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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Betrayal in the Casbah by Ted Kissel is an action-packed military fiction novel that will make you read the story again and again. Colonel Mitch Ross, a decorated fighter pilot and a military attaché, was desperate for a break. He just wasn’t expecting to get that break after being attacked with a knife after a diplomatic dinner in Algiers. However, the actual adventure began when Mitch recovered and was approached by the CIA to bring a captive US pilot home. He was not alone in the mission. Mitch had the help of his assistant Officer Dave McQueen, friend French Colonel Yves Dureau, and Mitch’s nurse turned lover Abella. All of them would work together to bring the POW pilot back. All they had to do was figure out the enemy, find where the pilot was, and get him home safe and sound. Sounds easy, should be easy, but it wasn’t. Mitch and his team had their work cut out for them, and it would take all of their brilliance together to get the job done.
The narrative of Betrayal in the Casbah by Ted Kissel felt almost too real, too natural to be fiction. More often than not, I felt like I was part of Mitch’s team having discussions, thinking up strategies, and hoping to find a solution before it was too late. The descriptions were hyper-realistic, the action was intense, and the suspense of the story was nail-biting. It is hard to come across a military thriller that grabs the attention of readers and makes them stay until the end. The pace of the story wasn’t really fast, and it wasn’t slow either. It was a simmer that slowly but surely reached a boiling point before the heat got too much. The dialogues were the highlight of the story. These allowed readers to get a closer look into the minds of the characters and understand what happened to them. I loved this book.