The Saladin Murders

by Matt Rees | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 1843546485 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingsedna5213wing of Charlottenburg, Berlin Germany on 1/1/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by wingsedna5213wing from Charlottenburg, Berlin Germany on Monday, January 01, 2018
From the cover: "It is a blistering morning in Gaza as Omar Yussef struggles along the uneven streets to carry out a school inspection. But when he learns that a fellow teacher has been accused of links to the CIA and jailed, Yussef's suspicions are immediately aroused. The more Yussef investigates the arrest, the more people seem to be implicated and the murkier his search for the truth becomes.
With the police, the military and Gaza's most powerful gang all out to silence him, Yussef must soon face the terrifying realisation that he is no longer fighting to save his colleague - but himself...

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Well, this book doesn't make you want to visit the Gaza Strip....

Journal Entry 2 by wingsedna5213wing at Charlottenburg, Berlin Germany on Thursday, January 25, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (1/25/2018 UTC) at Charlottenburg, Berlin Germany

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The book is on its way to Delphi_Reader. Hope you will like it!

Journal Entry 3 by wingDelphi_Readerwing at Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on Thursday, February 01, 2018
The book arrived today! I'm curious about this novel not only after reading the plot, but mostly because of the setting. And I see that the crimes in the book are based on real events in Gaza, making it even more intriguing.

Thank you sedna5213, it seems very interesting.

Journal Entry 4 by wingDelphi_Readerwing at Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on Wednesday, February 28, 2018
I finished "The Saladin Murders" earlier today. I had high expectations for this book because we don't often get to read a crime/mystery novel set in Gaza Strip while the events described on the book are inspired by real events and the author has spend years living in the area...

But while I'm sure the violence and corrupted politicians and rival gangs depicted in the book are strongly rooted to the reality of Gaza, I felt the author never managed to give some extra depth and credibility to his story. While reading, I couldn't help but to get a sense of watching an action movie, full of stereotypical characters and predictable/cliché twists.

The developments were far too superficial, there were the usual emotional scenes and up and downs one would expect from tons of similar formulaic novels and I think somehow there was more telling than showing.

It's not that I found this book bad or something, just not as great as I though it'll be. It held my mild interest, but didn't strongly grabbed my attention, so it took me longer than expected to finish.

An okey-ish read when you are in the appropriate mood...

Journal Entry 5 by wingDelphi_Readerwing at First Sentences VBB, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Monday, September 24, 2018

Released 7 mos ago (9/24/2018 UTC) at First Sentences VBB, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases

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This book decided to re-visit Germany through the First Sentences Virtual Book Box - Round 15!
And then who knows where it'll travel next...

Enjoy!

First Sentence: "As Omar Yussef came along the passage, the flies left the flooded toilets to examine him. "

Journal Entry 6 by wingbluezwuzlwing at Altdorf (Niederbayern), Bayern Germany on Friday, September 28, 2018
The book arrived today - together with an Agatha Christie-novel. Thanks for the package!
It is not the Omar-Yussef-novel I've read before. I was astonished, though, to find "The Saladin Murders" already on my shelf. I found out, that I gave it to a (non bc) friend before reading it myself - so it's still new to me :-)

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