Saturday, April 24, 2010
"The Prisoner of Guantanamo", by Dan Fesperman
The story brings FBI special agent Revere Falk to the infamous US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. As principal interrogator his job is to extract vital information from a jihadist detainee Adnan al-Handi, a young Yemeni captured during a fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan. He is strongly suspected of holding vital intelligence about the inner workings of al-Qaeda.
The novel focuses mainly on three events: Falks interrogation of Adnan , the investigation of the mysterious murder of a reservist whose body washes up on the shore of the base and the feared link to Falks youthful indiscretions which he has worked hard to hide.
The story brings out paranoia, rivalries and distrust. The plot is layered with intrigue and suspense, it provides enough detail to add credibility. The characters are portrayed nicely and it is easy to get into them, they feel real. It is an interesting novel that is cleverly written highlighting life at "Gitmo", a life dominated by the military