared-down writing style --anyone who has read his non-fiction works will recognize the trademark Fuller clarity---crackling dialogue whose intensity never flags, and an utterly believable dramatis personae. That last is no easy thing to accomplish when easily more than half the characters in "Breaking Faith" are non-American. We...
Fuller's book, while ostensibly about the CIA and the intricacies of espionage, is much more than that. In its tale of the protagonist's existential and moral journeys as a CIA officer, it gracefully reminds the reader that espionage and diplomacy are about human relationships, including friendship, betrayal, and the complexities therein. The novel also minds us that 'real' espionage and diplomacy often take place outside of the walls of fortess-like embassies, rather in cafes, homes, restaurants, and other settings. Fuller's strengths lie in his use of language, and his beautiful descriptions of settings, particularly Pakistan. A diplomat's or intelligence officer's experience of other cultures is often sensory, including visual, olfactory, sensory, and the like. Such qualities deepen the experiences of the protagonist, and humanize him in this very fine novel. Readers interested in south Asia will find much to appreciate in this book, and Fuller's deep expertise in the region...
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