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Dynamite Fishermen by [Fleming, Preston]
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“The possibility of bloodshed at any moment keeps the story at an elevated level of suspense. Even the more languid moments move with a searing undertone. Uncertainty among the characters, coupled with relentless gunfire and explosions, make for an extraordinary novel, each page as eruptive as the city providing the setting.” KIRKUS REVIEWS

“Dynamite Fishermen is an absolute stunner of a novel. It’s clear Fleming has done his research and it shows in the seamless dialogue and the ease at which he tackles the task of conveying the wartime ambiance. This is a must-read for history buffs - although I feel strongly everyone will enjoy the rapid pace and captivating suspense. Fleming is a writer deserving of many accolades.” SAN FRANCISCO BOOK REVIEW

“In Dynamite Fishermen, Preston Fleming depicts heedless violence as a way of life from the perspective of an American intelligence officer. The story falls during a lull in the long running Lebanese civil war, a period plagued by daily car bombings, civilian shootings, artillery attacks and other mayhem. As many details of this conflict continue to reverberate today, this intelligently written novel provides a compelling page-turner and a memorable story.” PACIFIC BOOK REVIEW

“More than memorable…Captures Beirut's harsh terrain in a vibrant, fast-paced story.” BOOKPLEASURES.COM

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Beirut, 1982. Conrad Prosser is a skilled Arabist, expert agent handler, prolific intelligence reporter, and a connoisseur of Beirut's underground nightlife. But, as his two-year tour at the U.S. Embassy nears its end, Prosser's intelligence career is in jeopardy because he has not recruited an agent while in Lebanon, a sine qua non requirement for promotion.

Surveying his many contacts, Prosser selects an attractive Lebanese doctoral student and her idealistic brother as candidates for development. At the same time, he holds clandestine meetings by day and night with his string of Lebanese and Palestinian agents, pressing them to discover who is behind the latest wave of car bombings that has terrorized Muslim West Beirut. But when one of his agents supplies information used to capture a Syrian-backed bombing team, Prosser sets off a cycle of retaliation that threatens more than his career and cherished way of life.

At first denying, then later concealing, apparent attempts on his life, Prosser sets out to save both his job and his skin, exploiting his agents, his best friend, a former lover, his new girlfriend and her enigmatic brother. In doing so, he puts their lives at risk and discovers too late the effect of his heedless actions.

DYNAMITE FISHERMEN offers complex characters, fast-paced action, a vivid portrayal of human intelligence operations and the flavor of Beirut during its dark days of ci

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2086 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
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  • Publisher: PF Publishing (Jan. 8 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EV84PS
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"Dynamite Fishermen" by Preston Fleming is a fabulous read. Unlike thrillers or cookie-cutter-plotted page turners, the narrative is more like a slice of life. It takes readers into Beirut circa 1978-9. The city is embroiled in an uneasy ceasefire. Syrian, Lebanese, Christian and Palestinian enclaves have bunkered themselves in different quarters of the city. Life goes on despite assassinations and car bombs inciting artillery and rocket duals, to say nothing of Israeli air strikes. Residents still buy food, frequent restaurants and attend nightclubs. But no one is two breaths away from violent injury.

Fleming weaves complex characters, many from the American embassy, including the main character, Conrad Posser who is a field agent or spy. The author takes you through multiple meetings between Conrad and his contacts. The tension simmers like a slow-baked Christmas goose on every page.

More than anything, this novel gave me a glimpse of Beirut where the residents pursued life's pleasures and romance in the constant face of sudden death. Unless you live more dangerously than most folks, the novel will give you a taste of life in a city under siege. The characters live for the moment, for that is all they have.
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This book was amazing! I am anxiously waiting for the sequel as I luckily won a copy through Member Giveaway. It is fast paced, suspenseful, spy themed book with a few twists... Language is clear and descriptive and one gets caught up in the action. I couldn't put the book down once I started!! Thank you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 1981 Beirut, Told As If By An Insider Dec 9 2013
By Bob Fitzconner - Published on Amazon.com
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I found Preston Fleming's spy thriller set in 1981 Beirut, Lebanon, a bit slow to start with. Seeing that it's quite a long work, I thought I might struggle to remain interested in what appeared early on to be a turgid documentary of a desk jockey's exotic after-hours life in the Middle East.

But it kept drawing me back, and proved a satisfying read. Mr. Fleming writes well - he creates atmosphere and tension, and makes one care about the everyday people lost in the fog of someone else's war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great example of the realistic spy-thriller genre Aug. 1 2014
By calicocat - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read several novels by Preston Fleming and I have not been disappointed yet. They are well-written, timely, plenty of action and well-developed characters. This book presents the setting of Beirut in the 1980's amid all of the conflicts going on at that time. This is a realistic spy novel, not one of the over-the-top spy novels (although I like those too). I would suggest, for those of us who do not know the history of those times and the area, that a brief factual history of the time period and some maps be included in the book. There are a lot of different factions involved in this story, and it can get confusing as to the allegiances of these factions. Overall, this is a great read, and I am looking forward to reading all of Preston Fleming's books.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Author Presumes too Much of the Reader May 23 2014
By Laker - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a news junkie and am much more informed about the Middle East than your average reader. I have also traveled to the area a number of times although I have never been to Beirut. In spite of this, I found the book to be pretty hard to read and follow. First the author spends considerable amounts of time talking about businesses, streets, green lines etc. etc. but includes no maps to orient the reader. I would have preferred some maps instead of all the verbal gymnastics. Second, the author talks about all of the political groups, where they dominate, etc. etc. I have some knowledge of these groups and their allegiances, but it really is too much to expect the reader to keep up with all their names, who they represent, and what they are trying to accomplish, especially from thirty years ago. Also I find it kind of boring that the author is telling a story about spying etc. when the technology was fax machines, onionskin paper, and physical message drops, who is really interested in how these things were done years ago.

I also found it really hard to keep track of the characters and who they were, I did not find it interesting to try to remember who was doing what. This was a book were the Kindle X-ray would have helped but it was not included in this book. Also the characters were very one dimensional, so the reader never really get's a chance to understand who they are.

In my mind the two biggest events in Lebanon were the bombing of the marine barracks and the U.S, embassy and so I thought all the way through the book that the author was leading up to these really important events. Unfortunately the story is not about the build-up to these events because they never happen in the book. How is it possible they are not included? The one thing I did get from the book is that the life of a spy in Beirut during the eighties was pretty boring, highly risky, and very shallow. I understand from the author's background that he has an in-depth experience in the area. He needs to use it to tell a better story, not presume that his audience has the same knowledge of the area that he does, and spend more time developing the characters instead of describing what kind of car they are driving.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and great but with a disappointing ending Sept. 9 2014
By Jan Reber - Published on Amazon.com
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It is rare to find a novel of espionage written with such gritty realism. Much of the novel takes place in cars in and around a very dangerous Beirut in the early 1980's. The danger on the streets and the complex relationships between warring factions are presented in a visceral, exciting, and thought-provoking way. So why not five stars? The author throws it all away with a mind- numbing effort to make very very certain that the reader understands the symbolism of the title. After treating his readers as adults all along by offering an exciting but realistic story, the author dumbs himself down by spelling out the "meaning" of the story. Readers deserve better.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars depressingly accurate but riveting Feb. 18 2015
By Todd - Published on Amazon.com
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As one who has worked and lived, loved and experienced the heartache of Beirut, it was as if I was back.