Title: The Unintentional Jihadi
Obtained from Amazon on October 12, 2012
Author: Ian Stewart
Genre: Mystery Fiction
Reviewer: Charlie Kravetz
A real gem of a mystery!
A newspaper man, a little lie, a big problem! Mystery, intrigue, wonders of Asia all rolled into a great story. When the fabricated story goes wrong, it really goes wrong for our reporter. He is kidnapped, taken across country borders without a passport, almost murdered, and yet survives.
I like this book. This story is well-paced, exciting, with enough detail to make it almost believable. The way the reporter is treated may seem inhumane to some who have never experienced other cultures and countries. To me, it fits well with the culture and customs I experienced when in Thailand and South Korea. I am very happy I had the chance to read this book. It is a well thought out plot, not impossible as some fiction is, yet not so close to the truth that the reader can not enjoy the story. There were times when I thought the author went into too much description. However, I never got so involved in descriptions as to lose the story itself.
I believe the author was able to show some of the work of the terrorist group. He has also allowed the reader to experience some of the joys and wonders of Malaysia and Singapore without which the book would not be as good. This is an exciting story, which you will read to the end, and still allows the imagination to continue the “what if” lines after completing it.
I would recommend this to those who have traveled outside the United States, as well as to those who enjoy a good mystery. The twists and turns of the plot will keep the reader guessing at what will happen next. I will be looking forward to reading other books by this author.