Jan. 5th, 2012

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A gift in the BookCrossing 'Twelve Days of Christmas' exchange - it arrived with a box full of drumstick lollies, toy percussion instruments, drummer Christmas ornaments, and the like. And I managed to finish reading it within the twelve days of Christmas, so.

The relevance of the title does not become apparent until quite a long way through, and I don't wish to spoil anyone, so I won't explain. I will say that the plot involves a disgraced US Foreign Service officer working with a bunch of suspicious characters (my favourite sort of character!) to thwart terrorism. It took me a while to get into, but once the suspicious characters had shown up and the team had gelled, I was hooked. There were a couple of twists I didn't see coming, and, while the ultimate threat felt rather insubstantial, it was a reasonably suspenseful read.

There was quite a lot of anti-Muslim stereotyping in here. While this is hardly surprising given the subject matter, it did make me feel very uncomfortable.

I do wonder how different this novel would be had it been published in 2002 rather than 1998, mind you.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/10329708

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