The only reason I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars is that it's not my typical genre. I like my political spy thriller, and this, while it's not a political spy thriller... it's definitely a good suspense, dark comedy fiction novel. The author sells the story as a travel fiction, whereas I took it more of a fiction style story, with accurate and detailed real life existing locals. The characters seem realistic, and frustrating at the same time. It contained good dry humor, at a suitable pace. For a first time novelist, John hit the mark, and it didn't feel like his first crack at story telling. I will definitely recommend and/or purchase for family and friends.