The Unknown Soldier

The Unknown Soldier

Book - 2005
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In the canon of espionage fiction, Gerald Seymour occupies a place of eminence all his own. Eric Ambler has described Seymour's novels as "rare pleasures... considerable novels that are also superb thrillers". Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, in the New York Times, praised Seymour's riveting debut Harry's Game as "absorbing from beginning to end-the sort of book that makes you lose track of time... More important, it makes you think about its subjects anew and see them with a fresher and broader perspective". In The Unknown Soldier, based on the horrifying premise of an Al Quaeda terrorist who convinces his captors that he is a simple taxi driver and is mistakenly released from the prison compounds at Guantanamo Bay, Seymour demonstrates his trademark ability to weave stunningly intricate and engrossing plots from the drama of current international events and has created his most riveting and suspenseful novel yet. Hidden in the vastness of the world's greatest desert-the Empty Quarter of Saudi Arabia-a tiny caravan of fugitives and camels moves slowly toward its goal. In extreme heat and exposed to cruelly vicious storms, they cross a wilderness in which only the strongest and most determined can survive. Deep in the sands, lost from sight, are the men they seek, the leaders of Al Quaeda, regrouping to strike again. One man in the caravan stands out. What drives him into the brutal harshness of the desert is his obsessive quest to rejoin his family-the leadership of Al Quaeda-and his loyalty to the family is total. For them, he will kill without mercy and without conscience. But first he must reach them and be briefed on his target.
Publisher: New York : Overlook Press, 2005.
ISBN: 9781585676347
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 400 pages ; 24 cm


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Oct 24, 2012

Wonderful character development, more prominent than the thriller aspect. One can feel and understand all the players in the game. Writing keeps the suspense going. Characters are flawed and that makes them more appealing than the cliched characters found in most thrillers

hagar1643 Mar 20, 2012

I reccommend this one for readers who want to give Mr. Seymour a try.

Aug 28, 2010

Grea story that grapples with the contemporary question of why some individuals have such hate that they are wlling to be violent. In the context of Osama bin Laden but with a twist. The suicide bomber is actally an anglo saxon, British born. Seymour seems to suggest that not allowing individuals to achieve their potential nor accepting them into our society and lives is a motivating factor generating their hate.
Interesting food for thought.


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