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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Leda by author A.A. Eimont is a terrorist thriller novel with a highly literary quality to it. The plot focuses on Leda as its central heroine, a highly unlikely figure from a background severely underrepresented in modern fiction. A physician in her seventies, Leda comes from a country club life style where she has mingled with the best of the best for years. Now at the apparent conclusion of her life, she suddenly finds herself tempted to visit a refugee camp in Palestine where she becomes embroiled in its political struggle. Seduced by Talib, a young Egyptian physician, Leda is spotted as the ideal recruit for terrorism. She is so unlikely to be suspected wherever she goes that Leda discovers she has aptitude and success in the field. While she begins to plot the end of her own life as a sacrifice for her cause, we are treated to her deeply psychological journey.
A.A. Eimont writes superbly on the topics of psychology, philosophy and radicalisation as we delve into the mind of our unusual heroine. Leda is a darkly triumphant novel written in elegant literary prose and is well researched on all sides. From the lives of her fellow physicians to vivid and accurate descriptions of the Middle East, the novel smacks of authenticity and invites readers into a vivid and frighteningly realistic world. The issues of human rights, and the line between terrorist and freedom fighter is blurred spectacularly by Leda’s incredible journey in which it is easy to see what lies on both sides of the coin.