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All The Young Warriors (Mustafa and Adem) by [Smith, Anthony Neil]
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From a double cop-killing on the frozen streets of Minnesota to the burning sands of Mogadishu, Somali pirates and a brutal civil war, All The Young Warriors is an epic thriller spanning continents and cultures. Murder, warfare, piracy, love, betrayal and revenge - this is a white-knuckle ride for fans of James Lee Burke (the Dave Robicheaux series) and Michael Connelly (the Harry Bosch series).Winner of the 2012 Spinetingler Award for Best Novel: Rising StarWhen two of the Twin Cities' "Lost Boys" — young Somali men drafted to fight for terrorists back in the homeland — kill a pair of cops on his home turf, detective Ray Bleeker is left devastated. One of the dead cops was his girlfriend. The investigation grinds to a halt when he discovers that the young murderers have fled to Somalia to fight in the rebel army. He's at his wits' end until the father of one of the boys, an ex-gang leader called Mustafa, comes looking for answers. Bleeker and Mustafa form an uneasy alliance, teaming up to help bring the boys back home. But little do they know what Somalia has in store for them."a brilliant book, possibly the best novel of the year." - Les Edgerton"written with a sureness of hand and a depth of character that are impressive. A highly accomplished crime novel exposing an often unseen world." - The Big Issue"All The Young Warriors will grip readers who enjoy the chance to slip into a foreign culture and also those who want a page-turning thriller" - Spinetingler Magazine"a powerful story that is both riveting and meaningful" - Crime Fiction Lover"this book is a classic in the making" - I Meant To Read That"All The Young Warriors is a pretty rare beast, a clever page-turner. It deserves to be a bestseller and has film adaptation stamped all over it." - Loitering With Intent"a courageous novel that raises a lot of pertinent questions" - Dead End Follies"Smith writes with force and clarity" - The Chicago Tribune"Smith's version of Minnesota is no Lake Wobegon; the inhabitants are refreshingly made up entirely of the deranged, the damaged, and the doomed. If you can picture the intellectual and physical mayhem that might have resulted from a Jim Thompson and Harry Crews collaboration, you'd be on the right track. But Anthony Neil Smith is his own writer — and a very fine one, indeed." - Booklist Also by Anthony Neil Smith featuring Mustafa and Adem: Once A Warrior.

About the Author

Anthony Neil Smith is a novelist and writing professor, currently the Chair of the English Department at Southwest Minnesota State University. He's the author of the Billy Lafitte series, plus a number of other books in the crime and horror/bizarro genres. His next Mustafa & Adem novel is Once a Warrior.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Blasted Heath (Dec 5 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GWGYE58
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HASH(0xa0118ae0) out of 5 stars Perhaps the best book of 2011... Nov. 7 2011
By OzNoir - Published on
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All The Young Warriors is by far the most accomplished and ambitious novel yet by Anthony Neil Smith. In ATYW, Smith touches on religious fanaticism and the impressionable American inner city youth misguided by recruitment vultures who feed their delusions by selling broken dreams and false prosperity with the acclimation for cause - a rebirth of faith. At the thrillers' heart lies a breaking man whose second lease on life is taken away at the hands of a merciless thug turned terrorist-in-training; Jilbriil. Having his partner and unborn child gunned down sets a turn of events in motion which sees the streets of Minnesota and the desert landscape of Somalia run red with vengeance and unjustified blood lust.

Bleeker (the meaning namesake 'bleak' not lost on the casual observer) mourns his partner's passing by fueling his rage across continents, leaving no stone untouched in his quest to rid the world of his personal demon. Accompanied by an unlikely alliance in the form of a local gangster whose son, Adem, has been caught up in the terrorist plight - Bleeker's investigation leads him down a path populated by extremists, pirates, killers, and government officials alike.

All The Young Warriors, for it's graphic depiction of murder and retribution, retains a sense of realism delivered through heart thumping emotion and pulse pounding clarity. The aspects of a world ravaged to ruin and ruled by violence, yet softened by a few kind souls is thought provoking and awe inspiring. Smith has delivered on one of the best books of 2011 with each chapter further evidence of his ability to demand a reader's attention and hold it until the very end. Captivating and utterly essential. 5 stars.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0118b34) out of 5 stars An Excellent, Dark New Novel from Anthony Neil Smith Oct. 31 2011
By CavalierEsq - Published on
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The plot, in short: on their way to the airport, an American-Somali gang-banger and his relatively innocent friend shoot two cops in Minnesota. They're on their way to Somalia to join the civil war and "figure out what it's like to be Somalia." The gang-banger finds his true calling in the war; the innocent friend finds that he's out of his depth. Meanwhile, the lover of one of the slain cops and the father of the innocent friend begin looking for the pair, tracking them through the criminal underworld of Minnesota and all the way to Somalia.

This is a dark, violent book. Smith doesn't shy away from the violence visited on people, especially in Somalia. In Smith's hands, this adds to, rather than detracts from, the story. The book moves fast, and the suspense ratchets up throughout. There is also an authenticity to this book -- I'm not aware that the author visited Somalia for research, but the book certainly reads like he did.

After his outstanding YELLOW MEDICINE and HOGDOGGIN' (not to mention his e-only CHOKE ON YOUR LIES), I'd been eagerly waiting for a new Anthony Neil Smith book -- I'm happy to report that I was not disappointed.
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HASH(0xa0118f6c) out of 5 stars A must read for 2011 Dec 11 2011
By Cliff Hardy - Published on
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I really, really enjoyed this book for a number of different reasons. The complexity of plot was terrific and really kept me turning the pages. The locations were outstanding, from the freezing environments of Minnesota to the heat, dust and chaos of Somalia. And it wasn't just the locations that offered the contrasts ---- you had the two 'pairs' of men that the story revolves around; Bleeker and Mustafa, and JibriiL and Adem, who due to their actions and motivations were forced to work together to survive but were never totally comfortable in each others company. You also had contrasts in religion, Bleeker's Christian motivations for revenge and Jibriil's drive for Muslim rule in Mogadishu. You also had the female characters portrayed from very different aspects providing a lot to think about beyond the story itself. This book is a massive departure from Anthony Neil Smith's previous work and a significant advancement in his ambition and ability to tell a great story. And a book that will give you a great deal to think about well after you have finished it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa011933c) out of 5 stars Ripped From the Headlines March 27 2012
By Jersey Exile - Published on
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It's curious how many years one can go without reading a book about Somali gangs and pirates, and then to read two in one year...

Earlier this year, I read "Crossbones," of which I wrote: "A young man of Somali descent disappears from his Minneapolis home. His stepfather, Ahl, and uncle, Malik, a journalist, travel to Somalia in an attempt to find him and bring him home. This is the post-Blackhawk Down Somalia, before and in the early days of the Ethiopian invasion to drive out the Islamic Courts and restore - with U.S. backing - a more secular government. It is a dangerous country for everyone, particularly journalists and opponents of the Courts. The author takes the reader on a lengthy tour of recent Somali history and politics, Islamic thought in urban and rural Somalia, piracy and fishing disputes, kidnapping as a political and economic weapon, terrorism and bombing, and international relations in the Horn of Africa. The author, Nuruddin Farah, takes too much time dealing with family back-and-forth discussions about their histories and the Somali character, and many of the characters within the family are among the least interesting. Of more interest are the pirates, Shabbab terrorists, and their financial enablers. It's a good read, but not a great one."

"All the Young Warriors" treats essentially the same subject, but in a very different way. Anthony Neil Smith has written an action novel that pairs a burned-out, small-town, Minnesota cop with a former Minneapolis gang-banger of Somali descent to bring back from Somalia the killer(s) of the cop's girlfriend; one of whom might be the Somali's son. Stateside, they battle to form a trusting relationship while working to break the chain of recruitment to jihad of young Somali-Americans living in the nation's heartland. Overseas, they search for the two Somali suspects in terrorist camps of the Horn of Africa. The book also tells the story of the two young men, Jibril, the impulsive, gangsta wannabe, and Adem, a college student searching for his Somali and Muslim roots. beginning with the shooting of two Minnesota cops, the two examine their faith, desire for power and influence, and willingness to kill for their cause, as members of a ruthless militia and as pawns of a gang of pirates who prey on international shipping.

This is a fast-paced, exciting, and thoughtful book that deals with race, religion, nationality, prejudice, vengeance, and culture. It is, however, by no means a perfect book. At different points, the author refers to Somalis and at other Somalians; words that shouldn't be capitalized (such as spring and east)are, while others that should be capitalized (such as Muslim) are not. Most of the characters are well-drawn, but at least one is shockingly off-base, a college international studies director who has little good to say about international students. I worked 22 years for two universities, and never heard anything but total support from ISP staff for their international students, regardless of nationality. While Smith writes powerfully, he's a bit too enamored with the use of three-to-five word phrases rather than complete sentences.

One paragraph does, perhaps, boil down the strife that affects the Somali-Ethiopian conflict that provides the context for this novel: "Why Ethiopia? Because Ethiopians had invaded Somalia, occupied it, and killed indiscriminately. And they were Christian. Now they'd been chased back, but still attacked whenever they felt like it. Same with the Somalis, tit for tat. Mutual hatred. Nothing better to do." And life goes on.
HASH(0xa01192e8) out of 5 stars You must read this book! Aug. 11 2013
By James Mowry - Published on
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This is Smith's best book yet (as of August 2013, anyway), which is saying quite a lot, as the Billy LaFitte series is tough competition. Like the LaFitte books, ALL THE YOUNG WARRIORS is full of gut-turning violence, filthy language, and characters of questionable morality. But whereas LaFitte has a bit of an over-the-top cartoon superantihero feel to him that detracts a little from the otherwise gritty nature of the stories, ALL THE YOUNG WARRIORS is taken straight from reality. It starts with a hideous murder of two small town Minnesota police, then follows the two young Somalis, Jibriil and Adem, who were involved from Minnesota to Somalia where they go to join the fight against--well, the West, I guess, but the ragtag Somali militia they join spends a lot more time stealing from its own people and meting out blood-curdling punishments to members of their own group for various offenses. One of Smith's great strengths as a writer is that he doesn't flinch at anything. He will go where the story needs to go and he will write what he has to write--whether it is a stoning for adultery or cutting someone's hand off for stealing bread.

The book alternates chapters between what is happening in Somalia and a Minnesota cop's very personal pursuit of the killer. It's personal because one of the police who was killed was his lover--three months pregnant with his child--and he was in the process of leaving his wife for her. The cop, Ray Bleeker, is not a sympathetic character no matter how much we feel for his loss. He is constantly on edge, a danger to himself and everyone around him, and he goes out of his way to offend. This is quite problematic since in order to track down the killer, he needs the help of Adem's father, Mustafa, the ex-leader of a Twin Cities Somali gang who quit for his son's sake and now works at the Target warehouse! Mustafa is not a person to be trifled with, but in a nice twist, it is the ex-gang leader who is the calming influence in this mismatched duo. Slowly they begin to understand and trust each other enough to start to trace the whereabouts of Adem, whom Mustafa believes to be innocent of the murder, and Jibriil, who he is convinced pulled the trigger.

From Minnesota to Somalia, this is a riveting tale of almost non-stop action that the author never lets get out of control. There are a lot of other memorable characters along the way, but I won't give away any more of the story than I have. This is a book you must read. Smith is quite simply one of the best writers I have ever read, and this is a masterfully told story that will grab both your gut and your heart.