First chapter, Meme

First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros #11


Diane over at Bibliophile by the Sea hosts this meme.

The Hostage

Today I’m featuring a book from my shelf that I’m currently reading for the TBR Challenge. 

As an American, Jean-Paul Lorimer was always annoyed or embarrassed, or both, every time he arrived at Vienna’s international airport. The first thing one saw when entering the terminal was a Starbucks kiosk.

The arrogance of Americans to sell coffee in Vienna! With such a lurid red neon sign!

This is a humongous chunkster (750 pages) that I wanted to get off of my shelf and get it out of the way first, ha! I will admit that the above excerpt does not do justice for getting a feel of the book. Because of that I will also leave you with the blurb from the back of the book:

An American diplomat’s wife is kidnapped in Argentina, and her husband murdered before her eyes. She is told her children will be next if she doesn’t tell the kidnappers where her brother is – a man who may know quite a bit about the burgeoning United Nations/Iraq oil-for-food scandal. There is an awful lot of money flying around, and an awful lot of hands are reaching up to grab it, and some of those hands don’t mind shedding as much blood as it takes – even if that blood comes from Charley Castillo…

I will say that I’m 300 pages into this book and enjoying it, but I don’t think it’s going to be a book that I can recommend to everyone. Can’t wait to see what everyone else is reading this week 🙂

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