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The author is a great story teller who exhibits a command of the subject matter and the period This is an excellent thriller that grew my interest, particularly after the first third of the book when the background circumstances were defined I like stories which clearly take me away into the time and place, and this one captured the spirit Much like some other recent historical novels, we are inside the lives of Americans who are on foreign soil in extremely dangerous circumstances.We are taken to the midst of the Lebanese Civil War in 1981 at the side of Conrad Prosser, junior case officer in the Beirut CIA station, and Walter Lukash, a seasoned case officer newly assigned to the Phalangist Intelligence Services in East Beirut Walt is known to be effective in recruiting agents but a difficult character who does not follow the rules.We learn from the Ambassador that since the November elections, the White House and the National Security Council are asking if the leaders of the Phalange Party can be coaxed bribed to take amoderate position toward their Muslim countrymen.Increased intelligence cooperation with the Phalange is clearly the starting point Lukash has been selected by the agency to act as the US government s intelligence representative to the Phalanage and to encourage them to believe that further American support will be contingent on the letter and spirit of their cooperation.The support will primarily come in the form of newly delivered electronic communications equipment and weaponsthat must have their usage monitored to insure they does not precipitate a Syrian response against American interests in Beirut.Prosser knows Lukash from their Beirut work two years earlier he knows him to have a short memory and to be a guy who cares only about what is happening to himself today.The reader learns one fact not disclosed by Lukash to his CIA bosses that may destroy their plans Lukash is also known in Beirut as William Conklin, an American Arab language student who abruptly flew out five years ago and deserted Muna, his beautiful new Lebanese bride from a prominent Phalange family.Within this framework Lukash must also deal with his soul mate Irish girlfriend, Lorraine Ellis, who has followed him from Amman with the hope of marriage and life in the U.S.Lukash s assignment will have him cross over into East Beirut and settle in with the Phalange It also has him working shoulder to shoulder with the Phalangist Major Elie who has long desired to marry Lukash s deserted wife Meanwhile, Lukash nearly becomes a casualty of both Syrian and Phalangists power players.The author s detailed descriptions of the Beirut city life and the Lebanese countryside during this period add rich flavor and strong credability to the story We come to know the crossover points, the ad hoc roadblocks by local militias, and random actions taken by factions for power, politics, money, or personal pleasure including kidnapping and random executions The human suffering of the Lebanese citizenry from years upon years of fighting and political collapse is made personal through the portraits of characters of different ages and social circumstances, from the former upper middle class merchant families who have lost nearly all their wealth from burned businesses during the war, to seventeen year olds who act as hooded thugs at impromptu roadblocks.We see the factionalized Lebanese society composed of groups who seek to destroy each other based on a religion, revenge, or personal power politics of the Lebanese or the Syrian Asad family.As one would expect if you are at the Green Line in Beirut of 1981, Lukash and Prosser are at risk in a free for all setting which apparently continues today While this is a novel about history as well as love and personal growth, it is also very relevent to understanding the nature of today s Middle East region. Walter Lukash is caught in two worlds but doesn t see a way out of his situation either Walter s girlfriend who happens to be married is chasing after him because she s a clingy bitch Walter secretly married against policy now has to face the consequences of that choice as well Walter is suppose to prevent The US from getting involved in another war Walter s contacts have other ideas about his mandate Can Walter get out of the crossfire Will the girlfriend or wife find Walter Your answers await you in Bride of a Bygone War.Preston Fleming has created a wonderful world that centers around historical facts He brings them to life by showing how the intelligence world really works not just the Hollywood version of the events, places, and people Fleming never seems to fail at making historical facts into a captivation story I look forward toof this author in the future. My first reaction to Bride of a Bygone War was how different it was from its companion novel, Dynamite Fishermen, and from Fleming s Kamas novels While the setting of Bride remains war torn Beirut during the early 1980s, the mood is palpably different from that of Dynamite Fishermen and the story is told in a very different way Thenovels Fleming writes, thesurprises I expect he will deliver and theinteresting they will likely be This is most assuredly no one trick pony.But back to Bride while delivering the goods as a spy novel, I thought it transcended the spy thriller genre by also portraying how the corrosiveness of spying led the story s protagonist to make choices that later turned his personal and professional life upside down While the main plot of Bride revolves around Walter Lukash s assignment as liaison officer between the CIA and the Lebanese Christian Phalange militia, a pair of subplots focus on his personal relationships, one with his Irish girlfriend and one with the Lebanese wife he deserted five years earlier And while the main plot raises threats from the Phalange, Syrian occupation forces and CIA Headquarters, the subplots test Lukash s character.Since synopses of Bride are available elsewhere, I ll end this review with what I found most significant about Bride and why I recommend it Above all, this is a marvelously rich story of a man who struggles with issues of professional and personal integrity while undergoing a coming of age transition from reckless bachelor to responsible adult Second, since Lukash is a spy and the setting is Beirut, the book offers heapsof suspense and violent action, none of which is clich d or formulaic Third, Fleming s natural and concrete writing style is highly effective at bringing to life the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Beirut at a time of brutish civil conflict but without resorting to sensationalism And Fleming obviously writes from first hand knowledge his references to Middle East politics, history and culture are authoritative and insightful but show a light touch and are never overdone.In sum, Bride of a Bygone War is a gem of a spy novel intelligent, literate, sensual, and rich with the kind of romance and foreign intrigue that kept a spy fan like me turning the pages until the surprising and highly satisfying end. I received this ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.I read the Kamas Trilogy bt this author so I was excited to read another of his books Bride of a Bygone War did not disappoint The story starts out a bit slowly for me The author had to develop a batch of State Department and CIA types in the confines of the rather dismal world of diplomats After a bit the story grew on me with the descriptions of the harsh conditions in Beirut and Lebanon As the story progressed, the culture and history of Lebanon began to show through So much in fact, that I took a break from reading the story to read about Lebanon in the 1970 s to 1990 It is an interesting history shared by three almost equal in numbers religions.This is an intriguing thriller with a large cast of interesting characters The author has an obvious history of the diplomatic corps inner workings and the part of the Middle East enveloping Lebanon A very enthralling story that should captivate all who read this book. A man in trouble in Lebanon.On the outside as a courrier and spy for the state department with a sprinter group a long lost wife and at Least one serious girl friend he s likely to be killed as escape to safety Lebanon brought to life. Middle East BetrayalSuspence romance drama keep the reader on tenterhooks till the end the writers knowledge of that part of the World adds to understanding the plot and themes better Great charactersMy second novel read from this author and I am looking forward to readingintrigue from him very soon. Interesting readNot a boring page, easy to read I liked the characters, they weren t overly predictable I could believe the story could happen. {DOWNLOAD PDF} ⚤ Bride of a Bygone War  The Second Book In The Beirut Trilogy, BRIDE OF A BYGONE WAR Is Set In The Spring Of , Following The American Elections, When Lebanon Hopes For Fresh Political Winds That Might End Their Seven Year Civil War Enter Walter Lukash, A Midlevel CIA Officer Assigned As Intelligence Liaison To The Phalange Militia Lukash Soon Becomes A Pawn In A Levantine Game Intended To Draw The US Into Conflict With Lebanon S Syrian Occupiers Unfortunately, Lukash Is Too Distracted By Problems Arising From Having Abandoned His Lebanese Bride Five Years Earlier To See The Trap Until It SpringsNOPSIS Beirut,Walter Lukash, A Journeyman CIA Case Officer, Has Been Posted In The Middle East For Eight Straight Years And Is Ready For A Quiet Desk Job Back In Washington When He Is Ordered To Beirut Instead For A Two Month Secret Liaison Assignment With The Phalange Militia S Intelligence Unit, His Superiors Believe They Understand His Reluctance To Accept What They Don T Know Is That, Five Years Earlier, Lukash Secretly Married A Lebanese Woman Against Agency Rules And Abandoned Her Soon After The Outbreak Of War More Than That, His New Irish Live In Girlfriend, Whom The Agency Considers A Security Risk, Has Followed Him To Beirut From Amman And Lukash Has Defied Orders To Break Off The Relationship When The Two Month Assignment Is Extended To Two Years, Lukash Realizes He Can No Longer Avoid Painful Realities And Choices But Before He Can Straighten Things Out, He Is Caught In A Deadly Three Way Intrigue Between The Phalange, The US Government And Lebanon S Ruthless Syrian Occupiers That Threatens To Unleash The Full Force Of Syrian Backed Terrorism Against Americans In Beirut BRIDE OF A BYGONE WAR Captures The Unique Atmosphere Of Civil War Beirut With A Lively And Intelligent Style That Draws The Reader Into Deep Identification With The Characters And The Action This was a captivating book I was entranced and felt like I myself was in the story, which I feel is the way good books make you feel.