Most books that go into these issues roll around in the extreme self-indulgence of the evil-doer, glorifying it, really, leaving a dirty feeling. I had no dirty feeling at the end of this book. I stayed "level headed" but with a little more insight into my world.
In summary, for me, the author delves into defining issues without losing his sense of humanity. Quite an accomplishment! I look forward to his next book.
It's just what the doctor ordered--a riveting tale of exquisite spycraft, authoritarian meanness, white-knuckle chases, and perils-of-Pauline escapes--an impressive first sally from an American writer with a fresh perspective on the genre. There are good things to look forward to from Farsheed Ferdowsi.
Mushroom In The Sand has the requisite complement of good guys, bad guys and gray guys pushing and pulling at cross-purposes, but with a unique and chilling 21st century nuclear twist. The foreground cast is principally Iranians of varying persuasions in a literal and symbolic life-or-death struggle for the soul of their newly risen Middle Eastern homeland. In the balance, coincidentally, is all our fates.
The protagonist, Ross Shaheen, is a world-class Iranian-American nuclear physicist coerced to consult with bomb-making Iranian counterparts who kidnap his daughter in California. Big mistake.New hero--maybe the Robert Langdon of Middle Eastern intrigue.
In a flash the spymasters of great and grungy powers weigh in with shock and awe. But, lucky for all of us, statist arrogance is no match for the self-empowering initiative of morally engaged individuals. Phew!
Don't hesitate to read this satisfying book by a budding world-minded writer of consequence.
My sincere thanks to all the reviewers!