If you enjoy spy thrillers featuring well-etched characters and European ambiance along the lines of John Le Carre’s, Turkey Shoot might just be your transcontinental cup of sinister tea. But in place of duplicitous spooks you’ll find a murder of terrorists plotting political revolution in a tale told entirely from their divergent communitarian perspectives. Each of the dirty half-dozen has his or her own idea of what a better world would look like but assuredly concurs that this one needs a clean sweep.
Their new recruit Mahmoud al Ramadi, fresh from battling ISIS in Syria, has lurched across Turkey and floated to Greece. There, in the port city of Piraeus, the Iraqi ex-engineering student adopts terrorism- or more precisely, the terrorists adopt him. The ambitious operation they have plotted will, he is informed, decimate the power elite and inspire revolution around the globe. Having vowed payback for war crimes that orphaned him, the devout Iraqi accepts the mission as his jihad. His thousand-mile odyssey from war-torn Mosul to strife-ridden Athens and part way back tests his metal, his wits, and his abiding faith.
But within days of meeting his new leader and comrades, authorities thwart their diabolical plot. Rudderless and homeless, they dejectedly regroup, only to have the men’s fragile camaraderie tested by a woman, a winsome infidel anarchist who steals Mahmoud’s vulnerable heart and worms her way into their midst. With scant resources beyond an unwitting accomplice’s generosity and a computer hacker’s dark arts, they instigate an impetuous plan to take down an autocratic head of state.
You’ll enjoy the action, the team’s interactions and their plucky ingenuity. How you’ll feel about their rogue operation and its dénouement depends on who you are, where you sit, and what you stand for, but it could be complicated. All that Mahmoud experiences edits his articles of faith and just might edit some of yours.
About the Author
A former academic widely recognized for innovations in digital mapping, Geoffrey Dutton repaired to industry as a developer, analyst and consultant, eventually settling down as a technical communicator telling computer users what they should and shouldn't do. Gnawing unease over the societal costs of high tech led him to quit the biz, whereupon he unlearned expository style and essayed to deconstruct the digital mindset. Over the last six years he has littered the Net with 400 articles, essays, stories and memoirs, most notably at CounterPunch, Medium, and Progressive Pilgrim Review. His obsession with high-tech hi-jinks shows up on his blog progressivepilgrim.review and in a short story narrated by a grumpy malware-infested PC in Atthis Arts' anthology As Told by Things. Unsurprisingly, Turkey Shoot--his first completed novel--also spotlights online malfeasance. Geoff lives in the Boston burbs with his endearing and enduring spouse, their generally awesome daughter, and two overfed and under-exercised pussycats. He enjoys cooking for his family, especially with wild mushrooms that he carts home from tramps in the woods. All are quite well, thank you.
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At last, a novel that honestly shows how radicals see their world
In its own odd way, this book addresses the quetion of what makes people turn to terrorism. Despite its weird digressions into cooking and entertaining, the story line succeeds in revealing motivations of its would-be terrorists and how they could spring from their life experiences. The characters are utterly convincing and their dynamics inevitably lead to the book's unlikely ending. Even if there were other, equally enthralling, books like it (which I have yet to locate) I would still give it four stars. Do you know of books that are anything like this one?