Author: Ellis Shuman
Title: The Burgas Affair
Genre(s): Mystery; Thriller and suspense; Terrorism; Spies and politics
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Review: From the moment I started reading The Burgas Affair I knew I was in for a thrilling ride as this novel is incredibly fast paced and will have you flipping the pages faster than you can read them. One aspect of this book I really enjoyed is how it is based on real events and I think Ellis did a great job at providing justice to those events through his writing. Ellis's writing style is descriptive of both characters and scenes, which I found helpful in creating depth to the plot lines. Although this novel is jam packed with action from beginning to end, the vivid details helped to ground the drama and launch the reader's imagination to see exactly what Ellis was portraying. Additionally, the character growth and development was astounding and elegantly conveyed through the use of past and present tensed scenes. When Ellis created the shifts in time, I did not become confused about what was happening since the transitions were well placed and executed. Overall, this well-written novel took me for a a thrilling ride that I was sad to disembark. I recommend this to anyone looking for a fast paced, action packed, detailed description of a plot based on true events. You will not be disappointed!
Book Description: "She’s an Israeli data analyst. He’s a headstrong Bulgarian detective. Together they must track down those responsible for a horrific bombing. In the wake of a deadly terrorist attack at Burgas Airport in Bulgaria, Israeli and Bulgarian intelligence agencies launch a joint investigation. Detective Boyko Stanchev on the police task force teams up with Ayala Navon, a young Israeli intelligence analyst on her first overseas assignment. The two must establish whether the terrorists were assisted by a Bulgarian crime organization in laying the groundwork for the attack. It should be a routine investigation, but shadows of the past keep interfering. Boyko’s interactions with a crime boss pursuing a vendetta against him threaten to throw him off track. Ayala’s pursuit of the terrorists and their accomplices brings up painful memories of a family tragedy. Boyko and Ayala form a shaky alliance, one that evolves into growing cooperation and affection as they desperately race against time to uncover who was behind the Burgas bombing. The Burgas Affair is a fictional account of the aftermath of a very real terrorist attack. On July 18, 2012, a deadly explosive rocked a tourist bus at Burgas Airport, killing five Israelis and their Bulgarian bus driver. The terrorists responsible for this murderous attack have never been brought to justice."
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