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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
General Rahmini's Dilemma is a novel of intrigue written by Benson Grayson. Had they told him that he would end up working for ISIS, the general would never have believed it, but circumstances being what they were, the former Iraqi Chief of Counterintelligence under Saddam Hussein saw no other option now that the Shia were the ruling party in Baghdad. His high position in Hussein’s government also meant that the US would have treated him no less leniently than those Shia. But the demands of ISIS were getting more and more bizarre. His recent assignment -- to facilitate a program that would detect CIA plants in ISIS -- was impossible to fulfill, and his superiors were getting impatient. Rahmini’s own plan for getting ISIS volunteers into the US on terror assignments was met with reproof at first, but then his superiors decided they would go for it, with certain changes that would mean a great deal to the general personally.
I found the tone of Benson Grayson’s novel of intrigue, General Rahmini's Dilemma, to be agreeably reminiscent of classic espionage novels, even with the modern twist of having ISIS as the arch-villain instead of the Soviet Union. One can’t help but be oddly sympathetic to the plight of the displaced general, who found himself having to contend with the devil he knows even as one is horrified by his proposals for terrorism. Watching him cast aside his past and learn to adapt to a new, uncertain and strange culture was entertaining indeed, and it went a long way towards answering the old “nature versus nurture” question. Grayson’s story is well-written and action-packed, and his character analysis of General Rahmini is perceptive and thought-provoking. General Rahmini's Dilemma is most highly recommended.