Swallow

Swallow

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An age-old conflict explodes into the 21st century: In this highly anticipated follow-up to the The China Gambit, Craig Page, the daring director of the European Counterterrorism Agency, is tasked with halting a nefarious plot to bring war upon the entire Western world. When criminal mastermind Ahmed Sadi adopts the name and mission of martyred medieval General Musa Ben Abdil, he pledges blood-soaked retribution for the expulsion of Muslims from Southern Spain 500 years ago. Joined by China Gambit villain General Zhou, who has his own devious plot in mind, Sadi just might have enough firepower to spark a global uprising. Working against the clock, Page is sent racing from Morocco to Madrid, Paris to the Papal Palace, determined to save the world...again.
Craig Page, the bold and daring EU Director of Counterterrorism, becomes the focal point of an effort to stop the feared terrorist Ahmed Sadi, whose goal is to provoke a Muslim uprising in Western Europe. Ahmed, a Muslim fanatic born in Paris to parents who emigrated from Algeria, calls himself Musa Ben Abdil, after a Muslim hero from the Fifteenth Century War with Spain. Page teams up once again the resourceful Elizabeth Crowder, a newspaper reporter who has also become his lover. Ahmed’s plans become far more menacing when he is joined by Chinese General Zhou, who had been exiled to France for his devious actions in The China Gambit. With Zhou’s assistance, Ahmed’s plan is to launch a horrific attack on the heart of Christianity. At the same time, Ahmed wants to retake militarily for Islam a portion of Southern Spain. He relies upon a medieval parchment he claims to have uncovered, in which Queen Isabella on her death bed in 1504 ceded a portion of Southern Spain to the Muslims in perpetuity. His one main obstacle: Page himself is hot on his trail, determined as ever to save the world from a master criminal. From Spain to Morocco and beyond to Italy, Page and General Zhou renew their battle, even as Ahmed plots his deadly revenge.

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"In this unique novel, outstanding new literary talent Sefi Atta takes great strides in style and form, to bring wit and passion to the heartbreaking story of Tolani and Rose, two young women struggling, not always successfully, to make an honest living in contemporary Nigeria... Atta tells in an eminently readable voice the irreconcilable nature of the two friends' fates."-Tsitsi Dangarembga, author of Nervous Conditions

"No contemporary Nigerian writer is better than Sefi Atta at evoking the smells, sounds and the sheer madness of this sprawling cosmopolitan city of Lagos."ùToni Kan Onwordi, author of Nights of the Creaking Bed

"Tender, fierce, vivid and memorableùa bold, distinctive novel from a writer who doesn't compromise her integrity."-Leila Aboulela, author of Minaret

"Sefi Atta has woven a quietly intricate powerful tale that pulls from problems of gender, class, and Lagosian life. It's a novel whose many colorful characters, compelling story, distinct place and turbulent time will stay with you long after you've read the last world."-Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, author of Zahrah the Windseeker

Sefi Atta's first novel, Everything Good Will come, won the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa. Her short-story collection News from Home received the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa.

Publisher: Northampton, Mass. : Interlink Books, 2010
ISBN: 9781566568333
1566568331
Characteristics: 295 p. ; 21 cm

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KarenChadwick
Feb 15, 2012

Great story of friendship but also very sad.

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