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Tehran Conviction
by Tom Gabbay
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William Morrow, 2009 (2009)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

It's 1953 and Jack Teller has just joined the CIA. Posing as an oil executive the young man is sent to Iran as part of Operation Ajax, the agency's first attempt to overthrow the government of a sovereign state.

Twenty-six years later, in 1979, Jack returns to a much different country, one that is now in the grip of a religious revolution. Trying to save a friend from Islamic justice, Jack finds himself embroiled in the emerging struggle between the West and a new and dangerous ideology.

Just as a young Jack Teller was divided by conflicting loyalties on his first assignment to Tehran and made a choice that reverberated for decades, so too his return sets up a scenario where the renegade agent must make some potentially fateful decisions that will have far reaching consequences.

'In each Jack Teller story I try to use a critical turning point in history to build a plausible, if fictional account of events,' writes Tom Gabbay. 'We've previously seen Jack at the heart of two great struggles of the Twentieth Century; the fight against Communism (The Berlin Conspiracy) and Nazism (The Lisbon Crossing). This one finds him at the source of the current conflict, the struggle against Islamic Fundamentalism.'

Gabbay not only successfully recreates the time period and issues that affect the telling of his story, but he also develops a compelling conflict where his central character must make some difficult choices between loyalty to friend or country.

For those looking for a good suspense novel that addresses some topical issues, The Tehran Conviction will provide a very satisfying read.

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