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by Jon Courtenay Grimwood

Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy

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In the final book of Grimwood's Arabesk
trilogy, Ashraf Bey goes undercover to protect the one man
he never thought he would work for --
his father. With unrest spreading
across North Africa, Raf finds his
world spiraling even further out of
control, and with the number of attempts on his father's life, he
and his ward, Hani, end up caught
in the crossfire.

A fantastic conclusion to an
absolutely stellar series, this volume delves more deeply into Raf's origins, how they've affected his present --
and they will affect his future. The author's take on a world where North African Islamic culture is one of the major world powers is, as always,
fascinating, and the collision of
modern ideas and technology with
Islam is one of the most interesting things about the world he's created.

Raf remains a compelling protagonist, both mysterious and utterly
transparent at the same time. The
fumbling steps he takes toward doing the right thing while still being true
to himself -- whoever that happens
to be -- makes for gripping reading.
(Jan., 384 pp., $12.00)

Reviewed By: Natalie A. Luhrs

Publisher: Bantam Spectra

Published: January 2006

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