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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Going Gone by Abraham Lopez is a unique novel, a single story with deep layers. A tragedy strikes, the assassination of one man in the Middle East, and the lives of different people go spiraling out of control. Readers encounter a CIA agent, the military, and a host of other characters, including seemingly ordinary people, as they struggle to reconnect the dots and get an understanding of events in a world spiraling out of control. But who is behind the assassination? The killing of Saiid will rouse the most powerful and resourceful anti-Western groups in the Persian Gulf region. And who is responsible for this tragedy? Can the retired CIA director, now living with a terminal condition, fathom it out?
Abraham Lopez has a style that is unique and the narrative features very insightful and compelling passages, great political, cultural, and social commentaries that readers will find interesting. The story is intelligently plotted and purpose-driven, showing readers how one reckless act of murder can affect the world and international politics. The author has a great sense of setting and the international setting of this novel comes out brilliantly, with strong cultural and political elements seamlessly woven into the fabric of the tale.
Characters are well handled and readers will enjoy following some of them, each crafted with a solid background and relationships that allow readers to see them in their society and clearly in the story. The theme of terrorism and espionage is well developed alongside murder, which is at the center of the narrative. There are exciting dialogues sprinkled throughout the book and they are so intelligently crafted. One of the insightful moments I have pondered on is: ‘“How do you catch a jewel thief?” a mentor of his had once asked him. Before he could attempt a guess, the mentor had answered with a smirk, “You hire a better jewel thief.”’ If you’re looking for crime with compelling characters and a twist, then Going Gone will offer a lot of entertainment. Abraham Lopez has a gift for character and plot.