“This is a terrific book, much in sync with current events. It is edgy. The characters are real. I rooted for the protagonists Alex and Jolene, found the villainous al-Sadi the soul of deception and detached cruelty. The book moves quickly. The plot is smart, thoroughly engaging. Plenty of twists and turns. It felt like Nelson DeMille The Lion’s Game in tempo, suspense, and nerve-wracking anticipation.”