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  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reissue edition (June 3 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451163532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451163530
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 10.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 640 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marc Wulfraat on Nov. 3 2009
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Ken Follet normally writes fiction and this is a non-fiction book. Follet started out as a news journalist and he is no stranger to research. In this case, the story follows Ross Perot of EDS and his team of volunteer employees who set out to rescue two of their associates that have been wrongfully imprisoned by the Iranian government in 1979 (the year of Iran's revolution).

This book should be mandatory reading for any business student taking a course on international business, because it depicts what can happen when a company conducts business in countries with high political risk. Ross Perot not only ended up risking his company but he also risked going to jail for breaking numerous laws in order to rescue two of his employees. Things could have gone very wrong and on many occasions very nearly did. Ross Perot and the ordinary EDS employees who set out to Iran to perform the heroics were extremely fortunate to execute the rescue successfully along with the help of key Iranian citizens. This is their story and it is an incredible one.

This story is one of the best Ken Follet books and is highly recommended reading. If you like great story-telling combined with a in-depth research and a strong dose of tension then this book is definitely for you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kireviewer on July 31 2003
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This is an absolutely true story of how some people working for Ross Perot at EDS were imprisoned in Iran and how the escaped. But, you know, sometimes true stories are not as interesting or suspenseful as fiction.
The introduction of the characters and the build up of the story are very well done. It is just that the escape was anticlimatic and not very exciting.
Other reveiwers make it sound like Ross Perot was a super hero, doing the impossible to rescue his workers. On Perot's side, he was very concerned for his people and took actions to try to help them. But, he wasn't involved in the actual rescue. He hired mercanaries to do the actual work.
It turns out that there was really no rescue. The captives escaped the prison on their own. The only thing the mercenaries supplied was transporation to the border. It made it easier for the people to get out of Iran, but they probably could have done it on their own.
This book would have been more interesting if it concentrated even more on the captives and gave less attention to Perot and the mercenaries. In that way, there would have been a lot more suspense and the ending would have had a better pay off.
This is not a bad book. The development of the characters is very good. And there is some tension when the captives are sent to prison. It's just there is no big action filled pay off in the end.
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this author is so very remarkable. I am always amazed at all his turn s and twists, but this story is true. I remember following it on CNN, what little they did say because of th secrecy involved. It was a real pleasure to read what actually happened. Ken Follett is a master of the spy novel and if you did not read it yet, I highly recomend it. DMCarriere
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Follett strays beyond his habitual range in this non-fiction account of an increadible rescue mission in Revolutionary Iran. I've read a handful of Follett and this one is my favourite. I would have given this five stars, but Follett doesn't seem to attempt much balance with Ross Perot's version of events. Well, I guess Perot did commission the work after all. Nevertheless I disagree with other reviewers that, in this case, truth is not as good as fiction. Follett's craft as a writer shines in his telling of a compelling story.
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By John Hubbard on June 27 2002
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It is as interesting as any of Tom Clancy's books with out boring you with 60 different plots that you know will eventually come to geather. It is great non-fiction book that lets you emerse yourself in the characters as well as the events of the time. If you have to do a report for school it is a great book, but it is just as good if you are looking for an interesting non-fiction read. A real page turner.
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The first part of the book is very interesting, how two people get arrested in Iran an the company owner (Ross Perot) make the dream team to take them out of jail, but when they are out and they trying to escape it gets boring and boring, you can read it but don't expect much of it.
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When telling a story, hire a great writer and that is exactly what Ross did here. Sure the story in its self is a great, but I am glad he had Ken Follett tell it. I did read this book before Ross ran from President so I did not have the view of him that I would today, i.e. I might tend to think some of the parts of the story go to his ego. This is a well-written book that tells a story that not many Americans know about. If you are interested in this part of the world, Terrorism or the Iran Hostage crises this is a must read. There is a good amount of detail and the required maps and diagrams. The book reads very well and will be finished before you know it.
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By Brian Davis on Jan. 30 2002
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This book is about a true events that actually took place and it shows the committment that some companies have for their employees. Not many companies will spend millions of dollars of their own money to rescue their own people from the confines of a country that is about to drop into a civil war.
I enjoyed this book a great deal and it gave me a great insight into Ross Perot and his relationship with his employees.
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